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Somme Heritage Centre

233 Bangor Road, Newtownards BT23 7PH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9182 3202
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Excellent museum

Really informative museum about the Battle of the Somme from the viewpoint of the Irish regiments... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lovetotravel1956
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Northern Ireland
Somme Heritage Centre

Excellent day out,I was surprised at how the exhibition was laid out and Andy made the whole... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jimandmim
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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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Somme Museum The Somme Museum opened in 1994, it examines Ireland's role in the First World War, with special reference to local cross-community involvement in the three volunteer Divisions raised in Ireland: the 10th and 16th (Irish) Divisions, and the 36th (Ulster) Division. The Museum is fully registered and accredited and houses an extensive collection of material from the Great War period which is displayed on a rotational basis. The collection includes uniforms, medals, weapons and personal items which tell the stories of those who served, fought and experienced the First World War. Visitors to the Museum have an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the First World War as they make their way from the Home Rule Crisis to the Recruiting Office and on to the trenches of the Western Front. Audio visual displays and experienced and knowledgeable guides bring the experience to life.
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  • Terrible2%
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“great war” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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233 Bangor Road, Newtownards BT23 7PH, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 9182 3202
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really informative museum about the Battle of the Somme from the viewpoint of the Irish regiments who fought in that and later battles. We went on a guided tour and the guide was informative and brought the horrors of WW1 to life. The exhibition is...More

Thank Lovetotravel1956
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent day out,I was surprised at how the exhibition was laid out and Andy made the whole experience come to life,the exhibition films trenches made it very real with the true stories from the trenches well worth a visit

Thank jimandmim
Reviewed 11 April 2017

They called it the war to end all wars. The Somme was one of its darkest periods. But still young men are sent to give their lives on foreign soil. My Grandfather fought, was wounded, was then captured in the Battle of the Somme. He...More

1  Thank Paul M
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit and the tour is very good. Loved the trenches, old film and photos. Felt very emotional at the end of the tour, having lost so many relatives in WW1 in Egypt and France. Really brilliant way of remembering all our heroes.

Thank Emma G
Reviewed 16 February 2017

According to the website there is a tour at 3pm everyday. I went early on hoping to have a walk around and then join the tour for extra info, however upon arriving there was a tour starting and I was told to join it. The...More

Thank umm_salam
Reviewed 19 November 2016

This place is a hidden gem and tour guide was fantastic. The tour took you through areas which was designed what it was like during the war. We will definitely return with friends at some stage. There is also a small coffee shop & shop...More

1  Thank AEB42
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Having now seen the exhibition in the Somme Centre, I rate it as excellent well worth a visit. It really brings home what the troop have to endure during the great war.

Thank Ian D
Reviewed 2 November 2016

You would easily miss this but it is worth seeking out. The building is a little dull and the coffee shop looks like a school canteen but the exhibitions and the guided tour are brilliant. They tell the story not just of the Somme but...More

Thank 107IanM107
CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2016

Many thanks for recently visiting the Somme Museum and for taking the time to write a review. It's always nice to know when you're getting it right (or wrong). We are currently looking at ways to improve our café and your comments are helpful. Many...More

Reviewed 1 November 2016

This is an excellent guided tour led by knowledgeable guides. The staff in general are helpful. In this centenary year the information is presented in a thoughtful and balanced manner given the complex political relationships on the island.More

Thank Gerard M
CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2016

Thank you so much for visiting the Museum and for taking the time to compose a review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the visit, our guides are very passionate about their subject and take a lot of pride in their work. We...More

Reviewed 22 October 2016

best part is the recreation of a WW1 trench with sound effects. great for kids and adults alike to learn about what life was like during the Great War from knowledgeable guides. maybe take a walk in the nearby forest park or bangor coastal path...More

Thank NIlass
CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2016

Thank you for your recent visit to the Somme Museum and for your kind review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and hope you visit again. Many thanks, Claire

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Eileencharlotte
Transport from Belfasr
31 October 2016|
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Response from willdocbilly | Reviewed this property |
From Belfast best option is bus or train to bangor and then taxi out to the centre. In fairness it lies between Newtownards and bangor so not on any public transport route from Belfast. Hope this helps
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charles9565
Hi I am in the process of organising a trip to the centre for 22 children and two adults from Bellaghy Primary school, Co Londonderry any date between now and 31st Oct 2016 except a Thursday would do.We would require a guide. Could you advise me of most suitable dates and total costing.
17 October 2016|
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Response from DennisW128 | Reviewed this property |
You should really contact the centre direct. The staff are very helpful and I'm sure they would arrange an interesting visit for you and your class.
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geoffmclaughlin
Can I go round the centre alone ie without a guide
14 September 2016|
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Response from DennisW128 | Reviewed this property |
No, but you would miss so much without the use of a guide
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