Armidale is known as a cathedral city and is renowned for its Gothic architecture, so any visit here should include a look at some of its most famous buildings, with the churches being the main attraction. The best way to make sure you do the city justice is to complete one of the town's heritage tours.
There are a few different tours to choose from. A walking tours includes the best churches on a route that's a few kilometres long, while a self-guided driving tour (which takes 1-2 hours) covers all the key sites. Both have more than 30 buildings and other attractions to see and they don't overlap, so you may want to do them both.
Two of the top attractions on these tours are very familiar from the tourist brochures: St Peter's Anglican Cathedral and The Catholic Cathedral of St Mary and St Joseph. There are also many other churches too.
St Peter's Anglican Cathedral
The Catholic Cathedral of St Mary and St Joseph (during light rain)
However, there's much more to the town's architecture than its religious side and quite a few eras of design are represented. Some of the other buildings you may catch include the Court House, the Town Hall, hotels and a series of cottages that are still in their original state and represent different eras of the town. Not all attractions are a buildings however.
Apex Lookout at Drummond Park
The Celtic Cross
Some of the buildings worth visiting in the area are not on the tours. Saumarez Homestead, a National Trust pastoral property, can only be visited during one of its own guided tours, which take place on weekends and public holidays. Another of the area's notable buildings isn't even Armidale; you'll find Gostwyck Chapel a short drive to the south.
In addition to the heritage tours, other things to do in Armidale include visiting one of the museums or galleries. The area is full of National Parks too, with the closest being Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, and is part of tnderbolt Country, where bushranger Captain Thunderbolt roamed, so there are many interesting sites to see nearby.
Armidale is the highest city in Australia and the surrounding area is full of impressive gorges