ESCAPE AND KICK BACK
Tranquil lapping loughs, picture perfect villages and atmospheric abbeys that are a tonic for city-sore eyes - welcome to Ards and North Down.
See below for our various Itineraries - No matter how much time you have available, theres truly something for everyone!
Download (PDF) our suggested guides for how best to ESCAPE AND KICK BACK during a short break.
- Land Ahoy - Half day
Spend quality time together and escape daily life taking in the beautiful North Down coastline and some of the hidden gems there from a secret waterfall to a magnificent viaduct
- Water's Edge - Half Day
Start your day with a seaside walk along Belfast Lough, experience the vantage points of Eisenhower pier or enjoy home made ice cream in Donaghadee
- Hidden Gems - Half Day
Visit some of Ards and North Down's hidden gems, from the beautiful award winning Walled Garden, to the picturesque historic Grey Abbey ruins
- Explore and Play - Full day
Family at Exploris
Pack a picnic, get the kids into the car and head to the beautiful Ards Peninsula for some fun and adventure, get up close to nature discovering what animals live around the shoreline, before burning off some energy on fun activities.
- Like a Duck to Water - Full day
Duck at Castle Espie
Looking for a fun day out with your family? Well, look no further! This is the perfect adventure for all ages to enjoy and explore together- you will take to it like a duck to water with this easy to follow itinerary!
- Heritage and Histories - Full day
Grey Point Gun
Immerse yourself in living history – smell the turf on the open fire, watch the blacksmith at work and taste the soda bread fresh from the griddle! Visit the guns defending Belfast Lough from invasion.
- Revive and Revitalize - Full Day
Mount Stewart Landscape
Take time out of your busy life and revive and revitalise yourself, recharging your batteries with some adventure and fun with friends.
- Click and Chill - Full Day / Overnight Stay
Grab your camera and set off on a journey up the peninsula for some truly unique selfie spots!
- Landscapes and Legends - Full Day / Overnight Stay
Set off to Millisle and start your break, exploring the stunning Ards Peninsula and some of the jewels it has to offer, discovering truly unique spots, which are picture perfect!
- Making Memories - Overnight Stay
Pickie Funpark Train
Step back in time at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museums. Situated in Holywood, these fabulous attractions provide the perfect day for history buffs, excited children, and the curious.
- Travelling by Public Transport
Explore the North Down coast by train
Explore Northern Irelands 'gold coast' by train from Belfast through to Bangor
Explore the Peninsula by Bus
The £8 Peninsula Day Ticket will take you from Newtownards, Greyabbey and Portaferry, allowing you the freedom to explore at ease
- Feed the Body and Soul - 2 Day Break
Treat yourself to the delights of Ards and North Down with a hands on experience in traditional bread making and unwind in 5* luxury.
- 3 Day Itinerary
Mount Stewart Steps
An Exciting and Action Packed three day Itinerary taking you around the best of Ards and North Down
- Ards and North Down Map
Map of Ards and North Down