Concerts, heritage activities and exhibitions in Grade A listed architecture

There are lots of things to do at Portico Arts and Heritage Centre. Take a tour of Portico’s stunning Grade A listed architecture (as seen on Channel 4’s Great British Restorations). Entertain the kids with cartoons and interactive tablets, explore our heritage exhibitions and marvel at the 5000 years old artefacts on display. Discover our Christian Music heritage timeline and hear samples from throughout the centuries, or climb into the organ loft and find out how the enormous pipe organ works and then have a go on it!

Or come for a concert – folk, pop, country and classical – we attract the best artists from all genres of music and, with an event most weekends, we’ve something to suit all tastes. Check our website for current information.

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

Admission is free during scheduled opening hours but visitors are encouraged to support Portico’s work in conserving local heritage and promoting the arts by making a donation of £5 per head.

Opening Times

  • April - weekends only Sat 11am-4pm, Sunday 1.30-4pm
  • May to September Tues - Sat 11am - 4pm, Sun 1.30-4pm
  • Rest of year open by appointment


  • Admission is free during scheduled opening hours (Donations welcomed)

Contact Details

  • Address Steel Dickson Avenue Portaferry Co Down BT22 1LE
  • Telephone 028 4272 8808
  • Email PORTICO
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