Enjoy our wide open spaces, charming towns and captivating history on a guided walking tour.

Explore the region with town and coastal walks as our qualified guides and experts welcome, intrigue and entertain you with their local knowledge, as they guide you on your chosen tour.

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Sunday 1 August | 10am – 1pm - SOLD OUT
The Donaghadee Local History Research Forum presents a Walking Tour of Donaghadee.

Donaghadee harbour celebrates 200 years on 1 August 2021! The seaside town will be celebrating with a weekend of activity between 30 July-1 August 2021. This guided walking tour will provide participants with an insight into the building of the iconic harbour and its importance to the development of the town. 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 and streets and Churches in the town.

Tickets: £5 - booking fee applies *A donation from ticket sales will be given to the Sir Samuel Kelly Lifeboat fund.
Tour Guide: Dr Robert Neill | Tour departure point: on foot from Donaghadee harbour, BT21 0HE. 

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Sunday 15 August | 11am – 12.30pm - SOLD OUT
Kearney National Trust Village and Quintin Castle Coastal Walk

Kearney is a fascinating historical fishing village sited on the Irish Sea coast with a rich social history, it was the setting for ‘My Mother and Other Strangers’ (RTE/BBC – 2016). Nearby romantic Quintin Castle is one of the few Anglo-Norman castles still lived in today and this area of coastline was used for Game of Thrones filming.

On this walk, delve into the very distant past as you learn how the spectacular coastal scenery and unique rock formations came into being over 400m years ago. Stay in the moment and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the area’s abundant wildlife including grey seals, gannets and wildflowers such as sea campion and wild thyme.

Tickets: Adults £6 - booking fee applies
Tour Guide: Brigid Watson |Tour departure point: on foot from the car park at Kearney village, BT22 1QP
Suitable clothing and footwear advisable, walk includes uneven surfaces.

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Wednesday 18 August | 10.30am – 11.30am - SOLD OUT
Kids Nature Trail  - Castle Park

Join this fascinating interactive nature trail led by bird expert Dot Blakely, who will teach you all about the natural habitat of the birds and animals who live in the picturesque grounds of Castle Park. 

Tickets: £3 - booking fee applies (all children must be accompanied by one adult, accompanying adults do not have to purchase tickets) 
Tour Guide: Dot Blakely | Tour departure point: on foot from North Down Museum, Castle Park, Bangor, BT20 4BT

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Friday 20 August | 2.30pm – 3.30pm - SOLD OUT
Kids Coastal Nature Trail - Groomsport

Join bird expert Dot on a coastal adventure, learn about the variety of sea birds and sea creatures who make the shores of Groomsport their home. 

Tickets: £3 - booking fee applies (all children must be accompanied by one adult, accompanying adults do not have to purchase tickets) 
Tour Guide: Dot Blakely | Tour departure point: from Cockle Row Cottages, Main Street, Groomsport, BT19 6JR

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Saturday 21 August | 2pm, 3pm and 4pm (three boat trips available) -SOLD OUT
*New 'Salty Tales' Short Sea Cruise - Belfast Lough, Bangor 

Step on board the Blue Aquarius with local author and storyteller Marianne McShane. Hear tales of the selkie folk, the enchanted seal people, and Li Ban, Bangor's very own mermaid and the inspiration for her book Rónán and the Mermaid. We can't promise a mermaid sighting, but we might be lucky enough to spy a few friendly seals by the rocks.

Tickets: Adults £10 Child £5 - booking fee applies (all children must be accompanied by one adult) 
Tour departure point: Tour departs from the Jetty, beside Pickie Fun Park, Bangor, BT20 5AG 

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Tuesday 24th August | 2.30pm – 4pm
Bangor Historical Town Tour

Did you know that Bangor was once known as "The Vale of Angels"? Join us to find out why and much more about our fascinating historic town.

Tickets: £5 - booking fee applies 
Tour Guide: Paul Whitla | Tour departure point: on foot from Tower House, 34 Quay Street, Bangor, BT20 5ED.

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Discover more of what the region has to offer by immersing yourself in these fantastic experiences.  Enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside, and the warmth of our locals first-hand, find out more on our Experiences page.

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Contact Details

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