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June 2018

Footsteps in Down


Down County Museum, English Street, Downpatrick


Friday, 15 June, 2018


14:30 to 16:30


£10.00  (Convert)

Including a souvenir

About the Event

Meeting just beneath Down Cathedral we proceed to the burial place of Ireland's Patron Saints Patrick, Brigid, and Columba. Here you are regaled with the story of this sacred place in the shadow of the historic Down Cathedral. From here we proceed to the Mound of Down, one of the largest earthworks in Western Europe.

This was the home of Celtair one of the most powerful soldiers in the Red Branch Knights. His successors the Dál Fiatach would later hold this place and keep the Viking raiders at bay. One night in January 1177 a surprise attack was mounted on the fort by John de Courcy and his 300 soldiers.

Returning to the town, eighteenth century crime and punishment is the next topic as we climb to the top of Gallows Hill. This former place of public execution offers excellent views of the town. It is located on the ancient pilgrims path to Struell Wells.

The Souvenir

At the end of the walk you can take away a unique souvenir of your walk in Downpatrick. This is a drawing of how the town looked in 1733 based on the maps of the old Southwell estate.

This tour is part of the DownTime Festival.

What to Bring

Sensible walking shoes

Clothing for inclement weather

Contact and Booking

Tickets can be purchased via PayPal using the link below or you can contact Duane on +44(0)78 3544 1933 or

For more information about Footsteps in Down, click here.

Contact Us
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Walk the Lecale Peninsula

9 Crossmore Road, Ardglass, Downpatrick
+44(0)78 3544 1933

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