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Somme Heritage Centre

233 Bangor Road, Newtownards BT23 7PH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9182 3202
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Great place to visit

Great couple of hours spent going round the centre, very interesting. The guide was fantastic and... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
Mike A
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Ok I guess

This was my first time in the somme centre. Had booked tickets for Halloween in the trenches. Had... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
KLC195
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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“worth a visit” (15 reviews)
“guided tour” (11 reviews)
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 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
CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

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

Thank KLC195
CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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.

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

Thank Tom M
CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 6 September 2017

If you have even the remotest interest in Irish ancestry or the Great War (WW1) in particular the contribution of the 36 Ulster along with the 10th and 16th Irish Divisions then a visit to the Somme Centre between Newtownards and Bangor is an absolute...More

Thank Boyd I
CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

This is a nicely put together small museum although you definitely need to go on a guided tour to get the value out of it. The tour was particularly good in combining local history, Irish history and first World war history to give a perspective...More

Thank Carolyn M
CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 August 2017

Enjoyed the tour. The guide was personable and not patronising. The tour started slowly but once we got to the trenches it was really atmospheric. Worth a visit. Nice food at the cafe too.

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CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to the Somme Museum, we hope you enjoyed the experience.

Reviewed 19 July 2017

I am very interested in Irish history and particularly is relation to the role of the 36th Ulster Division in WW1. I took along my 9 year old son who is started to develope and understanding of WW1. The tour round the centre was fantastic...More

Thank Chris K
Claire M, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

Thank you very much for your kind review, we're glad to hear that both you and your son enjoyed the guided tour.

Reviewed 9 July 2017

Was not aware of this Centre until neighbours advised us to visit. Excellent exhibition from start to finish. We were in the capable hands of guide (Andy) who explained everything in detail, told true stories and answered any question. He has an excellent knowledge of...More

Thank Robin H
CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent visit to the Somme Museum, we're glad you enjoyed the tour with Andy, he is an excellent guide who really enjoys his work. Thanks also for visiting our newly reopened coffee shop. Claire

Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

A great place to visit, for anyone of any age, family, couples or school groups etc. Lots of war memorabilia to view by yourself, or there are tours on the hour every hour. Young guy was our tour guide this afternoon, he definitely knew his...More

Thank Claire D
CM149, PA to Director at Somme Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Somme Museum and in particular, Steven's tour.

Reviewed 13 June 2017

Really informative museum about the Battle of the Somme from the viewpoint of the Irish regiments who fought in that and later battles. We went on a guided tour and the guide was informative and brought the horrors of WW1 to life. The exhibition is...More

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Eileencharlotte
30 October 2016|
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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
17 October 2016|
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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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geoffmclaughlin
14 September 2016|
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Response from DennisW128 | Reviewed this property |
No, but you would miss so much without the use of a guide
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