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Downpatrick Tours

 

Final resting place of Ireland’s Patron Saint, this tour includes a guided visit to Down Cathedral and Saint Patrick’s burial site which has a large granite stone, placed over the grave in the early part of the twentieth century to stop emigrants removing soil from the grave when they left Ireland! Downpatrick has also been an ancient site from Mesolithic times, and was turned into a military stronghold with the arrival of the Anglo Normans. Find out about Saint Patrick and other famous people: writers, poets, and revolutionaries like United Irishman Thomas Russell (subject of the poem – the Man from God Knows) who was hung at the old Gaol top of English Street and is buried in the Church of Ireland Graveyard).

Key Sites: Saint Patrick’s Grave – tour of Down Cathedral – Old Gaol/Down County Museum – Downpatrick Courthouse – former Southwell School Blue Coat School – Thomas Russell’s grave – Old Town Hall (now Down Arts Centre) Gallows Hill – Denvir’s Hotel – The Silent Dog (Irish Street) – Saint Patrick’s Centre.

 

At a Glance

 

Tour Leaves: Front of Tourism Information Centre, St Patrick’s Centre.

Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish.

Duration: 2.5 Hours

Price: (Estimate Only – It is at the discretion of the available guide/guides if they deliver the tour when below the preferred minimum. If below 8, this may increase the price – does not include drink)

Groups: Max 20 guests per booking Adult £12; Children Under 12 Free if accompanying parents; Concession £8.00 (Students and 60+).

Private: £95 minimum for individuals/families – to be discussed with guide.

Availability: Monthly Autumn/Winter; Twice Monthly Summer (June – August). By Appointment

Request Booking:  Date, Tour Reference (E.g. 001), Morning or Afternoon, Number of People, Private or Public, Language, any disabilities.

Participants need to be prepared for all weather scenarios therefore good walking shoes, a waterproof coat and umbrella are advisable. Please advise guide if you have any special needs or food allergies.

 

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Northern Ireland Tourist Guide Association