Wonderful guided walking tours of the region, sharing local knowledge in beautiful surroundings ...

Covid-19 Restrictions Update, Thursday 7 January 2021: Additional restrictions have been introduced for people in Northern Ireland, these new restrictions are in place until 6 February and will be reviewed on 21 January. Guided Walking Tours will continue, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

New for February and March 2021

Enjoy our wide open spaces, charming towns and captivating history as you join our experienced guides on a wonderful walking tour.

We invite you to tap into a wealth of heritage, history and culture in the scenic surroundings of Comber, Donaghadee, Portaferry, Holywood and Bangor along the North Down Coastal Path.

February - CANCELLED

Love Comber | Sunday 14 February, 2pm – 3pm - CANCELLED
Tour guide | Paul Whitla

The town of Comber may be small in size, but it is big in terms of history!

Comber is synonymous with the famous ship Titanic, thanks to Thomas Andrews, whose family had been part of life in the town for generations. Thomas Andrews was a naval architect and took over as Chief Designer of Titanic in 1910. Andrews lost his life in the disaster, with eyewitnesses later recounting how in his final moments he was throwing deckchairs overboard to help people fighting for their lives in the freezing water.

Travelling further back in time, the tour will recount the story of St Patrick, who travelled through the little hamlet know known as Comber, where he had a run in with the local Celtic Chieftains Sons.

Finally you will have a chance to explore the remains of the Cistercian Abbey known as the Comber stones, built by the Knights of John de Courcy, whose story has a touch of romance suitable for this St Valentine's day.

Tickets: £5pp  Book now
Tour Departs: On foot from the square, Comber, BT23 5DX.

 

Historic Donaghadee Town Walk | Saturday 27 February, 11am - 1.30pm - CANCELLED
Tour Guide | Robert Neill

The Donaghadee Local History Research Forum presents a walking tour of Donaghadee.

Donaghadee is the nearest port to Scotland and boasts a rich maritime history. Immerse yourself in stories from 1600 to the present day. You will have an opportunity to visit the Harbour and the current lifeboat station. Learn about the Sir Samuel Kelly lifeboat, which rescued survivors from the MV Princess Victoria in 1953. You will also explore the history of the Moat, streets and Churches in the town.

Tickets: £5pp (All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Sir Samuel Kelly Lifeboat fund) Book now
Tour Departs: On foot from the Harbour, BT21 0HE.

 

March

Hello Spring | Saturday 20 March, 10am – 1.30pm
Tour Guide | Adrian Woodley

On the first day of spring, why not take part in a guided walk along North Down Coastal Path, which will take you on a journey through coastline and parkland. Historic relics, flora and fauna are found in abundance, you may even be lucky enough to spot grey seals offshore.

Please bring water and wear suitable clothing and footwear.
The walk includes some uneven ground.

Tickets: £5pp Book now
Tour Departs: On foot from Holywood train station, BT18 9JP.

 

Historic Portaferry Town Walk | Saturday 27 March, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Tour Guide | Brigid Watson

Portaferry is a picturesque town nestled on the shore of Strangford Lough. The town has a ferry that operates daily between Portaferry and Strangford. The ferry was established in 1188, making it the longest existing ferry service in the world. The powerful current which rushes through The Narrows carries 400 million gallons of water with every tide.  It is little wonder the Vikings named the Lough the ‘Strong Fiord’.
On this walk you will learn about the fascinating maritime heritage of Portaferry and hear stories of influential residents who shaped the development of the town through the centuries.

Walk & talk tour at a leisurely pace. Wear comfortable walking shoes
Tickets: £5pp Book now
Tour Departs: On foot from outside the Portaferry Hotel, BT22 1PE.

Please note: (Tickets are limited to 12) *Numbers are limited to enable social distancing. An online booking fee applies to all tours

 

Cancellations: Any events cancelled by the organiser, under all circumstances, will be fully refundable.  We intend to run these walks Current regulations are in place until 6 February, but will be reviewed on 21 January.We will contact you as soon as we know an event has been cancelled and refund the ticket price and any booking fees.

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Opening Times

  • Check individual walks for start time

Prices

  • £5pp

Contact Details

  • Address Newtownards Visitor Information Centre 31 Regent Street Newtownards Co. Down BT23 4AD
  • Telephone 028 9182 6846
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