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Down County Museum

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Address: The Mall | English Street, Downpatrick BT30 6AH, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 44-28-4461-5218
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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The new exhibition

The new presentation from the curator of the Museum was incredibly interesting and very indepth. My father and i enjoyed a personal tour from the curator himself and we'll no... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The new presentation from the curator of the Museum was incredibly interesting and very indepth. My father and i enjoyed a personal tour from the curator himself and we'll no doubt be back in the future very soon

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The first thing I do when I arrive any place is check out the cafe and the cafe here is amazing. Huge picture windows, beautiful views and good food. The museum itself is really terrific. It is housed in what was the actual gaol from the 1700s so it's not hard to feel a connection to the history of the... More 

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Thank 468rosebud
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited the museum to research an ancestor who lived in Downpatrick in the 1700-1800s and had been transported as a convict from Downpatrick to Australia in 1825. The person on duty that day, Michael McArdle, was extremely helpful in searching and printing out information on my ancestor. It was a pleasant surprise to discover his story was one of... More 

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Thank Chris K
Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I stayed near Downpatrick on holiday last week. We were recommended to go to the museum to have a look around. The staff who work there all greeted us and gave us helpful tips about the museum without being annoying. They were all friendly and laid back, which is a treat in such a busy museum. We... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent displays and lots of information on Irish history. Was very moved by the cells with models illustrating the story of prisoners who were detained there before being transported to Australia. Interesting that their descendants have returned to visit.

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Thank AgnesFulton
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great museum. I found all the staff incredibly welcoming - and I love the fact there are people with learning disabilities working there. The director is doing an extraordinary job. He is so knowledgeable and available. It is my 2nd visit, and this time I took other friends. I particularly appreciate the exhibition on the standing cross... More 

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Thank hazelbradley
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful stop in Downpatrick! We were visiting other sites in the area, and had a little extra time so went to see the jail. We discovered so much more. Very interesting exhibits, and wonderful staff who met us and shared their passion for the culture and history of the area. Excellent lunch in the cafe. We ran into... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went with the family whilst home for a few days and found this museum very interesting, I particular the ability to walk through the gaol and understand the hardships people went through. The staff couldn't be more helpful and offered lots of interesting information on the museum We also had food in the restaurant that overlooked the beautiful scenery of... More 

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2 Thank liammcguigan
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would totally recommend Down County Museum in Downpatrick for a lovely day out! We really enjoyed every aspect of it! From the buildings, to the history to the food and the shop. Really good! Even the old cells were brilliant! Would recommend this for families to go to for day trips or even families in the Downpatrick area. Easy... More 

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is a hidden gem in County Down. I visited about 3/4 years ago but the place has had a complete upgrade and rivals some of the best small museums in Europe for quality of the artifacts, info and the setting. Staff who took us on a tour were brilliant for giving an overview on the different historical periods... More 

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