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  1. August Events
    What's On in August - within an hour of the bustling city of Belfast, Ards and North Down is a region brimming with creativity, we welcome you to celebrate with us; our maritime heritage, creatives, musicians and food – be entertained and inspired.
  2. Blue graphic with sky, clouds, sun and birds, with words Ards Peninsula Kite Festival, 21st August 11am - 3pm
    Ards Peninsula Kite Festival – A family fun filled day. See the colourful display kites filling the sky. Create your very own kite in our workshop. Food and craft stalls, music and family entertainment including Sand Sculpture and bouncy castle, plan to spend the afternoon in this glorious setting!
    1. 21 Aug 2022
  3. Visitor News
    Read local Tourism good news stories, get up to detail information on what is happening in Ards and North Down.
  4. Dog friendly Northern Ireland

    There's a seaside battle underway in Northern Ireland and there's only going to be one winner - the nation's dog lovers.

  5. Experience Ards and North Down
    Be surprised and awakened with immersive experiences and guided walking tours. Take in the natural beauty of our countryside, encounter water’s edge wonders, charming towns and villages and our delicious food and drink.
  6. Markets
    We are well known for our wonderful local markets which have been a tradition for over 100 years. Dotted amongst our towns and villages, some weekly, some monthly, a foodie lovers haven. Come along and pick up delectable delights to taste and enjoy.
  7. Sustainable Tourism
    The need to be green and sustainable to protect the planet is increasing, across in our personal lives and for businesses. Tourism is no exception with many of our attractions, activity and accommodation providers taking steps to protect the environment and be more sustainable.
  8. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
    With over 100 miles of coastline, many Areas of Special Scientific Interest and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we want to protect this special place and the impact we have on our natural surroundings.
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Delve into rich culture and heritage, explore parks and gardens, discover the coast and feast on fabulous food.

  1. Golf in Ards and North Down
    Ards and North Down is renowned for for it’s most famous home grown player; world golf star Rory McIlroy and and Ireland's oldest golf club, The Royal Belfast. Perfect for your Society break, Ards and North Down have courses for all levels, and plenty to do to make your visit all the more worthwhile.
  2. Explore
    Explore Ards and North Down, our place offers far reaching skies, miles of magnificent coastline, natural beauty, bountiful beaches and inspirational coastal and country walks. Create your perfect escape.
  3. Taste Ards and North Down
    Taste Ards and North Down - a leading food region where culinary innovation thrives. The finest and freshest ingredients are sourced in abundance from our fertile fields and sparkling shores and can be found at our markets, artisan food shops and dishes across the region's award-winning restaurants.
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