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Denvir's Coaching Inn

14-16 English Street, Downpatrick, Co. Down, BT30 6AB
Denvir's Coaching Inn


Established in 1642, Denvir's is steeped in history and is the perfect setting for a relaxing break.

Offering old world charm in the heart of Downpatrick, Denvir's has a long tradition of sheltering travellers and will endeavour to ensure that your overnight stay and meal will be a memorable one.

Denvir’s is the oldest surviving Coaching Inn in Ireland and is now a grade ‘A’ listed building. The building itself has been extensively and sympathetically renovated while retaining its original character. 

History of Denvir's

Established in 1642 by John and Ann McGreevy, Denvir's was the first Inn in Downpatrick. John had been a soldier in the army of Charles 1 and accepted the land as payment for his services. The premises are steeped in history some examples of which are as follows.

In local tradition Denvir's is said to have the privilege that in the recess on the frontage to English Street, a debtor could not be arrested for so long as he chose to remain. This is thought to have resulted from the right of sanctuary transferring from the Cathedral when it was in ruins. However, present day defaulters might be unwise to rely on the protection of this tradition!

Mrs Delaney, the diarist, a friend of Dr. Johnston and other literary notables of the 18th century was a frequent visitor to Denvir's. Married to the Dean of Down, they, and their guests required to be fortified by massive breakfasts, and even larger dinners before and after service. Her diaries provide a great insight into life at the time.

The association with the name Denvir stretches back to the late 18th century. A local family of Norman extraction probably d'Anver originally. One member of this family, in the middle of the 19th century, after service in the American Army, headed the ordnance survey of the Rocky Mountains and gave his name to the town of Denver, Colorado.

The Inn is mentioned in broadsheets dealing with a famous election in County Down in 1805, when Castlereagh was defeated by a coalition of local gentry supporting Mr. Arthur Meade, the nominee of the Earl of Downshire. At that time, tenants with the vote were required to do so openly under the eyes of their landlord and there was much corruption. For it's role in this process, the headquarters of Mr. Meade, the Inn was described by a disgruntled opponent as "Denvir's Hot Hell".

During his repeal campaign, Daniel O'Connell visited Downpatrick and was feasted at Denvir's. After he addressed the crowds from the upstairs window of the drawing room.



  • Toilets for disabled visitors


  • Bar
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Cooking / bbq facilities for guests use
  • Licensed
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve evening meal
  • Serve lunch

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's Menu Available
  • Cot & Highchair Available

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Beer garden
  • Cater for Corporate events
  • Chef
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Gift vouchers
  • Groups accepted
  • Groups catered for
  • Live music
  • Pre/post theatre menu
  • Real log/coal fires
  • Regular evening entertainment

Leisure Facilities

  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • Euros accepted
  • Short breaks available
  • Weekend breaks

Provider Preferences

  • Family Room on request
  • In town/city centre
  • Inn
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Unique venue
  • Village Location

Room / Unit Features

  • Ground floor bedrooms available
  • Hairdryer Available
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • TV In Bedrooms

Specialist Features

  • Activity breaks
  • Aim to attract conferences and business meetings
  • Disabled access rooms

Special Offers

  • St Patrick’s 1 Night Golf Package

    In association with St. Patrick’s Golf Course, Denvir’s Downpatrick are pleased to offer our guests an overnight stay that includes one round of golf at St. Patrick’s Golf Course

    Offer Includes

    one round of golf on Saint Patrick’s Golf Course, Downpatrick. Overnight stay and a full Irish Breakfast
    £100.00 per person (based on two people sharing)


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    Golf Stay & Play - redeem this special offer between 15/05/2024 and 30/09/2024

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  •  2 Night Stay & Heart Of Down Golf Pass

    Join us for a two night stay at Denvir’s Downpatrick and enjoy a cooked breakfast each morning before exploring the picturesque golf courses of County Down with our golfing getaway package, featuring three rounds of golf as part of the ‘Heart of Down’ golf pass.

    Enjoy the special opportunity to play three rounds of golf at your choice of the following renowned clubs:

    Ardglass Golf Club

    St. Patrick’s Golf Club

    Kilkeel Golf Club

    Spa Golf Club

    Warrenpoint Golf Club



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  • 1 Night Family Dining Getaway

    Bring your whole family to stay at one of the new family apartments at Denvir’s Coaching Inn Downpatrick this summer. Enjoy a one night stay in one of our apartments for a family of up to 2 adults and 2 children (a cot or additional sofa bed is available on request). We have designed the apartments to be perfect for families - with two separate bedrooms, a kitchen and living area. We can also supply a high chair and travel cot for the tiny ones.

    The grown ups will enjoy a delicious 3-course meal cooked by our talented chefs is included on one evening and kids will eat free.

    Breakfast included on one morning

    £220 (based on 2 adults & 2 children sharing)

    Promo Code: FAMILY

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  • Midweek dining getaway for two

    Enjoy a relaxing midweek escape for two this summer at Denvir’s Coaching Inn Downpatrick. Our Midweek Escape package includes one overnight stay and a delicious 3-course meal cooked by our talented chefs. You will also wake up to a fabulous traditional Irish breakfast (or continental option if preferred) the following morning.

    Promo Code: Midweek

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