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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
Bangor, Co Down
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Lisburn
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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415 reviews 415 reviews
73 attraction reviews
269 helpful votes 269 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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