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Down County Museum

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“high cross”(13 reviews)
“local history”(15 reviews)
“old jail”(9 reviews)
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...more
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English Street | The Mall, Downpatrick BT30 6AH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 4461 5218
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All reviews high cross local history old jail well worth a visit new extension free entry original cells helpful tips temporary exhibition historical events governor's house excellent exhibition quick visit interactive exhibits great place to visit lovely lunch on display
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sadly, the main part of the museum was closed for electrical work, but it was well worth a visit for all of that. It was fascinating to see the old jail cells, the toy collections and local history. The staff are friendly and helpful and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank robi9
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We weren't sure what to expect in this little town museum but it was super grim start to finish. Personal welcome with free entry and an informative exhibition on Irish history with a focus on County Down - and that's just in the first building...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 13 February 2019

Spent an afternoon in the museum and could have stayed for a lot longer! There was a lot of interesting exhibitions, very well presented and really great to have on your doorstep. A place for delving into a few historical ages that holds your interest...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ferryport354
Reviewed 12 February 2019 via mobile

In Downpatrick today for a meeting and the lovely little restaurant in Down museum was highly recommended to the group of people I was with. The staff were really friendly, prices very competitive and food was fantastic. I had a gorgeous bowl of homemade vegetable...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Marley2013
Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

Had a lovely lunch here back in Dec with my son and daughters, all needs accommodated to and food superb, hidden gem

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Natalie0176
Reviewed 20 January 2019 via mobile

Love it. It is very evocative of days gone by. At one point in its chequered history it was the local Gaol. It has a plethora of great things to see and do onsite including a facsimile of a Gallows. One of the 1798 Rebellion...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dpcbeech
Reviewed 4 January 2019

Staff was very pleasant and interesting to talk with. Jail cells are authentic, with little changed since the 19th century. The artifacts and exhibits show a timeline of Ireland from prehistoric to modern, with an emphasis on the 18 and 19th century. Was a secondary...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jonathan C
Reviewed 23 December 2018 via mobile

Beautiful views, friendly service, great food. What is not to love about the this great little cafe.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AntheaP63
Reviewed 17 December 2018 via mobile

Have attended the museum in more than a couple of occasions for business meetings and unfortunately time did not allow a tour of the facilities. Returned on a visit for pleasure and was delighted to find a pleasant morning filled with a wealth of County...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Valerie R
Reviewed 27 October 2018

We were going to visit St. Patrick's Church and parked just outside this museum. The name doesn't sound interesting to the hurried tourist, but... We went inside to just get information on what was in town. However, we wound up spending about an hour and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Howard M
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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.
20 February 2018|
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