Find out more about our programme of guided tours, creative and wellbeing experiences

Ours is a place to discover

Embrace the heritage of this place, delve into the history and culture as you discover the stories, be inspired by folklore and indulge yourself in the beauty of Ards and North Down.

Explore the region by boat, on foot or by coach as our qualified guides and local experts will welcome, intrigue and entertain you with their local knowledge as they guide you on your chosen tour or experience.

From an historical walk, a relaxing coach trip or take to the water by boat on Belfast Lough or Strangford Lough, you will gain unique insights into heritage sites and beautiful stately homes and gardens that resound with historical significance.

Nature trails, hunting for mini beasts and sea creatures and discovering the wildlife that make their home in the area, are some of the tour’s children can go on to learn about the world around them.

There is something for everyone, even our four-legged friends!

New for 2020 check out our immersive experiences which showcase the uniqueness of our land and water.

For further information, or for a copy of the booklet when it is released [release date unknown due to Covid-19], contact either of our Visitor Information Centres on 028 9127 0069 or 028 9182 6846.

2020 Programme

Look out for the imminent Experience AND booklet [release date unknown due to Covid-19] detailing tours, immersive days out, and itineraries that will help you make the most of your stay in the area.

Programme of tours that run through from July to January 2021.

For a preview of what this years programme offers, including NEW tours, have a look at each month:

Guided tours: July

Guided tours: August

Guided tours: September

Guided tours: October

Guided tours: November

Guided tours: January 2021

*NEW* Immersive experiences

This year we have introduced new immersive experiences to make your visit one to remember. Experience fascinating places and our warm welcome like never before in Ards and North Down.

Awaken your creative spirit

Discover more of what Ards and North down has to offer and immerse yourself in unique, creative experiences, from ‘Glorious Grey Abbey’ a watercolour workshop, ‘Seal Shenanigans’ in Portaferry and the ‘Art of Glass’ at Clandeboye Courtyard. - Find out more about creative experiences

Green space and water’s edge wellbeing

Escape with on the water and relaxing experiences in a selection of unique settings.

Try paddle boarding with a picnic, ‘SUP-NIC’. ‘Explore the Shore‘ in Killinchy by kayak as you forage for mussels or enjoy a taster ’Like a Duck to Water’ canoe session with a difference at Castle Espie. For the perfect foodie adventure, you can even ‘Catch and Cook’ a delicious meal in Bangor.

Relax and recharge with forest bathing and yoga experiences in stunning surroundings. Experience the Limekiln Observatory at Castle Espie Wetlands Centre, Roe Island on Strangford Lough and the conservatory at Ballywalter house in a whole new way. - Find out more about wellbeing experiences

Photos and/or video footage may be taken during these events. All events and activities are subject to change and may be weather dependent – best efforts will be made to inform you of any changes.

Private Tours - Booked directly through the contact information on each page.

History and Heritage: Hidden Ulster ToursKen MartinFriends of Bangor AbbeyFriends of the Abbey (Grey Abbey)Donaghadee Local History Research Forum; Ards Peninsula Tours; Lynn CorkenCML Guiding; FaB ToursWalk the Lecale Peninsula

Wildlife and Nature: Robin MoffittAdrian Woodley; North Down Bird Watching Club

Maritime and Food: NI Food ToursBangor Boat; Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen; WildAbout Tours