3. Cathedral culture
Newry’s churches and cathedrals are powerhouses of history. Stand high on the grounds of St Patrick’s Church, and a view of the surrounding countryside and city centre unfolds before you – this is the Home of St Patrick, where the island's patron saint once walked spreading his teachings. The church itself was founded in 1578 and was one of the first Protestant churches built on the island of Ireland.
Next stop is the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Colman – the primary place of Catholic worship in the city. Known for its vibrant stained-glass windows, this cathedral was opened in 1829, and has wonderful interior marble works with Italian craftsmanship.
4. Appreciate the "navvy"
Chiselled and carved to perfection, the face of the Newry Navvy sculpture looks down from his plinth on Sugar Island. The bronze statue, erected in 2011, celebrates the men who built the Newry Canal in 1742.
5. Eat cake!
The Shelbourne is a Newry institution. It’s where weary shoppers and lunchtime strollers converge to indulge in cake and pastry loveliness. For over 100 years, the tantalising aroma of newly baked goodies fills the air as the in-house bakers do what they do best in the kitchens. We’re talking chocolate fudge cake, banoffee pie, Pavlova, tarts… the list goes on.
Up on the walls hang works from local artists, as well as pieces from one of Ireland’s hottest artists: Graham Knuttel. Our favourites are his portraits of Bono and Van Morrison.