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Down County Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Down County Museum is based in an old gaol of 1796 and has 10 galleries covering the archaeology and history of County Down, Early Christian archaeology from the Time of St Patrick, the history of the gaol (including original gaol cells), and the...more
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English Street | The Mall, Downpatrick BT30 6AH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 4461 5218
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Downpatrick to visit the cathedral but noticed the museum on our way back to our car. We were met by Karen who turned out to be an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. The museum is very well laid out and has plenty...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank johnmckeown604
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a coach trip of mixed religions, and we were overwhelmed with this visit. I often visit Downpatrick, but was unarmed of this historic jewel. Our lady guide, proved fascinating. We then dined in the cafe, on site, and the tasty array of buffet,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Fiona T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the Down Museum for a day and enjoyed our visit - Colum helped us out and was really informative and friendly during our trip! Enjoyed it x

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Aoife M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called into the museum for a tour. The last time we were there was approximately 5 years ago. We notice right away that it had been completely changed in some areas with new exhibitions. We completed out tour from the old world to the relatively...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank stephen a
Reviewed August 14, 2019

This museum is free and generously open to the public. Collin gave a great introduction when we entered the building. It really gives a great snapshot into life in County Down but also life in Ireland. They begin with the geology (which as a geologist...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Hammertime2910
Reviewed July 4, 2019

Absolutely amazing staff, their knowledge shows that they take this all a lot more that just a job and the displays are great with we had of had more time to spend here. The restaurant is absolutely amazing best food we had in the UK,...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank BruceandTrish
Reviewed June 19, 2019 via mobile

Really interesting & historic museum staffed by friendly & enthusiastic staff. Located in a historic and scenic part of the town close to the cathedral , railway and 17th century school. One of the best laid out and interesting museums I have visited. The cafe...More

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank PhilipB503
Reviewed May 25, 2019

A great place to spend an hour or two, especially if you (as we do) have family links to the Irish men and women who were sent to the colonies. This museum allows you to come face to face with the realities of the lives...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed May 19, 2019

Really nice cafe. I lovve cafes and for co.down this is one of boy the favourite in my books. Really child friendly and a lovely place to be. Well close to rhe st patricks centre aswell which is good bur try and master the 112...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Cathal Q
Reviewed April 23, 2019

Day started with a magic show and followed by painting and decorating eggs. The staff were so patient, friendly and helpful. Great family day out!!

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank shonapatricia
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March 14, 2018|
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Response from Drumnaconnor | Reviewed this property |
They have a lot of old records I'm sure they could help.
February 19, 2018|
Response from Stevie1604 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Kathy I live just beside the museum there is lots off history and I’m sure if you where to visit some day or even email them they might able to find lots off information regarding your enquiry hope that’s some hope and... More