The Somme Museum was built on the site where the solders of the 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division were trained after the outbreak of war within the grounds of the Clandeboye Estate.

Museum 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 contacting the Museum on 02891823202. Each tour lasts approximately one hour and the last tour takes place an hour before closing time. (Check opening times)

Prices For Guided Tour
Adult £8.50 Child/Concession £6.00
Family (2A & 3 Ch) £25.00
Family (1A & 3Ch) £20.00
Group Rate (20+) £6.00 Out of hours group £8.50
School (20+) £4.50

If you don't want to visit the trenches then for just £3 per person, visitors can look at the temporary exhibitions at their own leisure. (Exhibitions included in the price of the GUIDED TOUR)

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, FAX: (0044) 028 9182 3214, 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, there is overflow parking also. This facility is disabled person friendly, there is a small shop selling souvenirs and historical books, toilets, 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.

Temporary Exhibitions - There are three new exhibitions on display at present and if you don't want to go on the guided tour for £3 per person you can visit the Museum's exhibitions only: '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. Telephone 02891823202 or email to book in advance.

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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