My home City and a great place to visit. Its funny yo never really know how much you like where you live until your away for a while. Any body coming to Ireland I would recommend a short stay or a long stay here in Newry City. Accommodation; there are plenty of B&B's and there are 3 hotels in the the City, Canal Court Hotel..great place a little bit pricey but an excellent choice, one of the best hotels in Ireland. Mourne Country Hotel..On the outskirts about 5 minutes drive from the City centre and a value hotel along the lines of premier inns and stuff like that. Francis Court Hotel..small hotel situated above the Relic nightclub, at weekends this is primarily used by revellers. If staying in the City isint what you are looking there are hotels and B&B's a plenty in the Newry and Mourne area. Eating and drinking. Newry has a lot of pubs that serve up great food and a good pint, from Bellini's and The Bank to the Quayside all these are great places to eat and drink. If its a pint and and some craic you are looking for McGiugans, McSwiggans and McCoy's are just a few traditional pubs in the City. If its just food you want there is an abundance in our City, we have some of the big chains but fast food in Newry is dominated by two places, La Dolce Vita and Friar Tucks. For a healthy meal at a restaurant there are a dew nice ones in Newry, Sappori, Indian Spice, Bamboo we really have something for everyone. Shopping..There are lots of places to shop in Newry but the two mainstays are the Quays and Buttercrane shopping centres, with over 120 stores between them they have shoppers from all over Ireland flocking here and with the fantastic Euro rates on offer it is a great place for the southern bargain hunter. There is also a lot to do in Newry, in the City itself we have a 10 screen cinema, a fantastic Cathedral and Bagnals castle and museum to visit. For those interested in Irish history you can visit Narrow Water castle. If you are sporting our county side Down play in a 24000 capacity stadium at Greenbank, matches are regular during the summer and prices are around £15, double check downgaa.com for fixtures, the soccer club are Newry City and the place in a 7000 capacity stadium just beside the Down pitch again check www.newrycityfc.com for fixtures. There is an abundance of golf in Newry, from the pitch and putt at Clouguhe to Warrenpoint golf course you are spoilt for choice. There are also tennis courts on the Warrenpoint road which are fully floodlit. The choices in Newry are amazing and to think I haven't mentioned the sprawling Mourne Mountains yet.They are amazing and can be a great camping trip in its self. Give us a visit we a re welcoming and hospitable and look forward to sharing a pint of Guinness with you.
I have lived in Newry since 1993 after moving from Dundalk in the Irish Republic which is only 12 miles away .It is a town with approximately 25000 people. In the last few years Newry has gone from strength and is now regarded as being one of the most progressive towns in Northern Ireland.The range of shops is such,That now,It is not worth while going to the City of Belfast as everything needed is on the doorstep.On top of all the main high street shops elsewhere there are some large stores like tkmaxx and roches stores which offer a large selection of goods usually found off the beaten path. I have always found the people of Newry and its environs as friendly curteous and willing to help any and everybody .As a Result I now regard it as my home and have made some very good friends. One of the benefits of living in Newry is its close proximity to the border and you can avail of the best both sides have to offer whether is is cheaper fuel in the South or cheaper Drink in the north .As a result of the changeover from the Irish currency ,The Punt,to the Euro It can be difficult whilst shopping but most shops will take the Euro and you can be assured that you wont be ripped off. The town itself has been in existance since the 1100s and has a substancial history attached to it.There are numerous castles and places of local lore to visit and even has its own "magic hill" where you can park your car,let off the handbrake and the car seems to move uphill.Of course this is easily explained(if you are "in the know" as they say here)but then again maybe fairies may be at work. The town is situated at the head of Carlingford lough which is split down the middle between the British and Irish Goverments years ago after Ireland became a republic.Ireland is described as looking like a Teddy bear in shape so look to see if his shirt is dirty at the small of his neck and theres where Newry lies. In the town accomadation for travellers h as increased considerably due to the the fact that Newry has finally realised what it has to offer in the way of scenery,location and history.New Hotels have been built recently and numerous pubs have started to offer food on a daily basis.As a result you wiil not go hungry and if you decide to fall out of the pub its not too far to where you are staying.As prices are relatively cheap ( to compete with the South of Ireland) a dinner will cost between £3.50 and £7.00 .The best places I found to eat out in Newry are Keenans Pub,The Quayside and Bennies which is in the middle of the town.The decor in bennies is not the best but the food is cheap and the place is clean .Keenans and the Quayside may be a bit dearer but the food is fantastic and well presented.In saying that the "Rose Garden" (a chinese restaurant) does a three course meal at dinner time for a fiver and was recently recommended in the "Sunday World",a national paper for its value and service. Nightlife in Newry is limited as the main nightclub is "the Relic" but for a few pounds(in a Taxi) you can have your choice of five nightclubs within seven miles.The most famous locally is "the Marine" in Warrenpiont which charges a £1 a pint and has done for the last two years and there is no chance ,seemingly,of this offer being withdrawn .If you need a Taxi home remember to book it before you go out as demand exceeds service.Oh by the way after 2am be prepared to walk,walk,stagger,fall your way home as taxis are scarce. All in all its a nice town but has its problems like every other town . Ps by the way if you go to an outlying town its a long way to stagger,fall,walk,walk,stagger,fall if you dont book a taxi.Believe me, I know.