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Somme Heritage Centre

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Address: 233 Bangor Road, Newtownards BT23 7PH, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 44-28-9182-3202
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Somme Museum The Somme Museum opened in 1994, it examines Ireland's role in...

Somme Museum The Somme Museum opened in 1994, it examines Ireland's role in the First World War, with special reference to local cross-community involvement in the three volunteer Divisions raised in Ireland: the 10th and 16th (Irish) Divisions, and the 36th (Ulster) Division. The Museum is fully registered and accredited and houses an extensive collection of material from the Great War period which is displayed on a rotational basis. The collection includes uniforms, medals, weapons and personal items which tell the stories of those who served, fought and experienced the First World War. Visitors to the Museum have an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the First World War as they make their way from the Home Rule Crisis to the Recruiting Office and on to the trenches of the Western Front. Audio visual displays and experienced and knowledgeable guides bring the experience to life.

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Visited here today with my 6 year old son and we had a lovely day. Arrived just in time for a tour. wasn't sure what my son would make of a guided tour although he is into his... read more

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

Visited here today with my 6 year old son and we had a lovely day. Arrived just in time for a tour. wasn't sure what my son would make of a guided tour although he is into his history. Andy our guide was very welcoming and informative. He would be a history pupils delight. I walked away today knowing a... More 

Thank Kim M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

An absolute must visit, on our doorstep, educating & enlightening, close to the actual location where the original UVF trained, prior to being decamped, on their way to the Somme. I found it to be very realistic. Some great artefacts from WW1.

Thank JamesNorthernIreland
Newtownards, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Because we live locally we know exactly where this place is but I see from other reviews that some people didn't find it that easily. I would totally agree with them that the signage here is rubbish. Like a few other attractions in Northern Ireland they seem to fall just short of the mark and could do better. We took... More 

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Killinchy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On this centenary year we wanted to visit the centre and be reminded about the sacrifices and realities of the Somme and WW1. We arrived in time for a tour which was informative and gave a very good idea of what the young men heading to war experienced in their short lives. There was a lot in the area of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this when I was over in Northern Ireland. We were staying just outside Tyrone and knew that the Somme Heritage Centre was in the Newtonards area, but there are no tourist signposts visible in the approach to the area. Even as you approach the site, the sign we saw was pretty dirty and difficult to read. As the... More 

Thank DennisW128
Lisburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very well presented and sensitive account of recruitment, training and life in the trenches in 1916. Our guide was knowledgeable and most informative. The many memorials to the local men who lost their lives on the Somme are an important reminder of the cost of the battle.

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

Very interesting and educational. Never was a fan of 'history' but maybe now that will change! Excellent and very knowledgeable guide.

Thank Jean N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum gives a marvellous insight into not only the unbelievable strife endured by soldiers during the battles around the Somme but also a wonderful insight into life during the 1916 period in Ireland, both north and south. A wonderful location close to Helens tower, with the Ards area having a really close connection to those who sacrificed all. An... More 

Thank willdocbilly
Kilkeel, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

My husband and I visited the centre last week and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Tour was excellent and Tom the tour guide really made us feel we were back in time as he was very knowledgeable about what took place at the Somme. We were able to see shrapnel that had been embedded in my great uncle during the... More 

Thank Doreen H
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Visited the Somme heritage centre today and was really taken back at this hidden gem. It tells the story of the men from both north and south who joined up and went to war in WWI. A very well balanced approach taking you through the cycle of the pre war period through joining up, training, going to war and the... More 

Thank Gareth E

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