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Unlock the past at Down County Museum and take a journey through 9,000 years of history.

The museum has over 1,200 objects on show in its refurbished and fully accessible Governor's Residence building and a lively programme of events. Explore genuine cells used to house prisoners between 1796 and 1830, when many convicts were transported to New South Wales.
Lively guided tours, varied temporary exhibitions and a tearoom with a unique view of the River Quoile and the Mound of Down can all be found here.
Many important figures in history are closely associated with County Down in general, and Downpatrick in particular, but none are better known than St Patrick. Most of what is known about St Patrick comes from two works written by him, the Confessio and the Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus. They are preserved in later manuscripts, as are stories and legends which grew with his fame.
Little survives from St Patrick's own time, but the Museum extends its interest to include not only related archaeological material but also historic and contemporary artwork. Other objects might appear more ephemeral but nevertheless help to explore our own perceptions and explain something of the history and hagiography of our patron saint.
The Museum has collected a large number of books relating to St Patrick and Early Christian Ireland, which can be consulted, by appointment, in the Museum's library.
Down County Museum
location_on
The Mall
English Street,
Downpatrick.
BT30 6AH

Top Reasons To Visit

  • Discover the story of County Down from early times to today
  • Explore the old Gaol of Down and learn about its prisoners
  • Find out more about the museum's rich collection of objects
  • Take part in great seasonal events and activities
  • Relax in the tea room with great views over the countryside

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