A multi-purpose venue that hosts cultural, educational and heritage events and exhibitions

PORTICO is housed in a recently restored grade A listed building modelled on the Greek Temple of Nemesis and situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Find out about our fascinating archaeological heritage in the Neolithic settlements, Norman forts and industrial architecture all around us. This permanent exhibition includes a timeline marking our local connections with every period in history starting with the Ice Ages and the formation of Strangford Lough.

Using timeline displays and digital content, local experts tell us how the people before us lived – throughout the centuries. Artefacts on display range from ancient Mesolithic Carrowkeel pottery and Neolithic decorated stone from Millin Bay Cairn to objects from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries showing local crafts and industries.

PORTICO is a multi-purpose venue for everyone to use. It hosts cultural, educational and heritage events and activities to include film shows, concerts, exhibitions, literary events, talks and much more. The Meeting Room and Auditorium can be hired for public events such as concerts or conferences or privately for weddings, funerals or family events.

PORTICO’s organ is based on the Evans and Barr two manual instrument installed in 1917. At the age of 98 it was completely rebuilt and extended by the Wells Kennedy Partnership. This rebuild included a new case designed by Bill Maxwell and a new console both built by Renatus of Devon.

Admission is free during scheduled opening hours but visitors are encouraged to support PORTICO’s work in conserving local heritage and promoting the arts by making a donation of £5 per head.

Opening Times

  • April-September daily from 11am-4pm (except Mondays when Portico is closed).
  • Rest of year open by appointment.


  • Admission is free during scheduled opening hours (Donations welcomed)

Contact Details

  • Address Steel Dickson Avenue Portaferry Co Down BT22 1LE
  • Telephone 028 4272 8808
  • Email PORTICO
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