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One of largest towns in the New England Area, Armidale is known as a university city, with the University of New England, several higher education colleges and a number of private schools. Surrounded by exhilarating mountain scenery the town is almost 10% parkland and has a number of impressive public buildings including the majestic Catholic Cathedral of St Mary which towers over Central Park.
The modern New England Regional Art Museum is regarded as the best provincial collection of Australian art. The folk Museum, housed in an old building dating back to 1863 is also worth visiting.