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Somme Heritage Centre

233 Bangor Road, Newtownards BT23 7PH, Northern Ireland
44-28-9182-3202
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Ranked #2 of 12 attractions in Newtownards
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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English first
Leixlip, Ireland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Surprised not more people know about this place - visited here with our kids in July 2014 for the 2nd time as we were so impressed by our first visit a few years ago - still well worth a visit, although we would have liked to have been allowed more time in each of the exhibits - it did feel... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The attraction is an exhibition of WW1 from a Northern Irish (mostly) perspective. A look at how soldiers of the Great War had to overcome the various pitfalls which the had to overcome, the weapons used and at mock up of how the typical trench might have looked. A great experience which I am looking forward to returning to .... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I think this is not really an exhibition rather a commemoration, as it pays tribute to the men involved in the battle. The guide was friendly (as we're all the staff at the centre) and knowledgeable and the various artefacts gave a good overview and backdrop to the Somme conflict. Worth going to. On a minor note: the cafe could... More

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Portadown, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I decided to visit at the last minute and managed to make the last tour at 16:00. The tour guide was very knowledgable and encouraged interaction amongst the tour group. I would recommend this attraction to anyone interested in history or with an interest in this time period.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We brought some young people & while the layout & exhibitions are good our first guide was very robotic & not very engaging or interested in my young people, he seemed more interested in the older people in the group. We got a second guide towards the end of the tour, Matthew, who was warm, friendly & engaging. There's potential... More

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Northern ireland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A great insight into WW1 in Northern Ireland with a walk through what the trenches were like while fighting in the war. Book in for the weapons demonstration - worthwhile

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Derry, United Kingdom
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390 reviews 390 reviews
68 attraction reviews
260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Enjoyed our visit to this small museum outlining N.Ireland's role in war, Very helpful and knowledgeable guides and staff. Disappointed that coffee shop wasn't open. Well worth a visit and it FREE

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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very well constructed and educational depiction of life in the trenches of WW1,with many artifacts from the time,including letters.Diaramas from home and the trenches with sound effects and vocal stories bring the whole thing to life.

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Hamilton, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We learned a lot from our visit to this heritage centre, tour guide did a great job, and the receptionist was very friendly. Well worth the entrance fee to see all the displays and see the sacrifice that so many made.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

Definitely was affected by the content here. Our guide, Matthew, seems to be very popular as his name keeps coming up in lots of reviews. He is very well informed for a young person. The visit to the trenches is effective; this is really great museum work, it gives you a taste of just what life must have been like... More

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