Public 2023 & January 2024 OPENING TIMES


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:

Somme Museum Public Opening December 2023 & January 2024

Saturday 2nd December
Open:11am to 4pm Last tour 3pm

Wednesday 6th December
Wednesday 13th December
Wednesday 20th December
Open:10am to 4pm Last tour 3pm

Wednesday 17th January 2024
Wednesday 24th January 2024
Wednesday 31st January 2024
Open:10am to 4pm Last tour 3pm

Saturday 20th January 2024
11am to 4pm Last tour 3pm

Prices For Guided Tour
Adult £9.00
Child/Concession £7.00
Family (2A & 3 Ch) £25.00

Somme Museum Christmas in the Trenches

Friday 8th December 5pm-tickets still available.

Saturday 9th December 11.30am & 2.30pm- tickets still available.

Friday 15th December 5pm-tickets still available

Saturday 16th December 11.30am SOLD OUT
2.30pm SOLD OUT

Why not join us in the Somme Museum for Christmas in the Trenches followed by Festive Refreshments.

Adults £12
Children £10

Booking is essential by emailing Carol at:


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 £9.00 per person

Adult Group £9.00 per person

Concession Group £7.00 per person

School £5.00 per pupil, teachers free

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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