Coach and Walking tours guided by Laura Spence

About the Tour Guide, Laura Spence

Laura Spence from Comber is an experienced and passionate Blue Badge Tourist Guide with many years’ experience leading tours in Northern Ireland and further afield. A former BBC Producer, she is also a published author and teaches classes for local Councils, community groups and Stranmillis University College. Laura’s specialist knowledge of local culture, history, folklore and heritage is coupled with her interest in poetry and literature - and she blends all of these elements to create enjoyable tours which are insightful, informative and great fun.

Walking Tours:

Towns of North Down: Comber, Newtownards, Bangor, Donaghadee, Holywood, Greyabbey, Portaferry

Walking tours – duration between 1 hour and 4 hours on request.  These can be arranged to suit individuals, families or groups. These walks include local history, people, events, literature and poetry

Date: On request basis

Cost: Dependent on location and numbers
          Min – 1 person
          Max – 20 people


Coach Tours:

Historic Tour of the Ards Peninsula

The tour will cover the multi-layered history of the Ards Peninsula from the Ice Age to the coming of Christianity, from the Vikings to the Anglo Normans, and from the Ulster-Scots to more recent times.
There will be stops for morning coffee and lunch (price not included).  Please advise of any special dietary requests.

Cost:  £35pp
           Min 20 people
           Max 40 people

Ulster-Scots Tour of North Down and the Lower Ards: Newtownards, Bangor, Groomsport, Donaghadee, Millisle, Ballywalter, Greyabbey, Carrowdore, Comber and Holywood

In 1606, two Scottish Lairds, Sir James Hamilton and Sir Hugh Montgomery settled large numbers of Scots in the Ards Peninsula.  This coach tour will look at the legacy of the settlement in terms of people, places, history, heritage, literature and language. There will be stops for morning coffee and lunch (price not included).  Please advise of any special dietary requests.

Cost: £35pp
          Min 20 people
          Max 40 people

Food Tour: North Down and Ards

This tour will include a bread-baking demonstration, old film footage of an authentic Open Hearth baker, light lunch, cheese, yogurt and ice-cream sampling; and a visit to a local distillery

Cost:  £75 per person to include all food & lunch
           Min 25 people
           Max 35 people


To book please contact the Tour Guide, Laura, directly on email or phone number provided to the left

Opening Times

  • Tours Depart at the Ards Arts Centre at 9.30am, returning at 4pm


  • Walking Tours Price dependent on numbers and duration. Contact Laura to arrange.
  • Coach Tours £35 pp. Min: 20, Max: 40

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