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Down County Museum

English Street | The Mall, Downpatrick BT30 6AH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 4461 5218
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Down County Museum is based in an old gaol of 1796 and has 10 galleries covering the archaeology and history of County Down, Early Christian archaeology from the Time of St Patrick, the history of the gaol (including original gaol cells), and the farming and maritime collections from the County of Down. There are hands-on activities for children, a Digital Film Archive (Northern Ireland Screen), full access to the site, audio features and lifts to all areas. The Cathedral View Tearoom offers a wide range of meals, scones, coffees and teas, and has a unique view from its windows of Down Cathedral on the Hill of Down, Inch Abbey, the River Quoile and the ancient Mound of Down fort.
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English Street | The Mall, Downpatrick BT30 6AH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 4461 5218

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Reviewed 8 May 2017

This was a most enjoyable place to visit. I found it taking me back to the 1800 hundreds, how prisoners were kept before trial and most were sentenced to be shipped to Australia. There is so much to enjoy. and the coffee shop is worth...More

Thank Hugh B
Reviewed 2 May 2017

A little tucked away but was well worth the walk to find it. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. We ran into a guy named Colm who was very helpful and really knew his stuff - made the trip in well worth it!

1  Thank Matthew P
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

We live nearby and pop in every so often. The museum is a lovely slice of the rich local history and although we don't always tour the museum when we go, the cafe is pretty good...it provides a fabulous view of the cathedral hill. The...More

1  Thank enterprisingsoul
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

What a great find in Downpatrick! I read that the museum held the remains to Dt Patrick's cross. Separately, a local from Newcastle had told me the old prison was worth a look. Who knew they were the same place? The buildings that house the...More

1  Thank Michele R
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

I took my grandchildren on a tour of down county museum. They enjoyed the full experience, loved the cell blocks and the stories connected. We stopped off in the museum tea rooms and we all enjoyed a first class lunch. Great day out.

Thank Angela G
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Had an amazing time at this museum with my children (3) and (6). On arrival Moire gave us a great child friendly presentation/ overview of the history of the museum and we ended up spending hours walking around all the rooms. Unfortunately we had eaten...More

1  Thank jojoha76
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

This place is a well presented museum with friendly and helpful staff. Exhibits are well set out and entire museum is spotless. Amenities likewise are exceptional. A good range of interesting artifacts covering a long time period and a number of historical areas of local...More

1  Thank LocalFoodieBoy
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Very impressed with this museum. A magnificent use of the former gaol. Very well laid out with plenty of interesting exhibits. We are interested in early Irish Christianity. There are plenty of interesting artifacts and excellent information about them and about the history of the...More

1  Thank Ballydorn
Reviewed 27 January 2017

I was working in town and asked locals where to go ... and they recommended here .... good recommendation !! Staff are lovely and happy to give you the history, and add their opinions ! .. makes an interesting 'history lesson' !! The displays are...More

1  Thank Almostgreynomad
Reviewed 27 January 2017

On a rainy, windy day in January my Husband and I decided to drop into the Down County Museum. We hadn't been there for a few years and while I have certainly recommended this spot to friends,I can sincerely now say the improvements carried out...More

1  Thank Patricia M
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