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“Creepy cells and Pre history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Down County Museum

Down County Museum
The Mall | English Street, Downpatrick BT30 6AH, Northern Ireland
44-28-4461-5218
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in Downpatrick
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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70 attraction reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“Creepy cells and Pre history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Absolutely loved this and will be going again. Set in an old prison it has has been turned into a very high quality museum - money has been very well spent here on building renovation and display facilities to turn it into the attraction it is. We spent ages seeing and reading about every Stone Age, Viking and through to the more modern exhibits - the two galleries take you to post WW2. The cells are creepy enough for children to have fun (or fear) behind doors which pull almost to. We were lucky enough to go on a day when the cells were 'inhabited' and the prison governor and prison visitor were strolling around ready for a chat - it's worth looking out for any interpretive history days. There was a great Polish Jewellery exhibition on while we were there and seems to be a good programme of temporary exhibitions. The cafe was a find - we're going back just for that - a beautiful picture window setting looking over the Countryside and river, and a friendly service of fresh and tasty but inexpensive food. And what's more, it's free to go in!

Visited September 2013
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Douglas, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Autumn break”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Very good museum, lots of interest, friendly knowledgeable staff, excellent tea room with delicious home made scones

Visited September 2013
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“Lovely Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Really lovely surroundings. Food very good and not too expensive. You can sit outside in a little courtyard if the weather is good. Relaxed atmosphere with nobody rushing you out. Visit the walled garden when there.

Visited July 2013
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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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“Lovely building and location but not a lot to see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

It is worth a visit when they have one of their special events with actors posing as prisoners, telling their stories. Otherwise there really isn't an awful lot to see. The Cafe is very friendly but could be made a lot more attractive.

Visited February 2013
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

We had to rush round as the museum was due to close, however, the cell block is well worth a look as it does give a feel of what it would have been like to be imprisoned before prisoners had the benefit of televisions, heating, glass windows, etc. There would have been plenty time for reflection and possibly Bible reading. We were personally sad that the original features of other buildings have not been kept as they lack character and it feels like being in a Portacabin. That being said, some of the exhibits are excellent, like the Bronze age cauldren, absolutely amazing. Would have loved to have visited the cafe and taken in the view but simply did not have the time.

Visited May 2013
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