Categories: AutumnWinterInspirationThings To Do

If you’re not sure how to spend a winters day, let us help guide you…

Visit the tranquil setting of the Bangor Castle Walled Garden which for the first year ever is staying open throughout the cooler seasons. This welcome, permanent, change means more opportunity to visit this gem of a location.

After a visit there, why not pop into North Down Museum for a bite to eat in the café and explore the many galleries displaying the history and heritage of the area.

If it’s something more fast paced you are looking for whilst in Bangor, try go kart racing at Eddie Irvine Sports, hone your scooter skills at Thunder Park, or swoop down the slides of the Leisure Waters in Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex –suitable for all -  the young kids and those who are young at heart 😉

Just down the road in Holywood be transported to bygone days at the fabulous Ulster Folk Museum and Ulster Transport Museum.

For the crafty amongst you, create something to take home from Eden Pottery in Millisle.

And for the animal lovers, a visit to The Ark Open Farm in nearby Newtownards and to Northern Irelands only Aquarium, Exploris, Portaferry are on the ‘must’ list.

Or why not blow away the cobwebs and work up an appetite with a walk, exploring the outdoors, here are a few suggestions: 

Island Hill, Newtownards (pictured)
Cairn Wood, Newtownards
Redburn Country Park, Holywood
Crawfordsburn Country Park, Bangor
Killynether Country Park at Scrabo, Newtownards 
Nugent’s Wood, Portaferry

Our eateries, many of them award winning, scattered in our towns and villages, will top you up with warm cups and delightful treats making sure you are fueled for your winter's day out. Find out more about how food is an integral part of Ards and North Down | Taste Ards and North Down

Find out more about our walking spots in the area and for more things to do check out our full list of things to do in Ards and North Down

Plan your day – make one stop, or more – see you soon!

As always, be aware of what current local COVID-19 restrictions are in place and please follow public health guidance. For information visit, nidirect and the Public Health Agency website.

To avoid disappointment, when planning to visit an attraction in the area please continue to check individual provider websites before you leave the house to confirm if they are open, closed or if pre-booking is required.

Crawfordsburn Country Park
Public Park
a photograph of waves hitting the rocks at the shore

With tranquil walks through peaceful meadows and wooded glens and a stunning waterfall, Crawfordsburn Country Park provides a relaxing natural retreat.

Mount Stewart
Image of the front of the Mount Stewart Estate House

Mount Stewart is a stunning estate in the beautiful scenic area of Strangford Lough. The Formal Gardens are ranked as one of the top ten in the world and the within the house there are collections of national and international significance.

Exploris Aquarium
Zoo / Aquarium
a mum, dad and toddler looking at fish in the tank

Enjoy a diver's view of marine life from around the world without getting wet. A sunken galleon, friendly sharks and a snappy crocodile all star in Northern Ireland’s only aquarium and seal rehabilitation centre.

The Ark Open Farm
Nature and Wildlife
Image of the Ark Open Farm's small replica of Noah's Ark with animal statues including giraffe

The Ark Open Farm is a fantastic family day out; the farm itself is set in 40 acres of beautiful countryside between Newtownards and Bangor. It’s home to a huge selection of farm animals and some that are a little more exotic.

Ulster Folk Museum
Visitor Centres & Museums
Photo of a lady and gent dressed in clothing from early 1900's outside of one of the cottages. The lady is standing holding a chicken and the gent is

Step back in time and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Explore thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Ulster Folk Museum.

Ulster Transport Museum
Visitor Centres & Museums
Image of three steam trains within a hanger of the Transport Museum

You’ll find majestic locomotives, horse-drawn carriages, vintage motorbikes, and cars at the Ulster Transport Museum, along with exhibits of historical materials including photographs of the Titanic.

North Down Museum
Visitor Centres & Museums
External building of museum with adjoining Town Hall building in background

Visit North Down Museum to explore the fascinating saga of the North Down area from the Bronze Age to the present day. The Museum takes you on a journey through Early Christian heritage and the Vikings to Scottish Settlers and the Victorians.

Thunder Park
Adventure Sports
Thunder park is an indoor skatepark facility for leisure fun in North Down. Thunder park is the ideal place to visit and experience bmx, Skateboarding

Ireland’s premier action sports skatepark with never before seen ramps and obstacles such as a 60ft wide Half pipe, Soft resi training ramp and huge foam pit. Its an experience like no other.

Eddie Irvine Sports
Photo of Formula 1 race car

Race around an indoor karting track designed by Formula One superstar Eddie Irvine. The perfect venue for corporate entertainment, team building events, Stag/Hen & Birthday Parties.

Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex
Swimming Pool
Image of the leisure waters at Bangor Aurora including play Pirate ship and water slides

North Down has excellent leisure and sports facilities.