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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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very touching experience . took conference group not a word was spoken as they listened. Thanks to Tom our excellent knowledgable guide. COVERED ALL WHO MADE SACRAFICE FROM ALL... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

very touching experience . took conference group not a word was spoken as they listened. Thanks to Tom our excellent knowledgable guide. COVERED ALL WHO MADE SACRAFICE FROM ALL OF BRITAIN AND IRELAND LEST WE FORGET.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a view into a darker side of our history by that I mean it took about 15 minutes to go from civilian to enlisted soldier It is very well laid out and is a sobering reminder of what happened less than 100 years ago

Thank Ulsterman61
Cloughey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are interested in the first world war or anything military this is a fascinating attraction, part museum part trench from Ist world war with sound effects and so many artifact's from medals to uniforms to guns and everything in between, you could quite happily spend the whole day there. About 2 miles outside Newtownards,bustop very close but car... More 

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

We have been meaning to visit this museum for a long time, and only got around to it in August. Touching, meaningful, thought-provoking. All of these descriptions apply. The guide was great: although obviously his spiel was well-rehearsed he managed to keep us interested and even introduced a few touches of humour. Fifth star missing for the coffee shop. Dull... More 

Thank happyholidays673
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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
Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 weeks ago

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 August 20, 2016 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 August 12, 2016 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 August 11, 2016

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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