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Nautilus Centre and Mourne Maritime Visitor Centre

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Nautilus Centre Rooney Road, Kilkeel, Down,
Ms Michelle Burden
T: (028) 4176 2525

This Heritage Centre overlooks the busy and picturesque fishing port of Kilkeel.

The Nautilus Centre overlooks Kilkeel's busy and picturesque fishing port and houses the Mourne Maritime Visitor Centre, Kilkeel Tourist Information Centre and Mourne Seafood Cookery School. The scenery can be admired while enjoying a meal in the first floor restaurant.

The Mourne Maritime Visitor Centre is the focal point of the building and tells the story of the local fishing and maritime heritage, with touch screen technology.

There is a reconstruction of a wheelhouse where children both young and old can have a go at being skipper and learn about life on board. It also houses the “Anna” skiff which was the pride of the herring fleet when Kilkeel was also home to tall ships that carried granite and grain to ports all over the UK and Ireland. Whatever the weather you can sit and enjoy panoramic views of Kilkeel harbour. There are craft activities for children when they visit, as well as gifts to browse through.
The Families at Sea exhibition is a great way to trace your relatives, with the fishing and maritime histories of over 20 local families on display. There are over 100 photos and details on display of those registered who were connected to fishing or were mariners at the beginning of the 19th century.

There are craft activities for kids when they visit, as well as gifts to browse through.

The Nautilus Centre is also home to the Northern Ireland headquarters of the Royal National Mission for Deep Sea Fishermen. If you venture to the rear of the centre you will see 12 stores which are used by local fishermen.

Lift and Stair, € Accepted.