Down County Museum in Downpatrick

Get to the slammer! Come along on a visit to the Down County Museum and discover all about the history and culture of County Down! This is a must-add to your stack if you are in the Belfast area! Plan your visit now and uncover the history of this beautiful area!

Why should I visit the Down County Museum?

Down County Museum is based in an old Gaol of 1796 and has 10 different galleries that cover the archaeology and history of County Down!

Step into one of the 10 galleries on display at the museum and learn about the Early Christian archaeology from the time of St Patrick, the history of the gaol (including original gaol cells), and the farming and maritime collections from the County of Down!

There is also a range of hands-on activities for the little ones, a digital film archive, full access to the site, audio features and lifts to all areas! Once you have finished exploring the museum and old gaol, the Cathedral View Tearoom offers a wide selection of meals, scones, coffees and teas to recharge your batteries after a long day of learning and discovery! The cafe also has a beautifully unique view of Down Cathedral on the Hill of Down, Inch Abbey, the River Quoile and the ancient Mound of Down Fort!

The museum has recently launched a number of special tours that enable groups to discover more about Early Christian Down and the old Gaol of Down! Speak to a member of the team to tailor your tour to fit your schedule and requirements!

  • Group Tours from £4 per person
  • Entrance to the museum is free for all guests
  • The museum is open from 10 am to 4 pm from Wednesday to Saturday
  • Full disabled access to all parts of the museum

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