Newry is a small city in Northern Ireland located at an entry point to the famous Moyry Pass. One of the oldest cities in Ireland, it is populated by just under 30,000 people. Popular tourist attractions in Newry include Bagenal’s Castle, Newry and Mourne Museum (showcasing the origins of the town) and National Trust property - Derrymore House.
Cheap flights to Newry are now available for a limited period of time, so prepare to discover this charming Irish city’s unique culture and history! Newry is served by the Belfast International Airport (BFS) which is an hour away from Newry. BFS serves airlines that include Aer Lingus and British Airways. There are no direct flights from South Africa to Newry, but connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Newry is approximately 14 hours and 10 minutes.
Popular flights to Newry
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Newry
The magnificently beautiful Mourne Mountain range is a must-see. Located just an hour away from Newry, it is the perfect spot for hikes up lush green trails and enjoying the fresh Northern Ireland air.
Celebrations and Festivals
Newry hosts ancient, traditional celebrations and festivals to attend for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or delight in the sounds of the Blues on the Bay Festival.
Founded in 1144, Newry has many ancient structures to explore, such as the Catholic Cathedral of SS. Patrick and Colman. Stroll through the corridors and admire its beauty while learning about its tumultuous history.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
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Belfast International Airport (BFS)
Best time to visit Newry
The best time to visit Newry is between the months of May and September because the pleasant summer temperatures make it the perfect time to explore this ancient town. While there, find out about the various and exciting festivals to attend in Newry and the surrounding towns. This, along with November and December, are the peak tourist months in Newry so prepare to pay a little bit extra for flight and train tickets and accommodation.
Between the months of January and April, and during October, it is low season in Newry. Due to the cold temperatures between January and April, and October being off-peak season, prices are lower and the city is emptier. If you are looking to save a bit of money on your Northern Ireland holiday, this is a great time to go. If you are there on March 17, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at a local pub or have fun at the Sticky Fingers Arts for Young Children Festival in October.
Weather & Climate in Newry
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Newry is a small city in Northern Ireland located at an entry point to the famous Moyry Pass. One of the oldest cities in Ireland, it boasts a multitude of buildings and popular tourist sites to visit that include Bagenal’s Castle, Newry and Mourne Museum (showcasing the origins of the town) and the famous National Trust property, Derrymore House.
Newry is filled with the magical charm of unique Irish culture and history. Celebrate with the locals on St. Patricks Day, rub shoulders with the cool and creative Jazz and Blues artists performing at the Blues on the Bay festival during the last weekend in May or take part in the various activities during the Mourne International Walking Festival in June.
As one of the major shopping hubs in Northern Ireland, Newry is home to two stunning shopping centres, namely The Quays and The Buttercrane. Spend some time on retail therapy at the various boutiques, fashion outlets and gift stores or relax and have a meal or a drink in the entertainment areas of the establishments.
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South African passport do require a UK visa to enter Newry and the rest of Northern Ireland. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond date of return and has at least two blank pages available for stamps. For further information the UK Embassy in South Africa is located at the following address: 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
Tel: (012) 421 7500
Make sure your routine vaccines that include the MMR vaccine, DPT, Chickenpox, Polio and yearly flu shots are updated before travel. As an additional precaution you should get vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B and Rabies, as you may be exposed to infected stray dogs and other mammals while on holiday.
Newry is a fairly safe city to visit, however, you should still practice normal safety precautions such as keeping your valuables and important documentation safe. The bus and train stations do not have secure luggage facilities, so be sure to keep your belongings close when travelling.