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  1. Photo of a smiling couple with Portaferry Castle Tower in background
    Image of Portaferry Castle from the road side
    Photo of a smiling couple with Portaferry Castle Tower in background
    Image of Portaferry Castle from the road side

    Portaferry

    Address

    Castle Street, Portaferry, County Down, BT22 1NZ

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9082 3207

    Type

    Type:

    Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings

    Portaferry Castle is a 16th Century tower-house, built by the Savage family. It is located on the slope overlooking Portaferry harbour.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)
  2. a photograph of a canon pointing towards the water
    a photograph of some old machinery showing dials, screws and headphones
    a photograph of old war memorabilia
    a photograph of the back of a canon
    a photograph of the canon firing with a cloud of smoke at the front
    a photograph of a canon pointing towards the water
    a photograph of some old machinery showing dials, screws and headphones
    a photograph of old war memorabilia
    a photograph of the back of a canon
    a photograph of the canon firing with a cloud of smoke at the front

    Helen's Bay

    Address

    Fort Road, Helen's Bay, County Down, BT19 1PU

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9082 3207

    Type

    Type:

    Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings

    Grey Point Fort is one of the best preserved early 20th century coastal forts anywhere in the British Isles. Situated in Helen's Bay, Grey Point Fort houses a most unusual hands-on military museum.

  3. Photo of the entrance information sign to Slans Graveyard on a bright sunny day
    Photo of the remnants of gravestones, still standing, overlooking the rolling hills on a sunny day
    Close up photo of one of the gravestones, with others within view
    Photo of the countryside surrounding the peaceful resting place of Slans Graveyard
    An image of the old gravestones, still standing, with a backdrop of rolling countryside
    Photo of the entrance information sign to Slans Graveyard on a bright sunny day
    Photo of the remnants of gravestones, still standing, overlooking the rolling hills on a sunny day
    Close up photo of one of the gravestones, with others within view
    Photo of the countryside surrounding the peaceful resting place of Slans Graveyard
    An image of the old gravestones, still standing, with a backdrop of rolling countryside

    Cloughey

    Address

    Ardminnan Road, Cloughey, County Down, BT22 1QJ

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9182 6846

    Type

    Type:

    Churches & Sacred Sites

    Within it are the ruins of a medieval church which is believed to be the Church of Ardmacossce or Ardmacaisse, mentioned in the Taxation of Pope Nicholas, 1306, along with an unusual cross-carved boulder.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)
  4. A photo of the alter at St Cooey's wells
    A photo of the word drink which forms part of the Washing, Eye and Drinking wells situated in this peaceful, wooded dell, which are reputed to have he
    A photo of the alter at St Cooey's wells
    A photo of the word drink which forms part of the Washing, Eye and Drinking wells situated in this peaceful, wooded dell, which are reputed to have he

    Newtownards

    Address

    Ards Visitor Information Centre, 31 Regent Street, Newtownards, Co Down, BT23 4AD

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9182 6846

    Type

    Type:

    Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings

    the church at St Cooey’s Wells is thought to date from the 7th century but only the foundation stones now remain.
    The Washing, Eye and Drinking wells in this peaceful, wooded dell are reputed to have healing powers.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
  5. Windmill Hill in Portaferry.Close up photo of the windmill
    Photo on a bright day of the Strangford Ferry with Windmill Hill and Portaferry in the backdrop
    A photo of the picturesque view of Portaferry town from Strangford Lough. the Strangford Ferry is in the shot.
    Photo of Windmill Hill and Portaferry lit in the evening
    Windmill Hill in Portaferry.Close up photo of the windmill
    Photo on a bright day of the Strangford Ferry with Windmill Hill and Portaferry in the backdrop
    A photo of the picturesque view of Portaferry town from Strangford Lough. the Strangford Ferry is in the shot.
    Photo of Windmill Hill and Portaferry lit in the evening

    Portaferry

    Address

    Windmill Hill, Portaferry, County Down, BT22 1RH

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9182 6846

    Type

    Type:

    Nature and Wildlife

    Situated on the hill south east of the town below the stump of Portaferry Windmill, a lay by and a viewpoint has been provided. One can enjoy a breath-taking view of Strangford Lough from the mouth of the Lough to Greyabbey.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)
  6. a photograph of the exterior of the church

    Comber

    Address

    The Manse, 15 Windmill Hill, Comber, County Down, BT23 5WH

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9187 2265

    Type

    Type:

    Churches & Sacred Sites

    Comber Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church was built on a site donated by James Andrews and the stained glass windows in the church depict family members. Members of the Andrews' family are also buried in the graveyard.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
  7. Photo of birds eye view of Kirkistown Castle surrounded by grassland

    Cloughey

    Address

    Main Road, Cloughey, County Down, BT22 1JB

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9082 3207

    Type

    Type:

    Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings

    Traditionally believed to have been built by Roland Savage of Ballygalget in 1622, possibly reusing an earlier site.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)
  8. Image of the ruins at sunset with the light of the sun shining onto the remnants of the building
    Photo of beautiful Cloughey beach and boardwalk
    Image of the ruins at sunset with the light of the sun shining onto the remnants of the building
    Photo of beautiful Cloughey beach and boardwalk

    Cloughey

    Address

    Ardminnan Road, Cloughey, County Down, BT22 1QJ

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9182 6846

    Type

    Type:

    Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings

    On the coast, two thirds of a mile south east of Cloughey village. This house appears to have been built about 1634 by Roland Savage, a cadet of the Ardkeen family.

  9. Photo of a lady and gent dressed in clothing from early 1900's outside of one of the cottages. The lady is standing holding a chicken and the gent is
    Image of a group of ladies and gents dressed in old fashioned clothing visiting the on site Picture House
    Photo of one of the beautiful thatched houses and lush gardens on site at Ulster Folk Museum
    Image of a lady dressed in old fashioned clothing pouring milk into her mixing bowl as she bakes scones or soda bread
    Photo of a gent dressed in old fashioned clothing in his workshop. There is a flaming fire and sparks are flying as he works on a piece of iron
    Photo of a gent dressed in old fashioned clothing giving a talk to a group of visitors to the museum
    A photo of a visiting couple to the dressmaking shop in early 1900's Ballycultra village within the museum. The lady is admiring a hat presented to he
    Photo of a lady and gent dressed in clothing from early 1900's outside of one of the cottages. The lady is standing holding a chicken and the gent is
    Image of a group of ladies and gents dressed in old fashioned clothing visiting the on site Picture House
    Photo of one of the beautiful thatched houses and lush gardens on site at Ulster Folk Museum
    Image of a lady dressed in old fashioned clothing pouring milk into her mixing bowl as she bakes scones or soda bread
    Photo of a gent dressed in old fashioned clothing in his workshop. There is a flaming fire and sparks are flying as he works on a piece of iron
    Photo of a gent dressed in old fashioned clothing giving a talk to a group of visitors to the museum
    A photo of a visiting couple to the dressmaking shop in early 1900's Ballycultra village within the museum. The lady is admiring a hat presented to he

    Holywood

    Address

    153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood, County Down, BT18 0EU

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9042 8428

    Price

    Price Free to £25.00 Per Ticket

    Gradings

    • Four Star Quality Assurance
    Four Star Quality Assurance

    Type

    Type:

    Visitor Centres & Museums

    Awards

    • Visit Britain We're Good to Go 2021We're Good to Go

    Step back in time and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Explore thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Ulster Folk Museum.

    Price

    Price Free to £25.00 Per Ticket

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Dogs accepted by arrangement

    Facilities

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
  10. Photo of yellow gorse bush and Scrabo Tower peaking up from behind framed by blue sky
    Photo of person and dog sitting on bench enjoying the outstanding views from Scrabo hill
    Image of NIEA signpost entitled Scabo Country Park, caring for the environment
    Drone photo of Scrao Tower sitting majestically on it's hill overlooking the countryside
    Close up image of yellow flowers and green leaves of  shrub that grows around Scrabo
    Photo of yellow gorse bush and Scrabo Tower peaking up from behind framed by blue sky
    Photo of person and dog sitting on bench enjoying the outstanding views from Scrabo hill
    Image of NIEA signpost entitled Scabo Country Park, caring for the environment
    Drone photo of Scrao Tower sitting majestically on it's hill overlooking the countryside
    Close up image of yellow flowers and green leaves of  shrub that grows around Scrabo

    Newtownards

    Address

    203A Scrabo Road, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 4SJ

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9082 3207

    Type

    Type:

    Nature and Wildlife

    Scrabo Country Park is centred at the top of Scrabo Hill near Newtownards and boasts incredible views over Strangford Lough and the surrounding countryside.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
  11. Photo of the formal gardens in colourful bloom at Mount Stewart with the Estate House in the background
    Photo of Mount Stewart trees with beautiful autumn foliage with hues of greens, oranges and browns
    A photograph of the Mount Stewart formal gardens to back of Estate house in bloom
    Photo of the bronze statue that commemorates the birth of Lady Mairi in 1921, surrounded by bells and cockle shells based on the nursery rhyme, set wi
    Close up photo of white round flower heads in bloom within the formal gardens of Mount Stewart
    Image of the front of the Mount Stewart Estate House
    Image of the formal dining room inside of the Mount Stewart Estate House
    Photo of the formal gardens in colourful bloom at Mount Stewart with the Estate House in the background
    Photo of Mount Stewart trees with beautiful autumn foliage with hues of greens, oranges and browns
    A photograph of the Mount Stewart formal gardens to back of Estate house in bloom
    Photo of the bronze statue that commemorates the birth of Lady Mairi in 1921, surrounded by bells and cockle shells based on the nursery rhyme, set wi
    Close up photo of white round flower heads in bloom within the formal gardens of Mount Stewart
    Image of the front of the Mount Stewart Estate House
    Image of the formal dining room inside of the Mount Stewart Estate House

    Newtownards

    Address

    Portaferry Road, Newtownards, County Down, BT22 2AD

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 4278 8387

    Gradings

    • Two Star Quality Assurance
    Two Star Quality Assurance

    Type

    Type:

    Garden

    Awards

    • Visit Britain We're Good to Go 2021We're Good to Go

    Mount Stewart is a stunning estate in the beautiful scenic area of Strangford Lough. The Formal Gardens are ranked as one of the top ten in the world and the within the house there are collections of national and international significance.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Dogs accepted by arrangement

    Facilities

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking

    Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Wifi
  12. Photo of the Church from the car park, showing the entrance gates and arch way leading to the front doors of the church
    Black and white photo of from the alter of the church showing the Bible and lit candlesticks overlooking the pews
    A photo showing the beautiful colours of a stained glass window reflecting on the church floor
    Image of the Clock tower of the church
    A close up photo of one of the stone entrance pillars to the church with the names Thomas Andrews and Ja Lemont, eighteenth century churchwardens,
    Photo of the Church from the car park, showing the entrance gates and arch way leading to the front doors of the church
    Black and white photo of from the alter of the church showing the Bible and lit candlesticks overlooking the pews
    A photo showing the beautiful colours of a stained glass window reflecting on the church floor
    Image of the Clock tower of the church
    A close up photo of one of the stone entrance pillars to the church with the names Thomas Andrews and Ja Lemont, eighteenth century churchwardens,

    Comber

    Address

    St Mary's Parish Church, The Square, Comber, Co Down, BT23 5DU

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9187 3963

    Type

    Type:

    Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings

    St Mary’s Parish Church stands on the site of a Cistercian Abbey built in 1199. It was of similar size and architecture to the one in Greyabbey and survived until 1543 when it was closed by order of Henry VIII. The present church dates from 1840.

  13. A photograph of boats in the water at the harbour
    An image of the Groomsport Information sign
    A close up photo of Cockle Row Cottages in Groomsport with a sense of location beside the harbour
    A photo of the view of Groomsport Harbour which featured a number of boats moored in the bay
    A photo of Cockle Row Cottages taken from a distance to include the seasonal paddling pool in shot on a bright sunny day
    A photo of a boat sculpture set within a garden display located on grassland beside the seafront area
    A photograph of boats in the water at the harbour
    An image of the Groomsport Information sign
    A close up photo of Cockle Row Cottages in Groomsport with a sense of location beside the harbour
    A photo of the view of Groomsport Harbour which featured a number of boats moored in the bay
    A photo of Cockle Row Cottages taken from a distance to include the seasonal paddling pool in shot on a bright sunny day
    A photo of a boat sculpture set within a garden display located on grassland beside the seafront area

    Groomsport

    Address

    Groomsport Harbour, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JP

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9127 0069

    Type

    Type:

    Visitor Centres & Museums

    Located by the Harbour you will find Cockle Row Cottages which house displays of tourist and heritage information and local crafts in an authentic 1910 atmosphere.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
  14. a photograph of some brick ruins

    Portaferry

    Address

    Tullymally Road, Portaferry, County Down, BT22 1JX

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9082 3207

    Type

    Type:

    Churches & Sacred Sites

    These ruined churches are situated one and a half miles north east of Portaferry on the Tullymally Road, east of the A2 to Cloughey and are signposted from Portaferry.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)
  15. Photo of Market Cross in the heart of Newtownards town
    Close up sepia coloured photo of the gargoyle features on Market Cross
    Photo of Market Cross in the heart of Newtownards town
    Close up sepia coloured photo of the gargoyle features on Market Cross

    Newtownards

    Address

    High Street, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 7HZ

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9182 6846

    Type

    Type:

    Churches & Sacred Sites

    At the east of High Street in Newtownards the Market Cross was built in 1636 but was destroyed by Commonwealth troops in 1653.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)
  16. a photograph of the motte surrounded by some trees

    Holywood

    Address

    Brook Street, Holywood, County Down, BT18 9BB

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9082 3207

    Type

    Type:

    Nature and Wildlife

    Holywood Motte is an Anglo-Norman castle mound, which probably had a ditch round its base and a timber palisade round the summit.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)
  17. a photograph looking up at a windmill with a blue sky in the background
    a photograph of a mural of farmers in the field
    a photo of some rocks and posters on display in a museum
    a side view photo of a windmill
    a photograph looking up at a windmill with a blue sky in the background
    a photograph of a mural of farmers in the field
    a photo of some rocks and posters on display in a museum
    a side view photo of a windmill

    Millisle

    Address

    Windmill Road, Millisle, County Down, BT22 2DS

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9082 3207

    Type

    Type:

    Visitor Centres & Museums

    Late 18th-century tower mill in use until 1915 and still in working order. Take a virtual tour and discover this unique building.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)
  18. Photo of Mahee Castle, with bridge way and water to forefront

    Belfast

    Address

    Nine Lanyon Place, Ground Floor, Belfast, County Antrim, BT1 3LF

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9082 3207

    Type

    Type:

    Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings

    This ruined Tower House commands a position at the north end of Mahee Island in Strangford Lough. The house was built in 1570 by an English soldier called Captain Browne. Today, it is badly ruined but still of considerable interest.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)
  19. a photograph of the exterior of old church ruins
    a photograph of a statue on the wall of the church ruins
    a low-shot photograph of the church ruins through the grass
    a photograph of someone dressed as a monk in front of the church ruins
    a photograph of the exterior of old church ruins
    a photograph of a statue on the wall of the church ruins
    a low-shot photograph of the church ruins through the grass
    a photograph of someone dressed as a monk in front of the church ruins

    Greyabbey

    Address

    Main Street, Greyabbey, County Down, BT22 2NQ

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9082 3207

    Type

    Type:

    Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings

    Grey Abbey, a Cistercian Abbey church and its living quarters were founded in 1193 by Affreca wife of John de Courcy, the Anglo-Norman invader of East Ulster.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
  20. Photo of walkway through leafy Castle Park
    Image of a walkway and woodland steps surrounded by leafy green trees and pink flowers
    Photo showing North Down Museum opening sign with Town Hall in backdrop
    Photo of Bangor Castle Walled Garden arches and flowers. The Garden is located within Castle Park grounds.
    Photo showing the embossed words Edward Ward 1852, the date the Town Hall was erected
    Photo of Town Hall/Bangor Castle in the sunshine framed by leafy tree branches
    Photo of walkway through leafy Castle Park
    Image of a walkway and woodland steps surrounded by leafy green trees and pink flowers
    Photo showing North Down Museum opening sign with Town Hall in backdrop
    Photo of Bangor Castle Walled Garden arches and flowers. The Garden is located within Castle Park grounds.
    Photo showing the embossed words Edward Ward 1852, the date the Town Hall was erected
    Photo of Town Hall/Bangor Castle in the sunshine framed by leafy tree branches

    Bangor

    Address

    Castle Park Avenue, Bangor, County Down, BT20 4BT

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9127 0069

    Type

    Type:

    Nature and Wildlife

    Stroll through this beautiful wooded wonderland which is an exhilarating experience throughout the seasons.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Dogs accepted by arrangement

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
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