Down County Museum, located in the 18th century County Gaol of Down, interprets the diverse history of the County.

The museum’s permanent exhibition, Down Through Time, tells the story of 9000 years of human history in the County with over 1100 objects and documents exhibited in fascinating displays.

The early Christian heritage of the area is showcased in a new gallery, Raising the Cross in Down, which has the Downpatrick High Cross as its centrepiece. The restored cells capture the atmosphere of the old gaol.

  • Restored 18th century prison cells with stories of individual prisoners
  • The Downpatrick High Cross with accompanying display on the early Christian heritage of the area
  • Early Christian and Medieval treasures
  • Victorian and 20th century Down brought to life through fascinating displays
  • The stories of 1798 and the 1803 rebellions

Open Daily Year Round

Monday to Saturday: 10:00-16:30
Sunday: 13:30-17:00
St Patrick’s Day (17 March): 10:00 – 18:00

Visit duration: approx. 90 minutes to 2 hours
Extra admission times: Available by arrangement
Closed: December 24 to Jan 01


Admission Prices 2019 

Admission is free

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Free leaflets available in Irish, French, German, Spanish, Cantonese, Urdu, Hindi, Slovakian, Lithuanian and Portuguese. Free audio guides available in German, French, Spanish and Irish.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Tearoom serving lunches, snacks and hot drinks.

SHOPPING: Gift shop selling books, local crafts, children’s items and jewellery.

PARKING: Free car and coach parking located on the street, adjacent to the museum.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Fully accessible with accessible toilets.

GROUPS: Groups are catered for. No need to pre-book (except for guided tours).

Getting There

Located 22 miles from Belfast and 30 from Newry, the museum is situated on the Mall/English Street in the centre of Downpatrick, adjacent to the courthouse and nearby Down Cathedral.

Map Location: 54.328589, -5.719366
Contact Down County Museum

The Mall, Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Eircode: BT30 6AH
T: +353 (0)28 4461 5218
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