Journey our stunning shorelines nestled between the sparkling waters of the Irish Sea and spectacular Strangford Lough, take time out, relax and enjoy the warmest of welcomes in Ards and North Down.

Explore the nooks in the woods to award-winning beaches and country parks, discover our stunning coastline or visit a top-class attraction. Find inspiration to guide you through the attractions you can visit while in the area in our family fun mid-term guide.

If it is a spot of shopping you’re after, you will love our distinctive towns and villages. From wonderful local weekly and monthly markets, exquisite gift shops, galleries and independent stores, you are sure to be spoilt for choice. Then enjoy the finest and freshest local ingredients on menus across the region's artisan food shops, cafes and award-winning restaurants.

When it comes to the perfect place to stay, whether you are looking for a cosy guest house or a unique self-catering option, we have an array of choices.

If you love the great outdoors, choose a caravanning or camping location, or if you are looking for luxury, treat yourself to a hotel stay. From 5* luxury to boutique charm, inns dating back as far as the 17th century, to those with a more modern twist, it’s time to plan your perfect getaway.

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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.

Pickie Fun Park
Adventure Park / Playground
Photo of people enjoying rides on the Giant Swans pedal boats on the blue waters of the man made pond at Pickie Funpark

Pickie Funpark is one of the top ten visitor attractions in Northern Ireland. The park provides a fun day out for all: An 18-hole mini-golf course, giant pedal swans, Pickie Puffer train, children's play area, children's electric car track and more.

Exploris Aquarium & Seal Sanctuary
Zoo / Aquarium
Penguin

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

Scrabo Tower
Nature and Wildlife
Photo of yellow gorse bush and Scrabo Tower peaking up from behind framed by blue sky

Scrabo Country Park is centred at the top of Scrabo Hill near Newtownards and boasts incredible views over Strangford Lough and the surrounding countryside.

Bangor Marina
Adventure Sports
Birds eye view of Bangor Marina

Northern Ireland’s biggest and most prestigious marina is situated in Bangor and is the setting for a variety of major sailing and tourist events each year.