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Somme Heritage Centre

233 Bangor Road, Newtownards BT23 7PH, Northern Ireland
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Newtownards
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Cultural
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Type: History Museums, Cultural

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Not the easyest place to find but worth the hunt. An informative guide tells you the history of the Irish who faught in the first world war. Theres a mock-up of a trench and films do the rest. I've been a couple of times over the years and it's always great. Free entry but the tour costs £5.75 for 1... More 

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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Congratulations to the Somme Association for a excellent display. the extensive collection of world War 1 & 2 artifacts which have been donated by relatives so that they can be preserved for future generations. a memorial to all those men and women who served to make this a better world. Walk through the recreated front line trenches.Surrounded by the noise... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

On a visit from uk visited the centre with friends. Tour guide Matthew was so knowledgeable in the history he couldn't help but make the trip interesting and strangely enjoyable if that's not the wrong word. The short films and exhibits are good and the trench mockup and memorial film very moving.plenty of toilets and cafe very reasonable. Well worth... More 

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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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192 reviews 192 reviews
49 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

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
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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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
18 helpful votes 18 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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