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Newry and Mourne Museum

Visit Newry and Mourne Museum at Bagenal’s Castle to discover more about this historic region. The Museum is open seven days a week and entrance is free of charge.

Newry and Mourne Museum first opened in 1986 in Newry Arts Centre and moved to larger premises at Bagenal’s Castle in March 2007. It has welcomed visitors from all over the world who have enjoyed the rich tapestry of this region’s history on display throughout the building.

Built in the environs of the site of a 12th century Cistercian abbey, Bagenal’s Castle is an early example of a fortified residence.

The Castle’s exact location was lost over the years due to constant adaptation of the building, not least when the premises were purchased by Arthur McCann Ltd in 1894 and converted into a bakery.

Rediscovered in 1996 when McCann’s sold the site, the Castle has been sympathetically restored.  During the restoration process, drawings from a survey of the Castle completed c.1570 allowed archaeologists to uncover many original features of the Castle and these have been interpreted for the visitor.

The main exhibitions in the Museum include prehistoric material, Newry as a merchant town, the working life of the area and modern experiences of living in a Border area. Changes are made to the main exhibitions on an annual basis.

There are plenty of events and activities for young and old on offer throughout the year, including family arts and crafts, a vibrant lecture series, craft workshops, a free tour every Sunday and much more.

There are also child friendly activities throughout the Museum, including interactives, a comic and costumes that children can try on, which bring history to life.

The wide range of activities on offer means there is something on offer for all visitors to Newry and Mourne Museum.

Contact Us

Newry and Mourne Museum
Bagenal's Castle
Castle Street
Newry BT34 2BY

Telephone: 028 3031 3182
Email: museum@nmandd.org