The saintly sight of Down Cathedral
Tread softly in Downpatrick, for you’re walking on hallowed ground. Just decades after St Patrick first sailed through Strangford Lough in the 5th century, he was buried on the grounds of Down Cathedral, leaving behind his indelible legacy as The Apostle of Ireland. With its elaborate stained glass, antique organ, and ornate spires pointing proudly into the sky, this magnificent cathedral is an irreplaceable silhouette on the County Down canvas – as is Down County Museum, just 100m away. Check into this converted gaol and peer back through 9,000 years of human history.
If you have more time
Down the road stands Saul Church: a simple, stone church on the site of the barn where St Patrick first worshipped in Ireland, back in 432 AD.