Newry and Mourne Museum is located in a restored 16th century fortified house, Bagenal’s Castle, and adjoining 19th century warehouse

The museum galleries which interpret the history of the castle and the development of the area from earliest times provide a leisure and learning service to the local community throughout the area, and act as a dynamic focus for helping us connect with our past, our present and our future.

The museum’s diverse collections currently include material relating to prehistory; Newry’s Cistercian foundations; Ulster’s Gaelic Order and its relationship with the English Crown; the building of a merchant town and the first summit level canal in the British Isles; the working life and folk traditions of rural and mountain areas; fishing, trade and migration by sea; renowned local personalities and businesses; folklore, storytelling and music; and modern experiences of a border area. All these aspects of local heritage are explored at through a varied programme of exhibitions, educational events and activities.

  • 16th century fortified house
  • Three galleries tracing the history of Newry and Mourne
  • Family activities
  • Local and family history research facility
  • Two temporary exhibitions per year
  • Events and tours

Open Daily Year Round

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

Visit duration: approx. 60 to 80 minutes.
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed: December 24-26; January 1 and Easter Sunday


Admission Prices 2019

Admission is free.

Useful Information

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

LANGUAGES: Leaflets and audio guides available free in English.

GROUPS: Groups are welcome and pre-booking is required.

SHOPPING: Gift shop at museum.

PARKING: Free coach and car parking available.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Fully accessible with accessible toilets.


  • Accredited Museum
  • National Gold Winner Educational/Public Buildings: Green Apple Awards 2007 for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage
  • Winner: Building Conservation Category RICS Northern Ireland 2008 Awards for Excellence in the Built Environment
  • Commendation: RSUA Deign Wards 2008
Getting There

Newry and Mourne Museum is approx. 68 miles from Dublin and 28 miles from Belfast.

Map Location: 54.173021, -6.335919
Contact Newry and Mourne Museum

Bagenal’s Castle, 36 Castle Street, Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Eircode: BT34 2BY
T: +353 (0)28 3031 3178
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