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Down County Museum

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“high cross”(13 reviews)
“local history”(14 reviews)
“old jail”(8 reviews)
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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All reviews high cross local history old jail well worth a visit new extension prehistoric times original cells helpful tips temporary exhibition historical events governor's house enthusiastic staff great place to visit excellent exhibition quick visit interactive exhibits free admission
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

We were going to visit St. Patrick's Church and parked just outside this museum. The name doesn't sound interesting to the hurried tourist, but... We went inside to just get information on what was in town. However, we wound up spending about an hour and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Howard M
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Lots to see here , many and varied exhibitions and also the old jail , the exercise yard and the governor's house . The exhibitions all have some lovely things in them and you can spend ages looking at all of them . There's plenty...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

Went with a group of friends never knew about this place was really surprised. We were given a tour the guide was great very well informed and made the tour very interesting. Well worth seeing .

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank william n
Reviewed 22 September 2018

We were so pleased with this little museum and everything it had to offer. The archeological content was amazing with outstanding historical content of Ireland and County Down. The employees were very, very helpful in their desire that we have a satisfying time-from photocopying a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sgphoto
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Seems considerably enlarged and updated. Don’t let the exterior signs in Irish deter you it’s all in the Queens English on the inside. Great UVF section also.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Carnalbanagh
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Called in here on a whim and were pleasantly surprised as this museum is free to enter, very informative as to this museums previous life as a prison. Well worth a visit if you are in the Downpatrick area.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bug9218
Reviewed 6 September 2018

This is a little gem of a museum, and it's free! The staff were helpful, friendly and informative. There is something for everyone. The ghoulish will enjoy visiting the cells in the old Gaol.. and the replica gallows. Locals will be fascinated by the well-laid...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank lilyfarmer2017
Reviewed 30 August 2018

What an interesting place to spend an afternoon. The moment you walk through the door & are greeted by the very friendly and informative guide you just know "this was a good choice". Plenty to see & an excellent opportunity to learn of the history...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank NorthernIrelandJoan
Reviewed 23 August 2018

What a lovely museum. Situated within the old Gaol, it still has the original cells that you can visit. The history and archeology of the area is explained very well. There were also modern photograohic exhibitions. An artisan market within the walls was in full...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Celine05
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Very interesting museum that displays and explains the archaeology and history of the area within the atmospheric setting of the old Goal. The staff were incredibly friendly and enthusiastic to share their knowledge. The new extension for the high cross is very impressive and is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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14 March 2018|
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Response from Drumnaconnor | Reviewed this property |
They have a lot of old records I'm sure they could help.
20 February 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