Newry City


lur Cinn Tra - The yew at the head of the strand

Newry is a modern thriving City nestling in the valley of the Clanrye between the granite mass of the Mournes and the Carlingford Slieve Gullion massif.

Busy and vibrant, Newry has historical origins and is one of the oldest towns in Ireland with continuous settlement in the area since Early Christian times.

Newry has a long and proud history and traces its origins to St Patrick who reputedly planted a yew tree at the head of the strand, from which the City gets its name.

Newry received its City status in 2002.


Hill Street, Newry Tel: 028 3026 7524
This is undoubtly the most commanding building in the town centre and is arguably the most important work executed by Newry's greatest native architect Thomas Duff. Built in 1829 of local granite to a cost of £8,000, it was the first Catholic Cathedral opened after the granting of Catholic Emancipation. The interior marble work and Mosaics took five years with craftsmen coming from Italy to undertake the work. . The tower and transept were added in 1888 whilst in 1904 the nave was extended.


Bank Parade, Newry Tel: 028 3026 4780
The Town Hall designed by Willian Batt, was constructed in 1893. It was one of the last works of the old Newry town Commissioners whose crest, dated, 1891, can still be seen on the front of the town hall. The style of the building is broadly classical. The most unusual feature about the building is that it is built on a three arched bridge astride the Clanrye River. The style of the Building is broadly classical. The reason was, reputedly, to settle the rivalry between the people of Armagh and Down over in which Country it should be sited.


Located at Bagenal's Castle, Castle Street, Newry BT34 2DA
Tel: 028 3031 3182
Newry & Mourne's diverse collections include material relating to prehistory, Newry's Cistercian foundations, Ulster Gaelic Order and the relationship with the English Crown; the building of a merchant town and the first summit level canal in the British Isles; the working life and folk traditions of rural and mountain areas. You can find the history of the Gap of the North, robes of the order of Saint Patrick and a permanent exhibition on farming, fishing and folklore in the Mournes and South Armagh area.


In 1742 the inland canal to Lough Neagh, the fist summit level canal in the British Isles was completed bringing with it a period of commercial success as Newry traded the produce of a large hinterland. By 1977, Newry ranked as the fourth largest port in Ireland. Follow the way marked way along the Tow Path that runs from Newry to Portadown.


Hill Street, Newry Tel: 028 3026 3004
The origins of the Market in Newry date back to Cistercian times, the first documented mention is in a charter of 1550, which gave Nicholas Bagenal 'the customs and tolls of the market held at Newrie on every Thursday'. The Market was refurbished in 2001 by Newry & Mourne District Council.


Hill Street, Newry Tel: 028 3031 3024
Local seasonal and organic produce plus gourmet foods and crafts. Every Friday with a Bumper Market on the last Friday of every month. Opening times 9.00am - 2.00pm.


Stream Street, Newry Tel: 028 3031 3170
The first Protestant Church to be built after the Reformation in Ireland and commands a panoramic view of the city below. The earliest part of the building was built by Sir Nicholas Bagenal in 1578. The church was almost destroyed in 1641 and was not fully restored until 1866. It is one of the oldest churches in Ireland still used for worship. Dean Jonathan Swift is said to have preached in this church during his visits to Newry. The headstones in the graveyard provide a fascinating insight into the charactersof the 18th & 19th century town.


Newry Tourist Office, Bagenal's Castle, Newry Tel: 028 3031 3170
The heritage trail takes you through the many attractions of the city. The long trail lasts about 1hour 45minutes the short trail approximately 45minutes. Ideally you should spend a day wandering through Newry and visiting the many shops, restaurants and public houses along the way. Pick up the heritage trail at Newry Tourist Information Centre and explore the history and heritage of the ancient town - now a city.