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Downpatrick is the County Town of Down.
The Saint Patrick Centre situated below Patricius’s reputed burial site has an interactive exhibition and includes an art gallery, craft shop, restaurant, conference facilities, Tourist Information Centre and education programme.
Down County Museum is situated on “The Mall” and within the high walls of the former county gaol you can enjoy discovering the past through displays telling the story of Saint Patrick and the human and natural history of the region.
The museum occupies the same hill which is crowned by Down Cathedral. The adjacent ancient fort of “dun” gave its name to the town and county of Down. The Downpatrick/Ardglass Railway Station is the perfect place for a family to enjoy an afternoon with a difference. Trains run on selected days throughout the year. There are many ancient ruins to visit in and around the town and Downpatrick will enthral and enrapture you as you embark on a journey through the centuries.
Downpatrick and County Down Railway...Travel back to the past with real vintage steam trains to Inch Abbey and King Magnus' Grave, on Ireland's only full-sized heritage railway. Built on the trackbed of part of the Belfast and County Down Railway, which ran to Newcastle, the old line was closed and abandoned nearly 60 years ago, the volunteer enthusiasts have laid nearly three miles of track to create Ireland’s only full-sized heritage railway.