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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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“old jail” (7 reviews)
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English Street | The Mall, Downpatrick BT30 6AH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 4461 5218

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fabulous attraction that a lot of people miss. There are interactive exhibitions, personal accounts of historical events and displays that are second to none. The high cross installation and the marble lights were a highlight. All topped of with a beautiful snack...More

Thank Drumnaconnor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were a group of 14 that visited the museum just to see the 1100 year old Downpatrick High Cross. It is in amazing condition.

1  Thank rxmarsden
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great FREE museum which has such a lot of information. I would highly recommend a visit which took us over 2 hours. A variety of things to see, some of which were thought provoking! I'm so glad we were able to spend...More

1  Thank rabarscotlandUK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place Togo with friends or family or even yourself to find out history off downpatrick also has a coffee shop to rest the feet and chill a must go visit if your in the Downpatrick area

1  Thank Stevie1604
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely museum of local history in what was Downpatrick jail, where a few grisly historical events themselves occurred including the execution of United Irish patriots after the failure of the 1798 rebellion. The cafe is excellent and the staff lovely throughout.

1  Thank Aidan M
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Slightly of the beaten track, but between the historic cathedral and the courts. Sets out the past and recent history of Downpatrick in a simple way and can be appreciated by children and adults alike. The goal has a particular appeal to young children. The...More

1  Thank Philip N
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Fabulous and FREE. We spent 2-3 hours of really interesting reading and looking. The staff were charming and informative. There was a timeline of Ireland from medieval to present time. I am much more knowledgeable about the country's history. Very nice cafe for meals, snacks...More

1  Thank jillhoy
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

We usually pop down once a year to the museum, always discover something knew. Love visiting the old cells. The trip wouldn't be complete without a pit stop in the cafe, I find it very reasonably priced and the food is always very good. I...More

1  Thank mornylovescotland
Reviewed 24 August 2017

The atmospheric old jail is a brilliant location for this interesting museum with something for everyone. Lots of exhibits on County Down from prehistoric times to the present. Interactive exhibits and play area for kids. Lovely cafe. Very friendly and enthusiastic staff.

1  Thank Basketshark
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I set off with our two young granddaughters to visit Downpatrick museum We all found something we enjoyed there the girl's had a great time dressing up and looking at the various brides dresses and baby displays we finished off with a...More

1  Thank CROLLY56
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