Places to see in County Down

St Patrick's Country

Only 20 mins drive from Oakleigh House bed and breakfast accommodation is the town of Downpatrick named in the memory of St Patrick.

Church at Saul

Saint Patrick began his missionary work after his boat was swept into Strangford Lough by strong currents. Patrick had come brimming with missionary enthusiasm intent on bringing the Christian faith to the northern Irish, the Scotii, not already converted. The local chief gave him a barn and for some 30yrs he converted the Irish to Christianity. He died at Saul in 461 and was buried in Downpatrick.

The St. Patrick Centre, Downpatrick

St. Patrick's grave

The World Centre for Saint Patrick is located beside St Patrick's grave, Down Cathedral and Down Museum in the town of Downpatrick named after the saint. It is two hours north of Dublin and 30 minutes from Belfast between the Mourne mountains and Strangford Lough. It provides a multimedia exhibition and IMAX theatre which tells the story of the life and times of St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. The centre provides ample parking, a gift shop, art gallery, cafe and tourist information

Down Cathedral

St Patricks Church at Saul

At Saul is a replica of an earlier church from where St Patrick preached to the Irish and nearby at Struel there is a Holy Well associated with St Patrick.

Down Cathedral

Down Cathedral is a late 18th century restoration of a Benedictine Monastery built in 1183. In the graveyard is the grave of St Patrick marked by a stone slab. The cathedral has magnificent stained glass windows, box pews and organ case. Today it is a Church of Ireland Cathedral.

When in Downpatrick call in at The Down Civic Arts Centre based in the old Town Hall and the County Down Museum located in the old county gaol of Down. Ride the only Irish standard guage working railway museum with steam and diesel locomotives, old carriages, a signs cabin and engine shed. On your way home to Newcastle call in at Dundrum Castle on the hill overlooking Dundrum Bay.