Down County Museum

Part of the Saint Patrick's Trail
This restored 18th-century Gaol makes an ideal day out for families, groups, schools and individuals. Take a journey through 9000 years of history through our permanent exhibition 'Down Through Time' or visit our restored cell block with life-size figures of prisoners and their jailers. We also have temporary displays throughout the year.

The museum is fully accessible for families with young children, visitors with mobility difficulties and wheelchair users. Facilities include Gaolers Kitchen Tea Room, where you can avail of homemade lunches and snacks, Toilets/Baby changing available and the museum shop has an excellent range of books on local history, items of local crafts, children's goods and souvenirs.

Euro accepted in shop and tea-room.
NB. As we do not have exact location information, this is a map of the local area.


Free Admission

*There is however a charge for some special events and for guided tours. Please contact us for more details.

Opening times:

Open All Year
Monday - Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday - Sunday 1.00pm - 5.00 pm

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Downpatrick Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Located 35km from Belfast. Follow the brown signs in Downpatrick.
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Contact Details

Down County Museum
The Mall
English Street
County Down
BT30 6AH

Tel: (028) 4461 5218
Fax: (028) 4461 5590