Welcome to Downpatrick
Downpatrick (Dún Pádraig) is a town in County Down, 33 km south of Belfast. It is the county town of Down with a rich history and strong connection to Saint Patrick.
Saint Patrick was reputedly buried here in 461 on Cathedral Hill, within the grounds of Down Cathedral. His grave is still a place of pilgrimage on St Patricks Day (17 March each year). The Saint Patrick Visitor Centre in Downpatrick is purpose-built to tell the story of St Patrick.
Within an hour drive of Belfast, the location serves as a commuter town for a large number of people. The town has a number of primary and post-primary schools educating students from all over the east Down area.