Views across the Irish Sea from Cloughey beach 

No matter how much time you have during your visit to our region, there is something for everyone

Ours is a place to escape to, slow down and feed your spirit

Ards and North Down is defined by lush fertile fields and sweeping loughs, even the furthest reaches are within an hour of Belfast. Savour our award-winning local food and drink, be inspired by creative makers, artists and musicians and immerse yourself in our rich heritage.

Family fun – Home to some of Northern Irelands top-class attractions, you can explore the region making unforgettable memories as you go, experience land and water and everything in-between.

Water’s edge encounters - With Northern Ireland’s longest coastline, there’s 185km of scenic shoreline, from the southern shore of Belfast Lough take in expansive views across the Irish Sea and the beauty of Strangford Lough. A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, the lough is a unique biodiverse nature reserve and home to thousands of marine species just waiting to be explored.

Time depth encounters - From early Bronze age communities, to Vikings, our early Christian and Ulster Scots heritage and our role in the Great wars, our historic landmarks, stately homes, towers and museums tell the fascinating history of this place.

Great food and drink encounters - Discover unique local food and drink in many award-winning restaurants and artisan food shops. Finest and freshest ingredients are sourced in abundance and found in dishes across the region.

Creative encounters - A region brimming with creativity, with more makers per head than anywhere else in Northern Ireland, why not visit our galleries, workshops and studios where their unique skills are shared and unique crafts and artworks are showcased for sale.

Ours are the people celebrating life - Join us for a wide variety of events, festivals and workshops, celebrating everything from our maritime heritage, local creative arts, music and food. In this vibrant place, make memories, there is always something to intrigue and entertain.

Relax and explore – Embrace the natural landscapes and seascapes on land, water or in the air.  The rich golf history dating back 125 years gives this area an offering to be proud of. Explore on foot, by bike or by car. Or experience the region with a difference by taking a guided tour or booking the unique experiences we have to offer.

For inspiration on where to go, what to do and how to get there, view our suggested itineraries on our Itinerary Plans page..