St Patrick Centre

Top choice in County Down

This magnificent glass-and-timber heritage centre houses a multimedia exhibition called 'Ego Patricius', charting the life and legacy of Ireland's patron saint. Audio and video presentations tell St Patrick's story, often in his own words (taken from his Confession, written in Latin around the year 450, which begins with the words 'Ego Patricius', meaning 'I am Patrick'). At the end is a spectacular widescreen film that takes you on a swooping, low-level helicopter ride over the landscapes of Ireland.

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1. Down County Museum

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2. Down Cathedral


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3. Downpatrick & County Down Railway

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4. Inch Abbey

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5. Struell Wells

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6. Saul Church


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8. Castle Ward Estate

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