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Newry and Mourne Museum
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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.

Highlights include:

  • 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

Visitor Information

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

Open most Bank Holidays

Also open for certain evening events, when advertised.

Contact Details

Newry and Mourne Museum
Bagenal’s Castle, 36 Castle Street, Newry, Co. Down

T: +0044 (0)28 3031 3178

Closed: December 24, 25 and 26; January 1 and Easter Sunday which is April 1 in 2018.

Approx. visit duration: 60 to 80 minutes.

Last Admission: 30 minutes before closing time.

Admission Prices 2019

Admission is free.

Other Useful Information

Leaflets and audio guides available free in English.

Groups are welcome and pre-booking is required.

Gift shop at museum.  

Free coach and car parking available. 

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

Map Location

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

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