New Newry walking tour

Newry Town Hall
Newry Town Hall. Photo: Eric Jones/CC BY-SA 2.0

The Northern Ireland city of Newry has a new guided walking tour to explore the city’s history and culture.

Newry, situated around 5km north of the border with Ireland, straddles the Newry River and sits in the counties of Armagh and Down.  

The Story of Newry walking tour offers locals and visitors the opportunity to find out more about the historic city.  The tour was developed in partnership with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Tourism NI and Newry Business Improvement District (BID) to boost tourism within the city.

Led by local guide Sinead Rice McAleavey, the walking tour takes visitors on a journey through time, exploring the landmarks to uncover the stories that shaped its past and present. 

She said: “I believe that the Story of Newry Walking Tour has the potential to become a must-see attraction for locals and visitors to Newry. I am excited to share the stories of our city with visitors from around the world and to help them discover its unique and fascinating history and culture.”

The tour is also designed to be immersive and interactive, and visitors are encouraged to ask questions, and to share their own knowledge. 

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council chairperson, Councillor Valerie Harte said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Tourism NI and Newry BID to launch the Story of Newry walking tour, which we hope will inspire visitors to explore the City and its history.

“Newry is a city with a rich and varied past and we believe that by sharing its stories, we can help visitors to understand and appreciate this unique and special place.”

The tour covers a variety of landmarks and historical sites, including the Newry Cathedral, the 18th-century Newry Canal, and the Newry Market. Visitors will also learn about the city’s role in the shipping industry.

The city is also an ideal base for walking holidays, as it is situated between the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Eamonn Connolly from Newry BID said: “We are delighted to partner with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Sinead Rice McAleavy to deliver a walking tour which adds to the range of experiences in Newry, showcasing its past and it’s present.”

The Story of Newry walking tour is available on Wednesday and Saturday at 11 a.m. from June to September, starting at the Newry Town Hall.  Tours can be booked online.  People can also turn up on the day, however a place is subject to availability, as the tours can accommodate between six and 20 people.

The cost is £10 per person.

Photo: Eric Jones / Newry Townhall / CC BY-SA 2.0