Down County Museum
Down County Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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 farming and maritime collections from the County of Down. There are hands-on activities for children, a Digital Film Archive (Northern Ireland Screen), full access to the site, audio features and lifts to all areas. The Cathedral View Tearoom offers a wide range of meals, scones, coffees and teas, and has a unique view from its windows of Down Cathedral on the Hill of Down, Inch Abbey, the River Quoile and the ancient Mound of Down fort.
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Yasmin T
Sao Paulo, SP3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I was so pleasantly surprised by this little gem of a museum. Not only are the collections incredibly interesting, but the curators did an amazing job at keeping the exhibits engaging at every turn, for all age groups. I spent an entire afternoon there and still would love to go back and see the things I couldn't see this time around. The staff were also very pleasant and kind. I recommend the Down County Museum wholeheartedly.
Written 21 May 2024
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John and Kathy W
Lancashire9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
We’ll set out museum in 3 sections - the history, the jail, and the Ballykinler hut with its various incarnations over the years.

Certainly didn’t expect to be well entertained for 3 hours !!

Very well worth a visit !!

And the staff were great as well
Written 30 June 2023
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bert w
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Delightful Downpatrick Day Trip to be had for free gratis at Down County Museum. If you usually drive past it, next time don't! Drop into the old Down Gaol…they will absolutely let you out again! Interesting artifacts, intriguing articles, informative attendants and helpful and well informed staff.

Written 3 May 2023
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Neil C
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The visitor will be blown away as soon as they enter. This museum covers just about everything you would want to know about the area. There are sections detailing the history of this region (before it was known as County Down), as well as a reflection of the building's former role as the Down County Gaol. There is also a replica of a hut at Ballykinlar Military Camp, which includes testimonies from some of those who stayed there (including one who is related to a famous US actor).
The best bit for me, however, had to be the special exhibition that looked at the history of the seaside resort in County Down (which includes Bangor and Newcastle, two of my favourite places in Northern Ireland).
If you're ever lucky enough to find yourself in Downpatrick, this museum is well worth a visit.
Written 9 October 2022
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MaryCork
Cork, Ireland541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Lovely staff. We bought a couple of lovely jewellery pieces in the shop. You'd need a couple of days to see everything but what we managed was great.
Written 17 July 2022
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Diana M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Down County Museum is a great little museum loaded with lots of history. Our guide, Mary, was extremely informative and just as sweet as can be. She was attentive to our small group's questions and was an absolute pleasure to follow around. Will definitely be coming back with more of my family some day!
Written 19 June 2022
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BA
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Interesting information, well presented and easy to read.

Staff were wonderful and spent time helping us take the next steps in our family history journey.

Accessible to those with mobility difficulties.
Written 25 May 2022
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Jackie R
Mosnac, France46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
This is quite simply one of the most interesting museums I have ever visited! The building itself is admirable and the staff are enthusiastic and helpful. It is a definite must-see and I’d recommend at least 2 hours to make the most of what’s on offer. You can put the kids in one of the prison cells if they get bored but I honestly don’t think they will!
Written 6 May 2022
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Peter W
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Very interesting trip around the museum and opened my mind more on the inclusion of all of our peoples in the 1798 rebellion and the conditions people fought wars in and died. All the staff that we met were extremely helpful and friendly. Well worth a visit with St Patrick’s grave only a couple of hundred yards away. Thanks for the experience.
Written 24 March 2022
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Chrisross56
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
We found this little gem of a museum housed in a original gaol on an impromptu visit, free entry with free literature & books to take home, helpful & friendly staff & quaint coffee house & shop, our highlight was the replica ballykilner hut with so many local historical stories & artifacts on display, we had a guided tour with Mike who's knowledge & passion for the hut was amazing a really enjoyable family day out, highly recommended
Written 23 February 2022
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