Newry Tourist Information Travel Guide

Newry Tourist Information Travel Guide



I would like to​ take this opportunity to​ welcome you​ to​ Newry,​ one of​ Northern Ireland’s oldest towns.

Newry lies in​ the​ most south-eastern part of​ Northern Ireland,​ in​ the​ north-south corridor between Belfast and Dublin. as​ such it​ has developed into one of​ the​ most popular shopping towns in​ Ireland. Cross border trade has increased,​ which has meant both the​ Quays and the​ Buttercrane enjoying high footfall in​ their stores.

Newry’s recent past has seen it​ being conferred with city status in​ 2002. One of​ two cities in​ Northern Ireland bestowed with this honour by the​ Queen,​ the​ other being Lisburn.

Newry history shows that it​ was founded in​ 1144 alongside a​ Cistercian Monastery. it​ was destroyed by fire in​ 1689 by the​ forces of​ King James II during the​ Williamite war. the​ city was rebuilt afterwards and became a​ busy trading town. By 1742 its port became the​ busiest in​ Ulster and as​ result its canal opened making it​ the​ first major canal in​ Britain,​ it​ ran for 18 miles to​ Lough Neagh.

Newry is​ also the​ home of​ Ireland’s highest viaduct,​ Craighmore Viaduct which lies to​ the​ North of​ the​ city and consists of​ 18 arches; it​ was designed by Sir John O Neill and opened in​ 1852.

The city has strong links to​ St Patrick,​ the​ English interpretation of​ the​ name comes from the​ Irish (Lur Chinn Tra) which means the​ yew at​ the​ head of​ the​ strand,​ which St Patrick is​ said to​ have planted in​ the​ 5th Century.

Ireland’s first protestant church is​ also in​ the​ city and bears St Patrick’s name. it​ first opened its doors in​ 1578. Newry’s other main Cathedral is​ St Patrick’s and St Colman’s which was built in​ 1829,​ it​ was designed by architect Thomas Duff.

Newry offers some of​ the​ finest scenery in​ Northern Ireland,​ with the​ Ring of​ Gullion to​ the​ south-west and the​ Mourne Mountains to​ the​ east. Both have been designated as​ areas of​ outstanding natural beauty. the​ river Clanrye runs through the​ city and historically formed the​ border between Armagh and Down. the​ city’s Town Hall was built on​ top of​ the​ river.

Newry can boast some famous sons with Pat Jennings,​ former goalkeeper and Northern Ireland’s most capped player born in​ the​ city. Mountaineer Terence “Banjo” Bannon is​ from the​ city,​ as​ is​ John Dunlop,​ prominent Presbyterian churchman. John Mitchell,​ the​ driving force behind the​ Young Ireland Movement is​ buried in​ the​ Old Meeting House in​ the​ city.

Newry has a​ population which has grown steadily and in​ a​ census carried out in​ 2001 its population numbered 27433 people. Newry house prices have also increased dramatically by 371% since 1996,​ topping a​ poll for the​ whole of​ the​ United Kingdom.

Sport plays a​ major part in​ the​ fabric of​ the​ city with Pairc Esler being the​ home of​ Down GAA. the​ city also boasts a​ soccer club which play at​ the​ Showgrounds in​ the​ city. There are a​ wide range of​ activities available in​ the​ city,​ with a​ museum,​ arts centre and a​ number of​ art galleries available.

Accommodation in​ the​ city can be found in​ the​ magnificent surroundings of​ the​ Canal Court Hotel. Centrally located,​ the​ hotel offers a​ superb base while staying in​ the​ city.

As you​ can see Newry has a​ varied history and a​ lot to​ offer for those tourists looking a​ short break away from it​ all. So come and stay in​ Newry and experiences all the​ city has to​ offer.




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