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Somme Heritage Centre

Address: 233 Bangor Road, Newtownards BT23 7PH, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 44-28-9182-3202
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Newtownards
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
33 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

This is a great museum, the story of the 36th division, the recruitment from civilian to trench warfare. The guide is excellent and willing to answer questios. I have been here a few times, and it will not be my last. There is a shop to purchase books and merchandise, and a cafe for food. I don't think any visitor... More 

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Holywood, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I stood like an idiot on Monday after following directions from the website and the telephone that the centre was absolutely open until 4pm. I was outside the gates for 20 minutes figuring it was locked until the new tour or something before venturing that the place was closed. Poor form really disappointed it was shut was looking forward to... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
35 helpful votes 35 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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197 reviews 197 reviews
49 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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