A series of tours of some landmark sites within the Borough of Ards and North Down

The Department for Communities, Historic Environment Division, are running a series of tours of some landmark sites within the Borough of Ards and North Down.

Nendrum Ecclesiastical Site
This pre-Norman ecclesiastical enclosure and buildings is associated with St Mochaoi who died at the end of the 5th Century and is linked with St Patrick. The tour will be a guided history of Nendrum Ecclesiastical site from its foundation, from the 5th Century to its abandonment in the 15th Century.


  • Sat 11th May 11:00
  • Sat 8th June 11:00
  • Sat 13th July 11:00
  • Sat 10th Aug 11:00

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Newtownards Priory
Located at the south east edge of Newtownards, these substantial remains of a Dominican (Black) Friary founded in 1244 are the only ones of their type in Northern Ireland. The tour will be a guided history of Newtownards Priory from its foundation through to the 20th Century describing its context in the development of the town of Newtownards, including the Castle Bawn Garden of the later medieval period.


  • Sat 11th May 15:00
  • Sat 8th June 15:00
  • Sat 13th July 15:00
  • Sat 10th Aug 15:00

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Ballycopeland Windmill
Built in the late 18th or early 19th Century Ballycopeland Windmill was worked by the McGilton family until the First World War. It was restored to full working order from the 1950’s to 1978 with later conservation works carried out by Historic Environment Division. Come along to Ballycopeland Windmill for a special access tour of the windmill tower led by a member of the conservation team.


  • Sun 12th May 09:00
  • Sun 14th July 09:00
  • Sun 28th July 09:00

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All tours cost £5 per adult and £3 per child
Pre-booking is essential.
For more information visit communities-ni.gov.uk/articles/events

Opening Times

  • Various


  • £5 Adult
  • £3 Child

Contact Details

  • Address Newtownards
  • Telephone
  • Email
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