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It takes its name from a dún (a fort), which once stood on the hill that dominates the town and on which Down Cathedral stands.
There are many attractions to visit including The Saint Patrick Centre, purpose-built to tell the story of Saint Patrick; and Down County Museum, situated in the former Down Gaol, which tells the story of the area.
Down Cathedral, a place of pilgrimage and prayer, is open for all visitors and the remains of Saint Patrick are reputedly buried on Cathedral Hill beside the Cathedral. The grave is still a place of pilgrimage each Saint Patrick's Day.
Downpatrick and County Down Railway is Ireland's only fully sized heritage railway, built on the town’s former rail link to Belfast. It links the town with Inch Abbey, a large ruined Cistercian monastic site on the outskirts of Downpatrick.
- The Saint Patrick Centre, telling the story of Saint Patrick
- Down County Museum, giving a rich history of the area
- Down Cathedral, a place of pilgrimage
- The remains of Saint Patrick, buried on the hill beside the Cathedral
- Ireland's only fully sized heritage railway
- Inch Abbey, a large ruined Cistercian monastic site
Opening times vary by attraction.
Vary - check with individual visitor attractions.
Get a Heritage Island Discount Pass: 2 for 1 at St. Patrick's Centre.
Other Useful Information
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Downpatrick has numerous cafés and restaurants with a range of dining options.
There are several shopping options in Downpatrick and surrounds.
Paid and free car and coach parking available throughout the town.
Downpatrick is located 33km south of Belfast.Downpatrick Heritage Town Nearby Attractions