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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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“high cross” (10 reviews)
“local history” (11 reviews)
“old jail” (7 reviews)
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English Street | The Mall, Downpatrick BT30 6AH, Northern Ireland
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"high cross"
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"local history"
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"old jail"
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"modern times"
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"new extension"
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"stew"
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"interesting artifacts"
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"historical events"
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"free admission"
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"enthusiastic staff"
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"worth a visit"
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"children and adults"
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"quick visit"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Shannen H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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

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

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

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Reviewed 17 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

1  Thank susanwalsh
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

great place to visit and its free. The prison is split into what was the governors house and the prison. In the prison you can see the cells and some of the inmates(model) and see what they were sentenced for. If you look up at...More

2  Thank johnny112ireland
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

After 20 years since last visit spent a fascinating couple of hours in this former goal once used to hold criminals prior to their shipment to Australia. Huge improvements in this past two decades and marvellously sited restuarant overlooking the rolling hills of Co Down....More

2  Thank Rodney059
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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

We had a fantastic day for sian birthday kids all enjoyed playing the games and making there treasure boxes,staff were really nice and entertaining

Thank Carla M
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

I went on a university trip here with my classmates. It was my second visit and I really enjoyed it! The building is incredibly atmospheric, it's an old gaol that housed United Irishmen at one point. One of the highlights is the high cross, I...More

1  Thank Hannah G
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tmurdoch95
15 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
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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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