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Rainy Day Things To Do in Visit Mourne

It has been known to rain in these parts from time to time and spills from the sky can happen quite suddenly. That said, while you should always prepare for showers, full length rainy days are rare. You will almost always get the chance to get out and into much of the great outdoors that Visit Mourne has to offer. But if it does decide to pour down for the day, well we have that covered too.

Take cover in Newcastle

Cocos Adventure Playground is a large indoor adventure playground in Newcastle. Kids under fourteen will have a ‘funbelieveable’ time on the selection of slides, rides and assault courses. Sessions last an hour-and-a-half and tickets are very competitively priced, so you’ll have plenty of time to have the craic without breaking the bank.

If the bones and muscles are a wee bit achy why not take a trip to Soak Seaweed Baths and get a soaking you’ll enjoy.  Listen to your favourite tunes as you melt all your troubles away in your own personal steam cabinet, before luxuriating in the amber goodness of the mineral-rich seaweed and hot seawater that make up these special seaweed baths.

Visit Mourne’s rich history and heritage

Those who want to find out more about spiritual purification can visit the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick where they will discover all they need to know about Ireland’s patron saint. The Ego Patricius – The Story of Saint Patrick exhibition explores the legacy of Patrick and tells the saint’s story in his own words. Using a series of interactive displays, the exhibit allows visitors to explore Patrick's influence on early Christian times and the fabulous artwork and metalwork which was produced during the period.

History and heritage continue at the Down County Museum where you will be taken through 9,000 years of the county’s history and you’ll hear more about the museum’s dark past as a county jail. The museum offers some excellent family days, so be sure to check out if there are any special exhibitions, workshops or events on before you go.

If that museum is the kind of thing that floats your boat then be sure to check out the Nautilus Centre overlooking Kilkeel's picturesque fishing port. This is home to the Mourne Maritime Visitor Centre which tells the story of the town’s fishing and maritime heritage, with touch-screen technology.

Helter shelter in fun town Newry

Newry and Mourne Museum at Bagenal’s Castle in Newry offers more tales and history and there is always a warm welcome for families who are keen to find out more about the town itself and some of the local folklore of the Mournes and Ring of Gullion.

For rainy days, the Mourne Archery Centre really hits the spot. Based in a barn in the middle of Maghera, the centre was started in 2009 and today boasts a strong local membership. Sessions run for three hours with a variety of fun games ranging from traditional target shooting to popping balloons.

Sheepbridge Family Entertainment Centre has a lot to offer families of all ages. Young kids can swing to their heart’s content in the Cheeky Monkeys play area with a four-tiered climbing frame and ball pools or get some fun out of the bumper boats and battery-powered go-karts. You can hide in the smoky shadows of the Space Quest Laser Tag arena, a great area for ultimate combat while traditionalists will love the Centre’s ten lane state of the art, glow in the dark bowling alley. When it all gets too much, you can wind down in the Sheepbridge Bar and Restaurant.

Younger kids will have a ball, and crash into hundreds of them, at The Fun House where they can climb and slide and dive and jump to their heart's content while you relax with coffee or take off your shoes and see if you can keep up.

Speedsters should head straight for Formula Karting Newry. With over twenty-five years’ experience the team here knows how to offer families and friends a fun day out... indoors. There are three racing tracks to choose from with varying degrees of difficulty. If you’re not in the mood to drive you can sit back and watch your friends or family go like the clappers.

Why not finish the evening with a movie at the Omniplex Newry? This ten-screen cinema in central Newry is sure to have something that everyone can enjoy with all the latest blockbusters and family movies.

Even when it rains here in Visit Mourne, it pours with great things to see and do.

Cocos Adventure Playground
Indoor Play Area
Cocos Adventure Playground

Large indoor adventure playground. Kids under 14 years will have a funbelieveable time on our large selection of slides, eg Free Fall, Snake Slide, Astra Slide, Assault Courses, Activity Tower, Cable Ride, Ball Pools, sports court and Soft Play Area.

SOAK Seaweed Baths
Spa and Well-being
SOAK Seaweed Baths

Soak offers customers a unique experience, a place to be spoiled or to simply ease the body and soothe the mind. Relax in a silky hot seaweed bath in our award winning bathhouse or Revive with a sensual spa treatment in our bespoke treatment rooms.

The Saint Patrick Centre
Visitor Centres & Museums
The Saint Patrick Centre

The Saint Patrick Centre is the starting point for any visitor who wishes to know more about Ireland’s patron saint. The exhibition Ego Patricius – The Story of St. Patrick, explores Patrick’s legacy, and recalls the saint’s story, in his own words.

Down County Museum
Visitor Centres & Museums
Entrance to Down County Museum, Downpatrick

Down County Museum is located in the old county Gaol of Down. It houses fascinating exhibitions on the history of Down as well as restored cells with life-size figures of prisoners and their gaolers.

Nautilus Centre
Visitor Centres & Museums
Nautilus Centre

The Nautilus Centre overlooks Kilkeel's busy and picturesque fishing port and houses the Mourne Maritime Visitor Centre, Kilkeel Visitor Information Centre, Tracing Your Mourne Roots Exhibition and the Mourne Seafood Cookery School.

Newry and Mourne Museum, Bagenal's Castle
Visitor Centres & Museums
Vistoria Bakery Newry and Mourne Museum, Newry

Bagenal’s Castle located in historic Newry is a 16th century fortified house and adjoining 19th Century warehouse, and has been sympathetically restored to house Newry & Mourne Museum and Newry Visitor Information Centre.

Mourne Archery Centre
Archery
Mourne Archery Centre

Making men merry and maidens fair, The Mourne Archery Centre supplies instruction and training. Wanting to share their passion for the sport with the local community, this family-run company built the centre all the way up from a derelict barn.

Sheepbridge Family Entertainment Centre
Ten Pin Bowling
Sheepbridge Family Entertainment Centre

Bridge bowling is an excellent venue for birthday Parties, corporate and team building events or simply for a great day/night out with family and friends. We offer discount for large youth groups as well as budget packages with food 7 Bowls.

Formula Karting: Indoor Grand Prix Kart Racing
Motor Sports and Karting
Formula Karting: Indoor Grand Prix Kart Racing

Whether you are looking for an unforgettable kart racing experience for all the family, a fun way to spend time with friends or an adrenaline rush like no other, Formula Karting will put you in the hot seat with their 3 indoor tracks.

Newry Omniplex
Theatre / Cinema
Newry Omniplex

Ireland's largest multiplex cinema chain located in The Quays Shopping Centre with 10 screen Cinema, Omniplex MAXX Screen and disabled seating. Showing all the latest films.