NewryCounty Down, in Northern Ireland.
Newry (Iúr Cinn Trá) is a small city in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, close to the border with the Republic of Ireland. Newry serves as the regional hub for southern counties Armagh and Down. Founded as a Cistercian monastery in 1144, Newry remained relatively insignificant until the 18 th Century when its canal – the first summit level canal in the British Isles was constructed.
It is now popular as a shopping destination, particularly with those from the Republic of Ireland – although this can fluctuate depending on the relative strength of the Euro vs the Pound.
A compact city centre surrounded by mixed-type housing developments and outlying villages, Newry has seen increased development up until the financial crisis of the late 2000s, however it is slowly beginning to recover.
By busNewry serves as the regional hub for much of southern counties Armagh and Down. Local bus connections are available to nearby towns and villages such as Crossmaglen, Warrenpoint and Kilkeel.
The Translink 238 Belfast Express serves Newry on an hourly or better basis during peak times. Other services operated by Bus Éireann also serve the town, both from Dublin and smaller settlements in North County Louth.
Private companies, such as Rooney, also run services between Belfast and Newry.
Newry railway stationlies on the main Belfast to Dublin train line. Translink have bus and train timetables for Belfast, NI, and links with Great Britain and the Republic. The station is about a mile outside of the city.
On footNewry is a relatively small city, and can easily be explored on barefoot.
By taxiTaxis are widely available and charge a minimum fee of £4.00 within the city.
By busLocal buses run from early morning until after 6 pm.
Carnbane Football League(August - June) Newry local football league with plenty of Cups.
St. Patrick's Churchaddress: High Streetthe first Church of Ireland chapel.
Newry City Hallbuilt over Newry's Canal
Newry Arts CentreArt, paintings and events.
Albert Basin WalkwayNice walkway, also holds events like circuses. Soon to be Newry's top park.
Bagenal's Castle Museumaddress: Abbey WayMuseum about Newry and various other histories.
John Mitchel Statueaddress: Hill StreetJohn Mitchel was a militant Irish nationalist activist, later an advocate of American slavery and the Confederate rebellion.
Newry canalthe oldest summit level canal in both Ireland and Britain.
Craigmore Viaduct18 arches of span, the highest being , railway bridge, the tallest viaduct in Ireland.
Slieve Gullionextinct volcano with crater lake, highest burial cairn in Ireland, views of 9 counties, with visitor centre at its foot
The Quays also has a 9 screen cinema, showing the latest blockbuster movies. Newry has a 25 metre swimming pool and a sports complex, both of which have seen better days. There are also facilities for playing soccer, bowls, and tennis. Newry also has a number of public parks and is surrounded by beautiful towns, the majestic Mourne Mountains, and spectacular countryside. It also has loads of carry out spots.
After Belfast, Newry is arguably Northern Ireland's second finest location for shopping. The town boasts two shopping centres as well as a modest out-of-town shopping complex.
Finding lunch should not prove a problem, as there are many good sandwich shops located on Hill Street and in The Quays Shopping Centre (people who live in Ireland will know to avoid O'Brien's in the Buttercrane).
Finding somewhere to eat in the evenings can be a challenge. Excellent restaurants (such as the original Soho Place and Tickle) seem to have an abnormally short life-span, thankfully Copper Restaurant has moved from Warrenpoint to Monaghan Street and is THE place for food offering a locally sourced menu and a good vegetarian/vegan menu. Many places offer inexpensive and unremarkable fare, the most prominent being the Canal Court Hotel's bar snacks menu (best described as standard chain-pub food). There are a wide range of Chinese restaurants/takeaways and pizzerias, but remarkably few Indian restaurants. The number of pubs offering food has grown significantly in recent years.
phone: +44 28 3025 1935address: 3 Monaghan St.Serves very special food (both at lunchtime and in the evening) and the atmosphere is something special.
phone: +44 28 3025 2086address: 16 - 17 Newry Bachelors Walkfor good-quality Italian fare.
GroundedGood quality food, good atmosphere, very close to the bus station while you're waiting on a bus. May be full of students during school term.
Just one quick word of warning – food-wise, Newry is a fast-food, take-away paradise. You have been warned.
Larkin’s Barthis is a relatively small bar that has its regular clientele.
BED Night ClubOne out of the two younger night spots the City has. BED like its competitor night club the BANK attracts the young out going party goer.
Crozier'sA well liked bar.
The Bridge BarExcellent bar for the party goer.
The PhoenixCosy bar with nice historic pictures on the wall.
McSwiggan'sHigh crowds on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Nan RicesNan’s as it is sometimes known locally is your more traditional Irish bar. It has its regulars who are very friendly and visitors are made very welcome. It regularly hosts a traditional music night on Fridays and the price of drink is reasonable.
McGuigan’sSports and music bar.
The Railway BarA traditional bar which has its regular characters and customers, all of whom are very friendly and welcoming to all visitors. The bar has a traditional music session held every Thursday night, which attracts musicians from all over Ireland. The music session also attracts many a foreign visitor wishing to immerse themselves in Ireland's musical culture. For anyone visiting Newry on a Thursday night and looking a bit of craic the Railway Bar is the place to be.
phone: +44 28 3026 7922address: 52 Belfast RdFor those looking at the lower end of the scale, often suffices, also may offer Country and Western gigs at the weekend (telephone for details).
phone: +44 28 3025 1234address: Merchants QuayMore popular, not only with class and location. This hotel offers a wide range of facilities, both for guests and conferences
Bed and breakfasts are also in abundance throughout the city and its surrounding rural areas at decent rates.
- The Mourne Mountains
- Dundalk, to the south, across the border in the Republic of Ireland
- Newcastle (Down)