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Down County Museum
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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.

Highlights include:
  • 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

Visitor Information

Open Year Round

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

Contact Details

Down County Museum
The Mall, English Street, Downpatrick, Co. Down

T: +00 44 28 4461 5218

Closed: December 24 to 31

Approx. visit duration: 90 minutes to 2 hours

Extra admission times: Available by arrangement


Admission Prices 2019

Admission is free


Other Useful Information

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.

Tearoom serving lunches, snacks and hot drinks. 

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

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

Fully accessible with accessible toilets. 

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


  • Discover Early Christian Down! New tour packages available for groups
  • Discover the Old Gaol of Down! New tour packages available for groups


Map Location

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.

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Next-up Events

January 1 - December 31 2019
Events at the Old Gaol, Down County Museum read more

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