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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
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+44 28 4461 5218
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"high cross"
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"local history"
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"old jail"
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"well worth a visit"
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"prehistoric times"
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"new extension"
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"helpful tips"
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"interesting artifacts"
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"historical events"
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"enthusiastic staff"
in 2 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 5 reviews
"children and adults"
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"quick visit"
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"free admission"
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"on display"
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"warm welcome"
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"nice cafe"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

An interesting little museum which includes everything from the earliest of times up to the present. What makes this better is that its free as well!! With a cracking little tea room which has a great view, it's certainly worth a visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of us arranged a tour of this museum with an emphasis on St. Patrick and the high crosses. However we also visited other parts of the museum - it is full of stories of the area and the country as a whole. My...More

Thank Pakal K
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

Upon entering the museum, we were greeted by the friendly staff, and directed to the exhibition, and a pleasurable couple of hours. given time, would have liked to spend a few hours there. No charge for the entry, and nominal at the cafe. Well worth...More

1  Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 25 May 2018

We popped in here, having been to see St Patrick's grave at the nearby cathedral. It's a great museum, giving you a history of Down from pre-history to the present and best of all, it's free.

1  Thank MimsyStarr
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

The Museum is an excellent way to spend your time in Downpatrick. If you're visiting from out of town, it's a must-do. We had a walk around the Down Cathedral and walked down to the museum with ease. Exploring through the sections of the museum,...More

2  Thank Shannen H
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Visit at the museum was so refreshing. The stuff were so friendly and helpful with informations and helpful tips. We felt very welcome. The tour was interesting and something special.

1  Thank Sabina M
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

The Museum, located in the former Downpatrick Gaol, is entered under a sign reading " Gaol ". As part of our small group's tour, the knowledgeable guide made passing reference to that role, particularly during the 1798 rebellion, pointing our the former Governor's House, a...More

1  Thank Geoff M
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Visited the Down County Museum with a group of friends (we are not the youngest), as this year's outing. We had an excellent guide who explained in detail the history and development of the museum. His enthusiasm for the displays was evident and he took...More

1  Thank Paul M
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Lovely museum with stunning views and very friendly, helpful staff. Definitely worth visiting if you're in the area

1  Thank Pippab80
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

We had been here before but a lot has happened since our last visit. The staff were very helpful and directed us to a fascinating photography exhibition by a local Elliott. We then went to see the new extension built to house the Downpatrick cross...More

2  Thank susanwalsh
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tmurdoch95
14 March 2018|
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Response from Drumnaconnor | Reviewed this property |
They have a lot of old records I'm sure they could help.
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Kath D
20 February 2018|
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Response from Stevie1604 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Kathy I live just beside the museum there is lots off history and I’m sure if you where to visit some day or even email them they might able to find lots off information regarding your enquiry hope that’s some hope and... More
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