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Somme Heritage Centre

233 Bangor Road, Newtownards BT23 7PH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9182 3202
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Informative tour

This is a nicely put together small museum although you definitely need to go on a guided tour to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carolyn M
via mobile
A touch of the Somme

Enjoyed the tour. The guide was personable and not patronising. The tour started slowly but once we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Phil R
Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, United Kingdom
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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” (10 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
233 Bangor Road, Newtownards BT23 7PH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9182 3202
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Phil R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 10 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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Lovetotravel1956
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Excellent day out,I was surprised at how the exhibition was laid out and Andy made the whole experience come to life,the exhibition films trenches made it very real with the true stories from the trenches well worth a visit

Thank jimandmim
Reviewed 11 April 2017

They called it the war to end all wars. The Somme was one of its darkest periods. But still young men are sent to give their lives on foreign soil. My Grandfather fought, was wounded, was then captured in the Battle of the Somme. He...More

1  Thank Paul M
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Well worth a visit and the tour is very good. Loved the trenches, old film and photos. Felt very emotional at the end of the tour, having lost so many relatives in WW1 in Egypt and France. Really brilliant way of remembering all our heroes.

Thank Emma G
Reviewed 16 February 2017

According to the website there is a tour at 3pm everyday. I went early on hoping to have a walk around and then join the tour for extra info, however upon arriving there was a tour starting and I was told to join it. The...More

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31 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
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.
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