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  1. Cities, Towns and Villages
    Ards and North Down is made up of the City of Bangor, four lively individually defined towns, all surrounded by an abundance of unique villages, big and small, each with something special to offer.
  2. 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.
  3. Beaches
    Explore our miles of stunning coastline and its coves and beaches, perfect for your chosen escape, a family fun day out, a romantic getaway or timeout to relax and recharge.
  4. Forest, Parks & Gardens
    Amongst the flora and fauna of our parks and gardens and trunks of towering trees you can immerse yourself in the natural environment and enjoy these shared spaces with the many animals who have made here their home.
  5. Filming locations
    Whether you are a film buff, a TV addict or have a keen interest in the area, we will help you plan a trip to explore some of the top filming locations in Ards and North Down, and enjoy this stunning place for yourself.
  6. Ulster-Scots in Ards and North Down
    It was May 1606 when Scottish families began to settle in the Ards and North Down, led by James Hamilton and Hugh Montgomery from Ayrshire, following the land deal they had struck with Con O’Neill of Castlereagh. Find out how they influenced our land making it what it is today.
  7. What's on in Ards and North Down
    Vibrant festivals, events and workshops celebrate our talent and welcome artists from near and far.
  8. Things to do
    Ours is a promise of adventure, from the nooks in the woods to award-winning beaches and country parks, we’re home to some of Northern Ireland’s top attractions. Plan your visit and make unforgettable memories with family and friends.
Immerse yourself in this beautiful place...
  1. 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.
  2. Itineraries: Exploring Ards and North Down
    Let us help you make the most of your visit to Ards and North Down, whether you are looking a family getaway or an adventure for two, we have something for all. Our itineraries will guide you through some of our most spectacular landscapes and scenery, picture perfect settings, towns and villages that each hold a warm welcome.
  3. Heritage Trails
    Our land is centuries deep and oh the stories it has to tell, some of which dates back to as early as 558AD. Learn about our history and heritage through one of our tours.
  4. Mourne Coastal Route Self-Driving Tour
    The Mourne Coastal Route is a driving trail, taking you from Belfast via North Down, the Ards Peninsula, County Down coastline, Mourne Mountains and on to the city of Newry. The route leads you through some of the most scenic views in all of Ireland.
  5. The Ards Peninsula Way
    Discover the Ards Peninsula with its unspoilt villages, tranquil abbey, castles and welcoming locals, all with a story to share. Located on the east coastline of Northern Ireland, only half an hour from Belfast, the area is surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Irish Sea and Strangford Lough, boasting miles of coastline.
  6. Food and Drink Trails and Tours
    Tantalise your tastebuds with these food and drink orientated trails and tours.
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