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Address: The Mall | English Street, Downpatrick BT30 6AH, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 44-28-4461-5218
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Overwhelming collection and imaginative theatrical effects

The Down museum was extraordinarily well furnished with artefacts about one of Ireland's most historic and spirited towns, having ancestors from the town, it left me full of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2015
Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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English first
Whitehaven, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

The Down museum was extraordinarily well furnished with artefacts about one of Ireland's most historic and spirited towns, having ancestors from the town, it left me full of genetic echoes. The gaol of Down was a brilliant, stark and impressive theatrical view of the town's rebellious heritage and it was unfortunate for myself that I had only limited time before... More 

Thank RoganGen5
Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Very enjoyable local museum with some superb interpretation and accessible guides. The museum has several pieces in its collection that are 'must sees' - the high cross and gaol cells being two.

Thank abigsavage
Belfast, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

The new extension built to accommodate the ancient cross is every good and presents an interesting history of crosses in Ireland. However I would suggest that the addition of the faux capstone to the cross in the exhibition leaves a lot to be desired. It was sufficient to have drawings of what the cross many have looked like in its... More 

Thank Philip M
Newcastle, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Absolutely remarkable - well worth a visit or two. My friend and I are from Newcastle and happened to be in Downpatrick for the day and decided to quickly call into the museum for a browse to see what's on. We did not know that the buildings had been transformed and restored into various sections - one which is dedicated... More 

1 Thank mel-alexander
Greenock, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

Superbly organised and so informative, must admit I wasn't looking forward to it but was amazed at the depth of history in such a small town. You need to see the video presentation re the jail .

1 Thank Keith D
newcastle county down
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is a gem of a museum and to be honest it is a great place to visit you will be transported back into the past I often wongered where the tour buses where going when they turnleft to go up English street towards the Court House now I know ....Parking can be hard to find on court days but... More 

1 Thank ballaghbeg
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81 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Entertaining visit. Very informative display and. Lots of information on local history. Kids were intrigued and shocked to learn of the fate of children who ended up in the gaol. The attendant was very helpful and engaged our kids in banter offering bed and breakfast rTes and recommending the best cell to some alarm on the part of our son!... More 

1 Thank Swillywilly
Belfast, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

After the ST Patrick's centre we went to the museum a great friendly welcome at reception ,went over to the Goal , sadly to say 2 members of staff enjoying a conversion (hopefully about work ) because they ignored us !!! . Good exhibition very enjoyable , the girl in reception told us it would be up graded in September... More 

Thank norma g
Coventry, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We visited on a Sunday and I think we were the only ones there! Our children were interested in the gaol part but struggled to be captured by the rest. Unfortunately the tea rooms were closed and as they were hungry we had to leave. I do think they could imply the museum with more stories of the prisoners and... More 

Thank Neal M
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My kids always like going here plus free entry is always a bonus. I would give 3 stars as it is quite samey but I give it 4 as kids enjoy it and the events the run are always good

Thank Mrs-A-simm

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