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Somme Heritage Centre

233 Bangor Road, Newtownards BT23 7PH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9182 3202
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this is a fantastic place to visit.

Anyone interested in the battle of the Somme will be thrilled by this. The guide is very... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
annjones1912
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Very interesting attraction

Very interesting and informative centre, even for those who aren’t that interested in war. I... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Avril H
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Somme Museum The Somme Museum opened in 1994, it examines Ireland's role in the First World War, with special reference to local cross-community involvement in the three volunteer Divisions raised in Ireland: the 10th and 16th (Irish) Divisions, and the 36th (Ulster) Division. The Museum is fully registered and accredited and houses an extensive collection of material from the Great War period which is displayed on a rotational basis. The collection includes uniforms, medals, weapons and personal items which tell the stories of those who served, fought and experienced the First World War. Visitors to the Museum have an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the First World War as they make their way from the Home Rule Crisis to the Recruiting Office and on to the trenches of the Western Front. Audio visual displays and experienced and knowledgeable guides bring the experience to life.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“worth a visit” (15 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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233 Bangor Road, Newtownards BT23 7PH, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 9182 3202
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Anyone interested in the battle of the Somme will be thrilled by this. The guide is very knowledgeable and interesting, and the experience will bring tears to your eyes. The café was closed when we visited but the lovely girl on reception offered to make...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Very interesting and informative centre, even for those who aren’t that interested in war. I highly recommend a visit, the guides are excellent.

Thank Avril H
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had a great day here not just for kids but a lovely walk round and all the animals are very well behaved and the staff can't be helpful enough. Highly recommended

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

have heard a lot of bad reports about this place.but I believe these lovely walks outside.my friend has been and she says its very expensive.

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CM149, PA at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I’m confused by your review, perhaps you’d like to actually visit the Museum and be in a position to make an accurate judgment.

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Took my grandsons aged 8 and 12...they absolutely loved it...Its a wonderful tribute to all those people who lost their lives defending our nation. The boys were fascinated by how many bullets the machine guns could fire....how the soldiers didnt have proper headgear for the...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Great spot that accurately describes the conditions, the weather and the lives of so many who left their families and homes and did not return had to endure in the trenches and blood soaked killing fields of the front line during the Battle of the...More

Thank Nigel K
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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

Spent a couple of very interesting hours at the Somme Heritage Centre in Newtownards. The Great War is of particular interest having had two Great Grandfathers in the Battle of the Somme as Northumberland Fusiliers. Finding out about the Irish Divisions and the part they...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Great couple of hours spent going round the centre, very interesting. The guide was fantastic and really knowledgable. Great value for money

Thank Mike A
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CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit tot the Somme Museum, we're glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

This was my first time in the somme centre. Had booked tickets for Halloween in the trenches. Had tickets booked for 4:30 on the 31st. We stood and waited as we got there early encase they wanted to start on time. We waited nearly 45...More

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CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit tot the Somme Museum. I apologies for the mix up with the Halloween tour times and i hope this did not take away fro the experience too much.

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Reviewed 18 September 2017

Drove up from South Dublin based upon a recommendation in Bob Montgomery's book, Drive Ireland. This young museum proved to be a great surprise as it told the story of Ireland's involvement in the Battle of the Somme. Our tour guide was wonderful and did...More

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CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit tot the Somme Museum, we're glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Gladys W
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Response from Boyd I | Reviewed this property |
They hold guided tours on the hour every hour between 10am and 3pm during opening hours. These are interactive educational tours, Our guides have learned great knowledge of the First World War and in particular the Battle of... More
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Response from willdocbilly | Reviewed this property |
From Belfast best option is bus or train to bangor and then taxi out to the centre. In fairness it lies between Newtownards and bangor so not on any public transport route from Belfast. Hope this helps
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charles9565
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Response from DennisW128 | Reviewed this property |
You should really contact the centre direct. The staff are very helpful and I'm sure they would arrange an interesting visit for you and your class.
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