The Somme Museum was built on the site where the soldiers of the 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division trained after the outbreak of war.

The Somme Museum will be open to the public on:

Opening May & April 2024
Wednesday 1st May
Wednesday 8th May
Wednesday 15th May
Wednesday 22nd May
Wednesday 29th May
10am to 4pm- Tours on the hour, last tour 3pm

Saturday 18th May
Saturday 25th May
11am to 4pm- Tours on the hour, last tour 3pm

Wednesday 5th June
Wednesday 12th June
Wednesday 19th June
Wednesday 26th June
10am to 4pm- Tours on the hour, last tour 3pm

Saturday 8th June
Saturday 22nd June
11am to 4pm- Tours on the hour, last tour 3pm

Group bookings for other dates can be made by emailing

Prices For Guided Tour
Adult £11.00
Child/Seniors 65+ £9.00
Family (2A & 3 Ch) £35.00


Card payments if possible.

For 2024 daytime or evening group/educational bookings or for further information email the Museum at

Group/school Guided Tours - visit the reconstructed First World War trenches

If you want to see and hear what life was like for a soldier in the First World War then step back in time on our GUIDED TOUR of the Somme Museum with expert guides. Group tours are available and can be booked in advance by emailing the Museum at

For groups each tour lasts approximately one hour and there will also be time to discover the other exhibitions in the museum.

Educational programme for primary and post primary schools includes a guided tour and a hands on session. Staff have received autism awareness training.

Prices for group Guided Tour

Group Rate Out of hours £12.00 per person (ALL AGES) for Groups of 20 or more. Maximum time 2 hrs. Must be paid 2 weeks in advance of visit.

Adult Group £11.00 per person NORMAL HOURS 10am-4pm

Seniors 65+ & Accessible £9.00 per person

Children £9.00

School £6.50 per pupil, teachers free

Family 1 Adult & up to 3 children £32.00

Family 2 Adult & 3 Children £35.00

Corporate events can also be arranged by contacting the Museum.

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Location: 233 Bangor Road, Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland, BT23 7PH.

Contact details: Tel: (0044) 028 9182 3202, email

Directions: Conveniently located off the A21 Bangor to Newtownards Road between Conlig and Newtownards, follow the brown information signage. Latitude: 54.6100114 Longitude : 5.68195

Facilities: There is onsite parking for thirty cars and several bus and coaches, with overflow parking available. This facility is disabled person friendly with fully accessible toilets.

There is a lecture hall and lecture theatre which can be hired.

The Trenches - These can be visited by going on the GUIDED TOUR of the Museum which are every hour. See special opening.

Temporary Exhibitions - There are three exhibitions on display at present: 'Women and the First World War', 'D DAY Voices', 'None That Go Return Again- The Armistice & The Aftermath'.

Café: The Museum café is closed at present but can cater for groups by prior arrangement. Email

Facilities Available

The Museum is fully accessible and can adjust the guided tour to suit all abilities and learning needs. Special hands on tours, with prior arrangement, are also available for visually impaired visitors. The Museum’s interactive tour can accommodate those with poor mobility and a wheelchair is available on request. The Museum has a hearing loop at reception and a portable hearing loop for the guided tour is also available for those with hearing difficulties.

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