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Newry

The grapevine is buzzing with word of one of Northern Ireland’s newest cities
County Down
Historic landmarks
1hr from Belfast International Airport

Newry Town Hall, County Down

Incredible past... exciting future

Known as the Gateway to the North, Newry sits snugly amidst the natural splendour of the Mourne Mountains and the Ring of Gullion. It's at the very heart of the Home of St Patrick, on the borders of Game of Thrones® Territory, and just a short trip away from the fairytale landscapes of Ireland’s Ancient East.

A heady mix of retro and modern gives this city a distinct edge, and Newry has firmly established itself as shopping heaven with locals on the island of Ireland. One of Northern Ireland’s newest city it may be, but the past makes up an integral part of Newry’s modern-day character. And there’s a lot of "past" on offer – after all, human settlement here dates back to 4,000BC.

Newry, County Down

L-R: Newry and Mourne Museum, Bagenal's Castle; Round tower on the banks of the Newry River; Kilbroney Forest Park; Newry Town Hall

In the 19th century, Newry was a bustling trading port, a place of merchants, markets and noisy city quays. A link to the city’s industrious beginnings can be seen in its place names: Buttercrane Quay, Canal Boat Street and Custom House Quay. A flourish of rejuvenation means many historically significant buildings are intact once more, each with a little tale of their own.

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Newry County Down

Shop 'til you drop

If there’s one thing that Newry city can do like nowhere else, it’s shopping. Shopping centers such as The Quays and The Buttercrane house all the major stores and eateries you could wish for. But a jaunt out from the center into the smaller shops comes with its own rewards, too, with niche retailers offering something unique.

At Jack Murphy Jewellers, Gemma Murphy says the key to Newry’s success is its reputation for traditional family-run businesses. “Newry is known for the quality of its customer service,” she notes. “And that spreads through word-of-mouth all over Ireland and much further afield.”

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Kilbroney Forest Park, County Down

Beyond the city

When you’re all shopped out, Newry is the perfect base to explore some of Northern Ireland’s most iconic sites, such as the Mourne Mountains and the Gullion Way, the magnificent city of Belfast and tranquil Carlingford Lough. And just out from the city, the peace and serenity of Kilbroney Forest Walk is a refreshing change of scenery to the fast-paced thrum of Newry.

Shopping AND serenity? Newry, we salute you.

Newry highlights

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Newry and Mourne Museum, Bagenal's Castle

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Newry Cathedral of St. Patrick and St. Colman

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Craigmore Viaduct

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Scarva Cycle Hire

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Narrow Water Castle Self Catering Accommodation

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Kilbroney Park

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Killeavy Castle Estate

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Game of Thrones® Tour – Archery Experience at Winterfell Castle

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