Historical gem of the lough

Holywood is famous for its maypole in the centre of town. Its origin is uncertain, but according to local folklore, it dates from 1700. A Dutch ship is said to have run aground on the shore nearby, and the crew erected the broken mast to show their appreciation of the assistance offered to them by the townsfolk. The maypole is still used for dancing at the annual May Day fair.

The town also hosts an annual jazz and blues festival on the first weekend in June called Holywood Harmony. This festival is very popular with visitors and should not to be missed.

For those who love history, you can step back in time in and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.  The Museum is on the outskirts of Holywood and illustrates the way of life and traditions of the people of Ulster. It is Ireland’s most comprehensive heritage museum and has a world-class Irish Railway Collection, Road Transport Galleries and interactive Flight Experience.

Forget Hollywood, Holywood is home to a few internationally famous faces of its own, including Golf Star Rory McIlroy and Actor Jamie Dornan.

Holywood Town Trail and Cultural Trail (PDF)

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