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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
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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This place is a hidden gem and tour guide was fantastic. The tour took you through areas which was designed what it was like during the war. We will definitely return with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a hidden gem and tour guide was fantastic. The tour took you through areas which was designed what it was like during the war. We will definitely return with friends at some stage. There is also a small coffee shop & shop which you can visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having now seen the exhibition in the Somme Centre, I rate it as excellent well worth a visit. It really brings home what the troop have to endure during the great war.

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Witney, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You would easily miss this but it is worth seeking out. The building is a little dull and the coffee shop looks like a school canteen but the exhibitions and the guided tour are brilliant. They tell the story not just of the Somme but of how all the Irish regiments got to be there and what people went through... More 

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CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Many thanks for recently visiting the Somme Museum and for taking the time to write a review. It's always nice to know when you're getting it right (or wrong). We are currently looking at ways to improve our café and your comments are helpful. Many thanks, Claire More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an excellent guided tour led by knowledgeable guides. The staff in general are helpful. In this centenary year the information is presented in a thoughtful and balanced manner given the complex political relationships on the island.

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CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting the Museum and for taking the time to compose a review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the visit, our guides are very passionate about their subject and take a lot of pride in their work. We continually strive to tell the story of Ireland's contribution to the First World War in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

best part is the recreation of a WW1 trench with sound effects. great for kids and adults alike to learn about what life was like during the Great War from knowledgeable guides. maybe take a walk in the nearby forest park or bangor coastal path afterwards.

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CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to the Somme Museum and for your kind review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and hope you visit again. Many thanks, Claire More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

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

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Cloughey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 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 

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