Newry is a city of two counties: its west half of Newry is situated in ambient County Armagh and its eastern half lies in timeless County Down. United by the 19th century town hall that traverses a bridge crossing the river Clanrye, the historic divide between the two counties, this Northern Irish city is one of the country’s fastest growing tourist destinations.
It may be one of Ireland’s oldest cities, but Newry blends a fascinating past with contemporary modern attractions. It is home to a premium shopping district, quirky cafes and trendy bars. There are some truly fine restaurants dotting the banks of Newry Canal and architecture lovers can feast their eyes on 1,000 years of historical buildings throughout the town. Newrypromises you an unforgettable visit.
The Finest Shops in Northern IrelandWith two premium commercial shopping centres, as well as local independent traders along the shore of the canal, there’s something for every shopper. Visit the Buttercrane Centre and The Quays, Newry’s two large retail and leisure complexes, and you’ll be in good company as these draw crowds from all over Ireland. Why not check out Newry’s boutique shops and variety market too? They offer the freshest local produce and unique handcrafted goods.
Why Not Dine Out in Newry?From French bistros to Chinese takeaways, why not try one of its delectable eateries? Peppering the cobbled streets alongside the river and canal, Newry’s central district has a surprisingly continental feel. There are a great number of gastro pubs in the area too, serving locally reared lamb and other delicacies to delight any diner.
Marvel at Newry’s ArchitectureWith 1,000 years of history there’s an eclectic mix of architecture to be found, from modern accomplishments – such the Newry’s contemporary Train Station – to Georgian townhouses in the centre. Why not visit Newbury’s 12th century Cistercian Abbey? If nothing else, the city’s architecture is remarkable purely for its diversity. It’s rare to find somewhere with so much of its early archaeological heritage intact.
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in NewryNo trip to the Emerald Isle would be complete without a jaunt in the country. Newry is close to two designated areas of outstanding natural beauty. The Mourne Mountain range in County Down is one of the largest granite mountain ranges in Ireland, with a multiplicity of activities and wildlife. You could also visit the Ring of Gullion, in County Armargh that is host to the Slieve Gullion natural forest, and dates back to the pre-Christian era.
Take a Break on the BeachAn amble along Warrenpoint Beach, south of Newry on the edge of Carlingford Lough, makes for a great family day out. You will find stunning panoramic views of the nearby countryside and for the more adventurous beach goer, it also offers a number of leisure activities such as jet skiing or kayaking.
Book a trip to Newry todayWith so much on offer, Newry makes for the ideal blend of country and city. Why not book a trip today with Expedia?