North Down Museum
North Down Museum contains interesting displays that explain the importance of nearby Bangor Abbey held in early Christian Ireland and throughout Europe. The Irish monastery dates back to 558AD and North Down Museum offers the chance to discover how the monks met their fate at the hands of the Vikings and visit the full-sized Monk’s Cell and Viking Long-house.
Start your journey in Downpatrick, a historic town known for being Saint Patrick’s final resting place. Visit the site of the saint’s original church which he established in 432AD, now the location Saul’s Church of Ireland, then go to the Saint Patrick Centre for an interactive exhibition about his life. See his burial site in the grounds of Down Cathedral, and go to Down County Museum to unearth archaeological material and historic and contemporary artwork telling the story of the patron saint. The museum also has a large number of books relating to Saint Patrick and Early Christian Ireland, which you can browse by appointment in the museum’s library.
Armagh has been a place of religious significance and influence in Ireland for centuries. Saint Patrick founded his first large church here in 445AD, and today there are two cathedrals named after him – the twin-spired Catholic St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Church of Ireland cathedral on Sally Hill. The city is also at the heart of celebrating Saint Patrick, with an annual Home of Saint Patrick Festival and the new Saint Patrick’s Way: The Pilgrim’s Walk – an 82-mile walking trail starting at the Navan Centre, that connects key sites relating to Saint Patrick and Christian heritage.
Book a guided bus tour or private taxi excursion and discover Saint Patrick’s territory on a relaxing, scenic tour with a qualified guide.
Irish Monastic Tours
Irish Monastic Tours offers expert-led tours to some of the most historic sites in Ireland. Book a ‘Saint Patrick: The Man, the Myth the Legend’ tour to discover ancient places linked to the life of Ireland’s patron saint. Stops include Saul Church, Inch Abbey and the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick. You’ll be accompanied by Dr Thérèse Cullen along the way, who uses her archaeological and historical expertise to bring long hidden ancient sites to life.
Celtic Hare Tours
Join Celtic Hare for a full day private taxi tour of Saint Patrick’s homeland in County Down. You’ll see many important sites from his holy mission, including the River Quoile where Patrick landed his boat, Saul Church, Inch Abbey, Down Cathedral, Inch Abbey and Saint Patrick’s grave. You’ll also have the option to visit Down County Museum or Saint Patrick Centre and take in plenty of scenic landscapes along the way.