Our knowledgeable and friendly staff welcomed over 800 coaches to this stunning presentation in previous years, and we would be delighted to support you and your clients next season and guarantee a personal service which you will not find anywhere else.
Perhaps you are just looking for a rest stop to relax en route? Then visit for free, shop and relax with a coffee in our newly refurbished terraced Garden Cafe and wander about our magnificent gardens which lead to Saint Patrick’s Grave.
The Saint Patrick Centre also provides the opportunity for shopping, with our beautiful, well stocked shop, boasting bespoke gifts to suit everyone and supporting local craftspeople.
Downpatrick has a compact town centre and many of the areas of special historic interest are in a small area close to the Centre. Medieval Down Cathedral, Down Museum and the Mound of Down are all within walking distance of the Centre. Other heritage sights, such as Inch Abbey, St. Patrick’s Healing Wells at Struell and Ireland’s first church at Saul are only about a mile/2 kilometres away.
The exhibition opens with an exploration of Patrick’s Roman background and the world to which he would come – that of Celtic Ireland – literally ‘a land at the end of the World’.
Coach spaces located 150 yards from visitor reception.
Centre Access- ‘Exhibition
Centre Access: Free flow
Group Driver/Guide: Complimentary admission and refreshments (tea/ coffee)
Open for booked groups every day except 25th December and 1st January
NOTE: Last admission to the exhibition is 4pm, 1 hour before closing. Shop closes at 5pm. Cafe closes at 4.00pm. Open Bank Holiday Mondays and other public holidays in Northern Ireland. See weekly opening times.
Belfast: 40 minutes
Dublin: 2 hours
Various art exhibitions throughout the year. Please contact Centre for information on other events.
Cafe open daily: terrace garden with seats/tables. Pre-booked group menu available.
Bespoke souvenirs and locally hand-crafted gifts available. Also, check out our online shop.
Adult Groups (25 +) (50 minutes) – £7.50pp
Education Group – £5.00pp
Auditorium Only (25 minutes including welcome) – £5.50pp
Half Day Guided Tour (3 hours) – £10.00pp
Explore Saint Patrick’s Country with a local expert starting at the Saint Patrick Centre and exploring the first church in Ireland at Saul, where Patrick died on the 17th March, the Medieval Cathedral of Down, Saint Patrick’s Grave and Down County Museum. This will require use of your coach.