Bagenal's Castle and Newry and Mourne Museum

Walking Route
Bagenal’s Castle is a sixteenth century fortified house and adjoining nineteenth century warehouse. It houses Newry and Mourne Museum and Newry Visitor Information Centre.

During restoration work on the Castle many original features were uncovered including fireplaces, windows, doorways, gun loops and a bread oven. These have been interpreted for the visitor and drawings were commissioned to illustrate how the various living quarters of the castle would have functioned in the sixteenth century. Highlights include a restored Banqueting Room which is used throughout the year for seasonal and family events.

The Museum's diverse collections include material relating to prehistory, Newry's Cistercian foundations, Ulster's Gaelic order and the relationship with the English Crown; the building of a merchant town and the first summit level canal in the British Isles. You can also discover the history of the 'Gap of the North', the historic mountain pass between Ulster and Leinster located to the south of Newry. One of the key main exhibitions, 'A Border Town’s Experience of the 20th Century', examines local attitudes to major political and economic events of the 20th century. There are also permanent exhibitions on farming, fishing and folklore in the Mournes and South Armagh.

Other facilities include two temporary exhibition areas and a Reading Room for local and family history research.
Two temporary exhibitions are launched each year. The current exhibitions are 'Local Impacts of the First World War' and 'Landownership in South-West Down'. The First World War exhibition examines the impact of this global event on the local community, while the Landownership exhibition explores the development of the towns of Warrrenpoint and Rostrevor.

Newry Visitor Information Centre provides a comprehensive and quality visitor service, with an excellent range of local crafts and merchandise for sale.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Prices:

FREE

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newry Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

On Castle Street, also known as Abbey Way, between High Street and Courtney Hill and beside Lidl stores and carpark. Only 5 minute walk from the city centre.

Forthcoming Events at this Venue

  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • Open Sundays
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Open Mondays
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
  • Euro Accepted
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Parking Available
  • WiFi
  • Baby Changing facilities
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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Contact Details

Castle Street
Newry
County Down
BT34 2BY

Website:
www.bagenalscastle.com
Email:
museum@newryandmourne.gov.uk
Tel: (028) 3031 3182
Alt: (028) 3031 3178
Mob: 07554 772 523
Fax: (028) 3026 8833