Carols by candlelight


Holywood is famous for its maypole in the centre of town. Its origin is uncertain, but, according to local folklore, it dates from 1700, when a Dutch ship is said to have run aground on the shore nearby, and the crew erected the broken mast to show their appreciation of the assistance offered to them by the townsfolk. The maypole is still used for dancing at the annual May Day fair.

Step back in time in and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. It is Ireland’s most comprehensive heritage museum, including world-class Irish Railway Collection, Road Transport Galleries and interactive Flight Experience. 

Forget Hollywood, Holywood is home to a few internationally famous faces of its own, including Golf Star Rory McIlroy and Actor Jamie Dornan.

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