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Somme Heritage Centre

233 Bangor Road, Newtownards BT23 7PH, Northern Ireland
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Newtownards
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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179 reviews 179 reviews
48 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This is the second time I have visited this attraction. I particularly wanted my 14 year old son to appreciate the educational aspect of the centre; walking through a mock up of what a First World War trench looked like, followed by the short but informative and moving videos which detailed the Irish contribution, and sacrifice, on the Western Front... More

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Bangor, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Was very impressed by this place, have enjoyed all my experiences in this wonderful centre. Would recommend to any visitors to Northern Ireland with somewhat of an interest in history.

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Greyabbey, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Was very impressed with this centre and would return. Only negative was the (experienced) guide. Who kept referring to Rugby and Londonderry - soldiers were from all parts and persuasions of Ireland so please be sensitive to every all visitors backgrounds.

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Bangor, Co Down
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Exceeded my expectations. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience thanks to the excellent tour guide who brought the story of this dreadful war to life by his expert knowledge, interesting exhibits and a short film which described life in the trenches. Visit this Centre; you will not be disappointed. Saddened perhaps, but proud of the young Volunteers who suffered and died for... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This being the centenary year we decided yesterday to fulfil a longstanding intention to visit the Somme Heritage Centre. Do go along and see what is on offer, we were not disappointed. The place was not busy and we were the only two people on the 11am tour. The hour spent with our guide flew past. Following a short introduction... More

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Leixlip, Ireland
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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