Bronte Homeland Interpretative Centre
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Church Hill Road
Drumballyroney, Rathfriland, County Down,
Tourist Information Banbridge
(028) 4062 0232
The Brontë Homeland in Northern Ireland.
The fertile land of County Down has been farming country for centuries. It was here that Patrick Brontë, father of Charlotte, Emily and Anne - the Brontë sisters, was born into a farming family on 17th March 1777 - Saint Patrick's day.
Follow the story of Patrick Brontë and his family through the buildings that survive within the Homeland. The Brontë Homeland Drive starts at Drumballyroney Church and School near Rathfriland, ten miles south of Banbridge. It is well signposted along the 10-mile route shown on the map.
Drumballyroney Church and School, where Patrick Brontë taught and preached, have been preserved and now include displays about the Brontë family.
Brontë Homeland Picnic Site, Knockiveagh. An ideal place to stop and see the rolling hills where Patrick grew up and the Mountains of Mourne in the background.
Alice McClory's Cottage, Brontë Road. The cottage was the childhood home of Patrick's mother, Alice McClory.
Patrick’s birthplace at Emdale is on an 8-mile signposted Homeland drive which starts from the centre. The remains have been in the care of the Brontë Homeland Trust since 1956.
Glascar School. Patrick taught here in the 1790s, although the original schoolhouse was replaced by this more modern building in 1844. He is said to have used enlightened teaching methods to bring out the best in his pupils.
Open Easter - August inclusive: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12.00pm - 4.30pm. Centre can be opened by prior arrangement outside these months. Group tours of Brontë Homeland Drive can also be arranged. Please contact Banbridge Visitor Information Centre for details.
Events programme available.