Things to see or do
- Mobile narrative: Bagenal’s Castle located in the historic City of Newry, is a 16th century house
- Opening times: Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:30 Sun 13:00 - 17:00
- Prices: Admission free
- Directions from Town: On Castle Street, also known as Abbey Way, between High Street and Courtney Hill and beside Lidl stores and carpark. Only 5 minute walk from the city centre.
Bagenal's Castle and Newry and Mourne MuseumNewry Down - Northern Ireland
Bagenal’s Castle is a sixteenth century fortified house and adjoining nineteenth century warehouse. It houses Newry Tourist Information Centre and Newry & Mourne Museum, opened in 1986.
During restoration work on the Castle many original features were uncovered including fireplaces, windows, doorways, gun loops and a bread oven. These have been interpreted for the visitor and drawings were commissioned to illustrate how the various living quarters of the castle would have functioned in the sixteenth century.
The museum's diverse collections include material relating to prehistory, Newry's Cistercian foundations, Ulster's Gaelic order and the relationship with the English Crown; the building of a merchant town and the first summit level canal in the British Isles. You can also discover the history of the 'Gap of the North', the historic mountain pass between Ulster and Leinster located to the south of Newry. Artefacts on display include a granite cross from Newry’s Cistercian Abbey, a pair of mill shoes from Bessbrook and seaside memorabilia from Warrenpoint. One of the key exhibitions, "A Border Town’s Experience of the 20th Century", examines local attitudes to major political and economic events of the 20th century. There are also permanent exhibitions on farming, fishing and folklore in the Mournes and South Armagh.
Other facilities include two temporary exhibition areas and a reading room for local and family history research.
The Tourism Information Centre can provide a comprehensive and quality visitor service, with an excellent range of local crafts and merchandise for sale.
ContactTelephone+44 (0)28 3031 3182
Fax:+44 (0)28 3026 8833
Address: Newry Tourist Information Centre, Castle Street, Newry, County Down, BT34 2DA