Incredible past... exciting future
Known as the Gateway to the North, Newry sits snugly amidst the natural splendour of the Mourne Mountains and the Ring of Gullion. It's at the very heart of the Home of St Patrick, on the borders of Game of Thrones® Territory, and just a short trip away from the fairytale landscapes of Ireland’s Ancient East.
A heady mix of retro and modern gives this city a distinct edge, and Newry has firmly established itself as shopping heaven with locals on the island of Ireland. One of Northern Ireland’s newest city it may be, but the past makes up an integral part of Newry’s modern-day character. And there’s a lot of "past" on offer – after all, human settlement here dates back to 4,000BC.
In the 19th century, Newry was a bustling trading port, a place of merchants, markets and noisy city quays. A link to the city’s industrious beginnings can be seen in its place names: Buttercrane Quay, Canal Boat Street and Custom House Quay. A flourish of rejuvenation means many historically significant buildings are intact once more, each with a little tale of their own.
Shop 'til you drop
If there’s one thing that Newry city can do like nowhere else, it’s shopping. Shopping centres such as The Quays and The Buttercrane house all the major stores and eateries you could wish for. But a jaunt out from the centres into the smaller shops comes with its own rewards, too, with niche retailers offering something unique.
At Jack Murphy Jewellers, Gemma Murphy says the key to Newry’s success is its reputation for traditional family-run businesses. “Newry is known for the quality of its customer service,” she notes. “And that spreads through word-of-mouth all over Ireland and much further afield.”
Beyond the city
When you’re all shopped out, Newry is the perfect base to explore some of Northern Ireland’s most iconic sites, such as the Mourne Mountains and the Gullion Way, the magnificent city of Belfast and tranquil Carlingford Lough. And just out from the city, the peace and serenity of Kilbroney Forest Walk is a refreshing change of scenery to the fast-paced thrum of Newry.
Shopping AND serenity? Newry, we salute you.
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Newry Cathedral of St. Patrick and St. Colman
This is undoubtedly the most commanding building in Newry and is arguably the most important work executed by Newry's greatest native architect, Thomas Duff. Built in 1829 of local granite at a cost of £8,000, it was the first Catholic Cathedral.