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Review of The Saint Patrick Centre

The Saint Patrick Centre
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Ranked #3 of 25 things to do in Downpatrick
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Northern Ireland
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64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“White Elephant????”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Have visited several times with my young son... not a lot for locals who probably know the history... can see the potential for Tourists... huge magnet for Foreign Visitors...

Visited April 2013
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“Fantastic Day out, Welcomed by Friendly Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

On a recent trip out we decided to stop into the st Patrick's centre. We cannot commend enough the beautifully presented venue and welcoming staff.... Seriously worth a visit!!! Also stop by the sights around Saul! I am sure the staff in the centre will be just as happy to direct you as the did with me.

Visited June 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Historically clear”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

The centre's exhibition clearly differentiates between the historical record (in Patrick's "Confession") and the spurious miracle stories of the hagiographers. Clever use of interactive display with audio guide. The exhibition completes with an IMAX film which sums up the story. You can just pay to watch the film only but you'd miss the worthwhile exhibition. Good cafe upstairs which opens out into a delightful garden in which you may also eat, including under some cover.

Visited July 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“interesting place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

It tells the story of St Patrick. It is well thought out and is not religiously biased. I enjoyed the visit there along with a visit to Saul church and inch abbey.

Visited March 2013
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North Wales, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Jump into the Saint Patrick Centre, Downpatrick”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

Surprisingly, you won't see any reference to the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick or indeed anywhere in the "Mountains of Mourne area" in the "Jump into Northern Ireland" tourist advert. Instead, it's all about the Giant's Causeway, the Titanic Centre, the UK City of Culture Londonderry/Derry and oh, did I mention the Giant's Causeway! What a shame when you consider that over 6 million people from all over the world celebrate St Patrick's Day every year and the St Patrick's Centre is the only permanent exhibition in the world which tells the story of Ireland's Patron Saint!

This was our first visit to the St Patrick Centre - what can I say - the Centre itself is an attractive modern building of some architectural merit, set as it is, at the foot of a hill with the imposing Down Cathedral and the grave of St Patrick at its summit.

On arrival at the Centre, my wife and I were given a cheerful and warm welcome from the pleasant staff coupled with a brief run-down on what the Centre had to offer visitors. As it was lunchtime and we were both feeling peckish, we first of all headed to the upstairs restaurant which had a very good range of reasonably priced food and drinks. We were then taken on a guided tour of St Patrick's Grave and the beautiful Down Cathedral by the Centre's very knowledgeable Manager. Next was a visit to the Interpretive Exhibition in the Centre which you navigate through at your own pace. We learn't lots of interesting things about St Patrick, for instance did you know he wasn't born in Ireland? At the finish of the Exhibition, we sat down to watch a really excellent 180 degree Audio Visual flight around Ireland, featuring the travels of St Patrick during his time there. No visit to the Centre would be complete without a visit to their lovely little shop packed full of lots of lovely stuff - I ended up buying my wife a nifty Irish woollen scarf and hat set - well, it was her birthday!

If you haven't been yet, you must go and visit the superb Saint Patrick Centre including St Patrick's grave and Down Cathedral - a great way to spend a relaxing few hours learning all about St Patrick.

Visited March 2013
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