The Saint Patrick Centre
The Story Of Ireland Starts Here
The Saint Patrick Centre is one of Northern Ireland's leading attractions and a must see destination on the way from Dublin to Belfast. We are a registered charity as well as an important educational resource about the life of Ireland's most famous export - Saint Patrick.
No trip to Ireland is complete without a visit to the National Grave of Saint Patrick. Discover his incredible story at the Saint Patrick Centre in the medieval town of Downpatrick just 35 minutes south of Belfast.
Please take a look around our website and feel free to get in touch with us to arrange your visit.
The Story Of Ireland Starts Here
The Saint Patrick Centre is the only permanent exhibition in the world about Ireland's Patron Saint.
The story of Ireland starts here in the words of Saint Patrick himself - explore Patrick's life and legacy in our award winning interactive galleries and IMAX experience. Discover our Art Gallery, Craft shop and Garden Cafe with its views to the Medieval Cathedral of Down where the National Grave of Saint Patrick is located.
Journey to the fabulous local sites associated with Patrick to discover Inch Abbey where the legends of the snakes was written and the first church in Ireland at Saul were Patrick died on March 17th.
History of Saint Patrick
It tells the story of saint Patrick from his kidnapping to his escaping from Ireland and his return to bring Christianity to Ireland. There is a walk through and a very interesting visual helicopter flight round the Christian sites in the north of Ireland and sorry but he didn't get rid of the snakes and the colour of Ireland is blue not green.
Johnny, Belfast 2018Tripadvisor
This is a wonderful place to visit and, importantly, to begin a visit to the area. The Centre should be considered as the place in County Down to begin a visit to the area. Enjoy all it has to offer including the cafe and shop and then go from there to experience the Saint Patrick trail and other local attractions.
Mame C - 02/12/2017TripAdvisor
This centre does a good job of telling the story of St Patrick. It also houses a nice gift shop, a lovely cafe and once you walk up the hill through the garden, you can visit St Patrick's grave and the cathedral, which is beautiful. Since my ancestors came from Armagh, close by, I imagine they made the pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Patrick back in the mid nineteenth century so it had special meaning to me.
Magnolia N - Thomastown Georgia, 03/12/2017TripAdvisor
Worth the visit !!
I had never really thought about St. Patrick before and I learned so much in such an easy, well laid out way. Very interesting audio visual presentation so it was easy to follow!!
R X Marsdon Waconia, Minnesota, 07/10/2017Tripadvisor
This was a highlight on our group pilgrimage, Dr. Tim Campbell and his staff were very accommodating and the two hour tour of the Centre and surrounding area was exceptionally well done - so good we will bring our next group back here.
The center video of the Life of St Patrick was very well worth watching. Buying from the shop was great - genuine local quality items.
John Hornblow Palmerston New Zealand 21/08/2017Tripadvisor
Great info fabulous service
On one of our last days visiting this region we visited this great place. Full of info and great giftware. The staff were friendly and very knowledgeable.
Definitely one place to add to your list.
Lynda R, London 22/06/2017Tripadvisor
Informative and welcoming visitor centre with great cafe
With car park at the front door, and Downpatrick Cathedral with the site of St Patrick's grave up the hill behind it, this is well worth a visit.
Good for all ages interactive experience tells you all about St Patrick's life and influence.
There is an excellent cafe serving tasty food made on the premises - from cakes to cooked lunches.
Alister W, Dorset 06/05/2017Tripadvisor
Makes the story of Saint Patrick come alive
This is a really nice Center devoted to telling the story of Saint Patrick and his impact on Ireland. The video presentation is nicely done and the Center director Dr Campbell is a fun person to chat with.
In addition, the Center has a well stocked gift shop and the upstairs restaurant serves some nice food.
While in the city, I would also recommend a stop at the Down Cathedral to hear the story of the church and to see the memorial grave site for Saint