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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Saturday 3 July and Saturday 17 July |11am- 12.15pm
Historical Gem of the Lough - Holywood Historical Walk 

An ancient town which lies on the shores of Belfast Lough between Bangor and Belfast, Holywood is distinguished by being the only town in Ireland to have a maypole. Join this fascinating guided tour to gain an insight into the past of this pretty town and hear about her famous sons and daughters. 
Finishing at Camphill Organic Coffee Shop for a soup and sandwich combo lunch.

With hot or cold drink included. Please make us aware of any dietary requirements a week prior to each guided tour by emailing ardsvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Tickets: £19 - Booking fee applies
Tour Guide: Joy Ryan | Tour departure point: Holywood Priory

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Sunday 4 July | 12noon – 1.30pm
Newtownards Historical Walking Tour

Situated at the northern end of Strangford Lough, Newtownards has a wealth of historical treasures waiting to be discovered. You will find evidence of how some of history’s most notable civilisations including the Normans, Celts and Vikings shaped the town. 

Tickets: £5 - Booking fee applies
Tour Guide: Paul Whitla | Tour departure point: Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards, BT23 4NP

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Wednesday 7 July | 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Bangor Castle Walled Garden

This popular guided tour provides an insight into the garden’s history, its restoration and the vast array of plants, fruits and vegetables which are grown there.

Tickets: £4 -Booking fee applies
Tour Guide: Dylan Freeburn | Tour departure point: on foot from the bandstand in the Walled Garden, Castle Park, Bangor, BT20 4UT.

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Monday 19 July | 2pm – 3pm
Kids ‘Mini-beasts’ Nature Trail

Join our tour guide Dot for a creative exploration of Nugent’s Wood.  Look out for the ‘mini-beasts’ that make the park their home and find out about the flora and fauna.

Tickets: £3 (all children must be accompanied by one adult, accompanying adults do not have to purchase tickets) - booking fee applies 
Tour Guide: Dot Blakely | Tour departure point: from Portaferry Ferry carpark, and takes place in Nugent's Wood. 

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Sunday 25 July | 11am – 1pm
Portaferry Historical Walking Tour

Portaferry is a picturesque town on the shore of Strangford Lough. On this walk you will learn about the fascinating maritime heritage of Portaferry and hear stories of influential characters who shaped the development of the town through the centuries. 

Tickets:  £5 -booking fee applies
Tour Guide: Brigid Watson | Tour departure point: outside the Portaferry Hotel, 10 The Strand, Portaferry, BT22 1PE
Wear comfortable walking shoes

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Saturday 31 July | 11am – 12.30pm
*New Waggy Tail Walk and Picnic - Dog Friendly Tour of Scrabo Hill

Taking your dog for a walk is one of life’s greatest treasures, why not combine this with a guided tour of Scrabo Hill and picnic? The walk takes in the summit of Scrabo Hill and the famous Scrabo Tower built in 1857, one of Northern Ireland's best-known landmarks. Enjoy a delicious picnic box while taking in the stunning views over Strangford Lough and North Down. The walk then descends to a vantage point of the disused quarries. The old quarries have major geological importance and have been designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest. 

Each dog will receive a bandana. The picnic box is included in the price (you will receive a brioche filled roll, fruit, yogurt, tray bake and bottle of water) . Please make us aware of any dietary requirements by 24 July 2021 by emailing ardsvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Tickets: £14 - booking fee applies.
Tour Guide: Paul Whitla | Tour departure point: on foot from the car park beside Scrabo Golf Club BT23 4NW
All dogs must be kept on lead during the tour. A good level of fitness and walking shoes are advised due to steep inclines and uneven ground.

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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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