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Heritage Sites And Stately Homes

In County Down.


 
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Downpatrick Museum.
 

(Fort of St Patrick.)

This former jail and military barracks where famous United Irishman Thomas Russell (The Man from God Knows Where) was hanged in 1803, now houses Downpatrick Museum which contains a restored Governor's Residence where visitors can see fascinating displays about life in earlier times, as well as a reconstruction of 18th century cells where prisoners were held before transportation to Australia. The St Patrick Heritage Centre in the town tells the story of Ireland's Patron Saint and the area's strong links to the founding of Christianity in Ireland.

Downpatrick Museum
The Mall
Downpatrick
BT30 6AH
Tel +44 (0)28 44 615218
Fax
E Mail
Web Site

Contact:
Linda McKenna

 

 

Rowallane House.
 

South of Saintfield.

Rowallane is owned by the National Trust and used by them as their headquarters. The house was built in 1861, standing in 52 acres of superb natural garden, these were laid out by the Rev John Moore from the late 1860's. After his death in 1888, the work was carried on by his nephew, the plants man and collector Hugh Armytage Moore (1873-1954). In May the rhododendrons reach their peak, whilst summer provides a riot of colour from the thousands of flowering trees, shrubs, roses, fuchsias and heather's.

The garden is open to the public.

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Saintfield
Co Down
Tel +44 (0)28 9751 0131
Fax
E Mail
Web Site

On the Downpatrick road just outside Saintfield.

 

 

Exploris.

 

Aquarium showcase for the diverse marine life in the Irish Sea and Strangford Lough.

Also in Portaferry is a restored stable featuring exhibitions on heritage, maritime history and environment of Portaferry and Strangford Lough. It is located in Castle St, Portaferry.
Tel: (028) 4272 9882.

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The Ropewalk
Castle St
Portaferry
Co Down
Tel +44 (0)28 4272 8062
Fax
E Mail
Web Site
 
 

Cockle Row.
 

Cockle Row is a 300 year old fishermans cottage complete with 1910 furnishings.

The museum chronicles the life of a County Down fisherman and his family at the turn of the century.

Cockle Row
The Harbour
Groomsport
Co Down
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9145 8882
E Mail
Web Site

The centre is operated only in the summer season, during which there are program's of events, some of which are craft demonstrations.

 

 

 

Annalong Corn Mill.
 

(Ford of the ships.)

This water powered corn mill was restored under the supervision of Dr Fred Hammond a noted authority on mills and water power. It is open to the public, flour making demonstrations are given, there is a cafe on site, and for those who would like something a little stronger than coffee, the Harbour Bar is just across the quay.

Annalong Corn Mill.
Marine Park
Annalong
Co Down
Tel +44 (0)28 4376 8736
Fax
E Mail
Web Site

See our page on water power in Ireland.

More information about Annalong Corn Mill

 

 

Bronte Homeland Interpretive Centre.
 

Drumballroney school and church, where Patrick Bronte, father of the novelist sisters, taught and preached, the buildings are now preserved.

Bronte Interpretive Centre
Drumballroney
Rathfriland
Tel +44 (0)28 4063 1152
Or +44 (0)28 4062 3322
Fax
E Mail
Web Site

Directions off B10, 9 miles southeast of Banbridge

 

 


Delamont Country Park
 

Set on the northern shore of the southwest arm of Strangford Lough, Delamont Park is a country estate owned by Down Council, it has a restored walled garden, heronry with hide, way-marked walks, and an adventure playground.

A miniature railway traverses the park, during the summer a leisurely tour of the park can be taken on the railway

In 2000 the Millennium Stone was erected there.

See also The History of Irish Railways.

Delamont Country Park
Killyleagh
Co Down
Tel +44 (0)28 4482 8333
Fax
E Mail
Web Site

On A22, 2 miles south of Killyleagh

 

 

 

Scarva Visitor Centre.
 

(Rough shallow ford.)

Set in the picturesque village of Scarva, on the banks of the Newry canal the first to be built in the British Isles. The Centre depicts the history of canals in Ireland.

Scarva Visitors Centre is open from April until October inclusive: Tues.- Fri., 11:00am - 5:00pm and Sat. - Sun. 2:00 - 5:00pm.

Scarva Visitor Centre
Main St
Scarva
Co Down
Tel +44 (0)28 3883 2163
Fax
E Mail
Web Site

Scarva is also the setting on the 13th of July each year for the 'sham fight' which is an reenactment of the Battle of the Boyne 1690 fought between William of Orange and King James II of England
See our page on Irish Canals

 

 

 

St. Patrick's Visitors Centre
 

Telling the story of Ireland's Patron saint through an informative and dynamic exhibition using modern technology.

St. Patrick Visitor Centre
Downpatrick
Co Down
Tel +44 (0)28 28 4461 9000
Fax
E Mail
Web Site

See our page about Saint Patrick

 

 

 

Mourne Countryside Centre.
 

Questions and answers on the Mourne Country. Mourne Heritage Trust.

Mourne Countryside Centre
87 Central Promenade
Newcastle
Co Down
Tel +44 (0)28 28 4372 24059
Fax
E Mail
Web Site

In Newcastle town Centre.

 

 

 

Ballycopeland Windmill.
 

Ballycopeland Windmill
Millisle
Co Down

More information about Ballycopeland Windmill