Saint Patrick Centre

the story of Ireland starts here.

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The Saint Patrick Centre is the only permanent exhibition in the World about Ireland’s Patron Saint. The History of Ireland starts here in Patrick’s words, which guide you through our amazing multimedia exhibition. Located 2 Hours north of Dublin and 35 minutes south of Belfast beside Saint Patrick’s Grave with a fantastic Craft Store and incredible Garden Cafe. This needs to be your first stop in Ireland.  

Announcement: Exhibition Galleries Closed

The Exhibition at the Saint Patrick Centre is currently closed and will remain closed during November & December to prepare for Christmas! If you want to know more about our Christmas experience, feel free to contact us

The iMax Auditorium is still open and can be booked here, if you wish to do so!

Bookings are open for The Saint Patrick Centre’s Christmas Experience: Santa’s Elf Emporium.

Running from Tuesday 1st December – Friday 23rd December

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday evenings 5-8 pm. Saturdays 10-4pm and Sundays 1-4pm.

Admission : 2 Adults & 2 Children £35, Additional Children £12.50, Additional Adults £7. 

Call us on 028 44619000 to book! 


eGift Cards

We have added eGift Cards to our online shop, the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones this year!

Check out our limited edition £45 Christmas eGift Card for our Saint Patrick’s Way experiences. Get them while you can!

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Saint Patrick’s Coastal Camino

from £65.00 (5th May – 8th Sept)

Travel by coach to Ballyhornan Beach for a spectacular coastal walk along sandy trails and cliff-tops en-route to Saint Patrick’s Well by the sea. Walk to the historic Ardtole church before discovering the charming medieval port of Ardglass and lunch at the oldest golf club in the World. 

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Saint Patrick's Camino Downpatrick

from £45.00  (29th April – 16th September)

St Patrick’s Pilgrim Walk Downpatrick is one of our epic adventures. Discover the amazing story of Saint Patrick on this guided walk. View experiences below to see all our Camino experiences.

The Journey

The Journey - 5 days & 4 nights

£850 Inclusive  24th-28th April/ 17th-21st July

Escape the age of overwhelm in this unique journey of mind, soul and body in Saint Patrick’s County. This includes a five days of activities and a five night stay in an Irish Monastic Retreat.

Want more to see more? Check out our full list of bookable experiences.

New stock in our online shop

The Saint Patrick Centre Gift Shop is the best retail venue for tourists visiting Northern Ireland and provides a wide range of traditional crafts, books, apparel, accessories and jewellery. 

Shop online to sample our range.

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Latest News

Open Country Dec 22

BBC Radio 4’s Open Country

The Saint Patrick Centre and Saint Patrick’s Way featured in BBC Radio 4’s Open Country presented by Helen Mark on 1st December. …

Jobs: Cafe Duty Manager

WE ARE HIRING- CAFE DUTY MANAGER REQUIRED. Applications from to be returned by 5pm Friday 9th December.

Jobs: Retail Manager

WE ARE HIRING- RETAIL MANAGER REQUIRED. Applications from to be returned by 5pm Friday on 9th December.

St Patrick's Centre Visitor Services


We have the only permanent exhibition in the World about Ireland’s Patron Saint. 

Group Bookings

We welcome you and your clients to this stunning visitor centre with a personal service.

Conference Rooms

The perfect venue for conferences and events with various sized conference rooms.


Experience Patrick’s life in his own words with workshops available for schools!

Friends of St Patrick

Charities set up across the USA and Canada to learn more about the Saint Patrick Centre.


Questions directly from our visitors or learn more before making your visit!

Opening Times

The story of Ireland starts here. Plan your trip and learn about the story of Patrick.

About St Patrick

Learn everything you need to know about St Patrick with our fantastic resources!


Stephen A

April 9, 2022

Lunch Time Visit

We were given re fills of coffee while we waited for our lunch to arrive. The food arrived a short time later and was presented excellent. Niall is an excellent credit... [read more]

Sarah M

August 3, 2021

Definitely worth a visit for local information and great gifts

Was surprised to see this feature in such a small town but excellent information available and great location.

Hayley M

July 5, 2021

Perfect way to spend a Saturday

Had a brilliant day doing the Newcastle section of the walk. Guides Martina and Elaine were superb – friendly, fun and knowledgeable. Started off with lovely… [read more]

Want more to read more? Check out all of our excellent reviews on Tripadvisor.

Find Us

The Saint Patrick Centre,
Saint Patrick’s Square,
Market Street, Downpatrick,
BT30 6LZ

Opening hours
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9am - 5pm July/August