Somme Heritage Centre

For those who need to remind themselves of the bitterness of war, so to become more thankful for what they have now, they need not go any further that the Somme Heritage Centre. Since it opened in 1994, the centre has made its focus on Ireland’s involvement in World War I – notably that of the cross-community efforts in the three local volunteer Divisions. However the centre’s interests have gone further towards World War II in the past ten years.

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The aims of the centre are noble. To bring experiences of the past times which saw much sombre and sad times, in an effort to bring understanding to the heritage the people of Northern Ireland and Ireland have. As well as bringing together cross-border communities, the centre wishes to help the youth of today see what they have available in terms of resources, artefacts and awareness of what went on all those years ago.

There are guided tours available to further your knowledge of past times. Usually these are set up for schools, but the Centre insists on having something of equal use for others.

For anyone firmly interested in warfare of the past, or even researching their family tree, the Somme Heritage Centre is a valuable resource to insight, inspiration and humility to think of what it represents.

The centre also has a cafe and souvenir shop to add to your experience.


Address: Some Heritage Centre,

233 Bangor Road,

Newtownards Road,

County Down, BT23 7PH


Telephone: 028 91823203

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