Down County Museum

The Mall
Downpatrick BT30 6AH

Welcome to Down County Museum where the rich heritage of County Down is brought to life in fascinating exhibitions, lively events, hands-on activities and award winning education programmes. The museum is located in the historic buildings of the 18th century County Gaol of Down. In addition to walking through the restored complex complete with cells, visitors can learn more about 9000 years of human history in County Down in the newly launched exhibitions Down Through Time.

National Museums Northern Ireland

Holywood BT18 0EU

Across three unique sites, we care for and present the inspirational collections that reflect the creativity, innovation, history, culture and people of Northern Ireland.

Newry & Mourne Museum

1a Bank Parade
Newry BT35 6HP

The museum's diverse collections currently include material relating to prehistoric history; Newry's Cistercian foundations; Ulster's Gaelic Order and relationship with the English Crown; the building of a merchant town and the first summit level canal in the British Isles; the working life and folk traditions of rural and mountain areas; fishing, trade and migration by sea; renowned local personalities and businesses; folklore, storytelling and music; and modern experiences of a Border area.

North Down Heritage Centre


Pieces from our Bronze Age, Early Christian, Plantation and Jordan Collections are all on display in our permanent exhibitions. Further temporary exhibitions are arranged from time to time to bring lesser seen items out of our stores, including pieces from the Percy French Collection.

Saint Patrick Centre

53a Lower Market Street
Downpatrick BT30 6LZ

The centre is a new and exciting interpretative exhibition which tells the fascinating story of Ireland's patron saint. Through Patrick's own words a light is shone on the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and its development through his mission.

Somme Heritage Centre

233 Bangor Road
Newtownards BT23 7PH

The Somme Heritage Centre is The Somme Association's flagship project. Situated adjacent to the Clandeboye Estate outside Newtownards, the centre is a unique visitor attraction of international significance showing the awful reality of the Great War, and its effects on the community at home.

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Holywood BT18 0EU

Take time to explore one of Ireland's foremost visitor attractions, recapturing a disappearing way of life, preserving traditional skills and celebrating transport history. At the open air Folk Museum 60 acres are devoted to illustrating the way of life of people of the north of Ireland in the early 1900s.