Arts and heritage in Grade A listed architecture

The Portico of Ards (as seen on Channel 4’s Great British Restorations) was officially opened as an Arts and Heritage Centre in 2016 by HRH The Prince of Wales following an extensive restoration of what was formerly known as Portaferry Presbyterian Church. Portico is now a multi-purpose venue for everyone to enjoy.

Guided tours take place regularly, May to Sept inclusive, or groups can book in advance for access throughout the year. Guided tours include a one-hour guided tour of Portico's unique Greek architecture, inside and out, the story of the restoration and a visit to the organ loft. An additional hour is then given for visitors to explore our local heritage timeline and exhibitions (including Neolithic artefacts from nearby Millin Bay), have a go on our enormous refurbished pipe organ, peruse the local arts and crafts for sale, explore the digital archive on our tablets and listen to the Christian Music Timeline samples or watch some archive film.

Portico is open Tues 11-1pm, Thurs 2-4pm and Sun 2-4pm May to Sept inc.  Guided tours cost £10 or make a donation if you just want a quick look. Booking is not necessary for these tours. Outside of these times and throughout the year group tours can be booked by contacting Discounts for groups and catering options are available.

A wide range of events take place at weekends throughout the year with music concerts ranging from country to classical as well as theatre and comedy. Admission for events varies - please visit for details.

The Orr Meeting Room and Auditorium can also be hired for public events such as concerts or conferences or privately for weddings, funerals or family events.

Opening Times

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  • For group bookings please contact
  • Events take place most weekends - please see


  • Prices Guided tours cost £10 per person with accompanied children free. Or make a donation if you just want to look round.
  • Events are priced individually - please see

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