We flew our drone over Downpatrick town and captured a couple of aerial 360° photographs. Look out for the marker points in the aerial virtual tours, some of which will allow you to jump from the sky down into some of the various visitor attractions found in the town.
The museum is located in the historic buildings of the 18th-century County Gaol of Down. The old Gaol of Downpatrick was was opened in 1796 and until its closure in 1830 housed many thousands of prisoners.
The prison complex covers one acre and contains three main structures. These comprise a cell block to the rear, a central Governor’s Residence and two gatehouses flanking the main entrance, all set within a high perimeter wall.
County Tyrone in Northern Ireland is peppered with thousands of archaeological sites. The most impressive are the Bronze Age Beaghmore Stone Circles and cairns, approx. 10 miles north west of Cookstown, in the southeast of the Sperrin Mountains.
Benburb Castle is a fortified bawn built by Sir Richard Wingfield during the Plantation in 1611 on a limestone cliff overlooking the River Blackwater, the border between County Tyrone and County Armagh.
St Nicholas’ Church was established on this site in 1182 by John de Courcy, an Anglo-Norman knight who arrived in Ireland in 1176 and who was responsible for building the impressive Carrickfergus Castle. Symbolism and history are interwoven in the church’s fabric. There are many impressive stained glass windows whose unique style and colouring makes this church a constant focus for visitors.
Narrow Water Castle is a famous 16th-century tower house and bawn near Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland. There has been a keep on this site since 1212. It was a strategic spot and was originally built by Hugh de Lacy (first Earl of Ulster) as part of the area’s Norman fortifications to prevent attacks on Newry via the river.
Blink and you would miss this visitor attraction in County Tyrone. The substantial remains of Castle Caulfield were built by Sir Toby Caulfield between 1611 and 1619 on the site of an earlier O’Donnelly Castle.
The Light Ship Petrel was built in 1915 by the Dublin Dockyard Co for the Commissioners of Irish Lights and is the only lightship still afloat in Ireland. A crucial element of lightship design is the mounting of a light on a sufficiently tall mast.
St. Patrick is said to have presided over the church of Clogher. According to tradition a monastery and diocese were founded in Clogher circa 490 by St. Macartan on the orders of St. Patrick. The present building was erected on the site in 1744.
Kinbane is one of the many Castles of Ireland and is a magical and haunting location where you can almost feel the past. It is set in a very dramatic location and built on a small rock promontory called Kinbane Head extending out into the sea. The path to it is narrow and stepped.