The official website of Visit Ards and North Down
En

Things to do

Search Summary

Refine By

Refine Your Search Further:

Type
Location
Search Again
Type:
Area:
Or type a Location:
Keyword:

Number of results: 67

, currently showing 1 to 20.

less than 0.5 miles

  1. A photo of the Sketrick Castle ruins

    Killinchy

    Address

    Sketrick Island, Killinchy, County Down, BT23 6QH

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9082 3207

    Type

    Type:

    Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings

    Sketrick Castle is located on Sketrick Island which is reached by a causeway on the west coast of Strangford Lough. This large tower house was built in the mid 15th century and was actively involved in warfare during the 16th century.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)

less than 2 miles

  1. Photograph of Nendrum Monastic site at sunset. Vibrant colours of purples and pinks loom over the ruins
    Close up photo of the Nendrum ruins surrounded by green grass
    Close up image of the round tower ruins of Nendrum Monastic site
    Close up photo of Nendrum Monastic site with blue skies and white clouds in background
    A photo of a different angle of Nendrum showing the sundial and round tower on a sunny day
    Birds eye view photo image showing the extent of the Nendrum Monastic site and its ruins surrounded by countryside
    Illustration of how Nendrum Monastic site would have likely looked in active years - buildings intact, surrounded by farmland, resident huts and veget
    Photograph of Nendrum Monastic site at sunset. Vibrant colours of purples and pinks loom over the ruins
    Close up photo of the Nendrum ruins surrounded by green grass
    Close up image of the round tower ruins of Nendrum Monastic site
    Close up photo of Nendrum Monastic site with blue skies and white clouds in background
    A photo of a different angle of Nendrum showing the sundial and round tower on a sunny day
    Birds eye view photo image showing the extent of the Nendrum Monastic site and its ruins surrounded by countryside
    Illustration of how Nendrum Monastic site would have likely looked in active years - buildings intact, surrounded by farmland, resident huts and veget

    Comber

    Address

    Mahee Island, Ringneill Road, Comber, County Down, BT23 6EP

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9082 3207

    Type

    Type:

    Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings

    Nendrum is thought to have been set up by St Machaoi in the 5th Century and also has links to St Patrick in later sources. The monastery consists of 3 round dry stone walled enclosures, one within the other.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
  2. Photo of Mahee Castle, with bridge way and water to forefront

    Belfast

    Address

    Nine Lanyon Place, Ground Floor, Belfast, County Antrim, BT1 3LF

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9082 3207

    Type

    Type:

    Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings

    This ruined Tower House commands a position at the north end of Mahee Island in Strangford Lough. The house was built in 1570 by an English soldier called Captain Browne. Today, it is badly ruined but still of considerable interest.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)
  3. Exterior to the centre with welcome banner

    Killinchy

    Address

    Church Hill Road, Killinchy, County Down, BT23 6PP

    Telephone

    02897541249

    Type

    Type:

    Cultural Centre

    The Livingston Centre at Killinchy Parish Church is a local heritage centre. It tells the transatlantic story of Livingston family. Reverend John Livingston was the first Protestant rector of Killinchy in 1630. He was behind the building of the…

    Facilities

    Establishment Features

    • Wi-fi available

less than 5 miles

  1. Photo of little boy in blue top and brown trousers jumping off wooden steps onto autumn leaves

    Comber

    Address

    Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Comber, County Down, BT23 6EA

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9187 4146

    Gradings

    • Four Star Quality Assurance
    Four Star Quality Assurance

    Type

    Type:

    Nature and Wildlife

    Ireland's largest collection of ducks, geese and swans. Viewing from hides, waterfowl gardens, woodland walks. Extended gardens and woodlands with a gift shop, home made food, art gallery and coffee shop.

    Facilities

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking

    Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Wifi
  2. a photograph of the exterior of the church

    Comber

    Address

    The Manse, 15 Windmill Hill, Comber, County Down, BT23 5WH

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9187 2265

    Type

    Type:

    Churches & Sacred Sites

    Comber Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church was built on a site donated by James Andrews and the stained glass windows in the church depict family members. Members of the Andrews' family are also buried in the graveyard.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking

more than 5 miles

  1. Penguin
    a boy and a girl looking at fish in the tank
    a boy and his dad looking at a sea creature in the tank
    a little girl looking at a fish in the tank
    a photograph showing the interior of the aquarium
    a photograph of two otters in the water
    a photograph of a crocodile in the enclosure
    a photograph of someone holding a starfish
    a photograph of two kids kneeling down and looking into the fish tank
    Penguin
    a boy and a girl looking at fish in the tank
    a boy and his dad looking at a sea creature in the tank
    a little girl looking at a fish in the tank
    a photograph showing the interior of the aquarium
    a photograph of two otters in the water
    a photograph of a crocodile in the enclosure
    a photograph of someone holding a starfish
    a photograph of two kids kneeling down and looking into the fish tank

    Portaferry

    Address

    The Rope Walk, Castle Street, Portaferry, County Down, BT22 1NZ

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 4272 8062

    Gradings

    • Five Star Quality Assurance
    Five Star Quality Assurance

    Type

    Type:

    Zoo / Aquarium

    Enjoy a diver's view of marine life from around the world without getting wet. A sunken galleon, friendly sharks and a snappy crocodile, a Waddle of Penguins, all star in Northern Ireland’s only aquarium and seal rehabilitation centre.

    Facilities

    Catering

    • Licensed

    Facilities

    Parking & Transport

    • Car parking
    • Parking (free)

    Facilities

    Catering

    • Restaurant on Premises

    Facilities

    Establishment Features

    • Wi-fi available
  2. Image of the front of the Mount Stewart Estate House
    Photo of Mount Stewart trees with beautiful autumn foliage with hues of greens, oranges and browns
    A photograph of the Mount Stewart formal gardens to back of Estate house in bloom
    Photo of the bronze statue that commemorates the birth of Lady Mairi in 1921, surrounded by bells and cockle shells based on the nursery rhyme, set wi
    Image of the formal dining room inside of the Mount Stewart Estate House
    Image of the front of the Mount Stewart Estate House
    Photo of Mount Stewart trees with beautiful autumn foliage with hues of greens, oranges and browns
    A photograph of the Mount Stewart formal gardens to back of Estate house in bloom
    Photo of the bronze statue that commemorates the birth of Lady Mairi in 1921, surrounded by bells and cockle shells based on the nursery rhyme, set wi
    Image of the formal dining room inside of the Mount Stewart Estate House

    Newtownards

    Address

    Portaferry Road, Newtownards, County Down, BT22 2AD

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 4278 8387

    Gradings

    • Four Star Quality Assurance
    Four Star Quality Assurance

    Type

    Type:

    Garden

    Mount Stewart is a stunning estate in the beautiful scenic area of Strangford Lough. The Formal Gardens are ranked as one of the top ten in the world and the within the house there are collections of national and international significance.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Dogs Welcome Inside

    Facilities

    Catering

    • Licensed

    Facilities

    Parking & Transport

    • Car parking
    • On site parking

    Facilities

    Catering

    • Restaurant on Premises

    Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Wifi
  3. Photo of people enjoying rides on the Giant Swans pedal boats on the blue waters of the man made pond at Pickie Funpark
    Photo of the Giant Swans in use by visitors at Pickie Funpark
    Photo of go-karts and water zorbing balls at Pickie Funpark (seasonal activities)
    Photo of the Pickie Funpark Beach huts used for changing after enjoying the splash pad area
    Photo of people enjoying rides on the Giant Swans pedal boats on the blue waters of the man made pond at Pickie Funpark
    Photo of the Giant Swans in use by visitors at Pickie Funpark
    Photo of go-karts and water zorbing balls at Pickie Funpark (seasonal activities)
    Photo of the Pickie Funpark Beach huts used for changing after enjoying the splash pad area

    Bangor

    Address

    1 Marine Gardens, Queens Parade, Bangor, County Down, BT20 5HA

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9145 0746

    Gradings

    • Four Star Quality Assurance
    Four Star Quality Assurance

    Type

    Type:

    Adventure Park / Playground

    Pickie Funpark is one of the top ten visitor attractions in Northern Ireland. The park provides a fun day out for all: An 18-hole mini-golf course, giant pedal swans, Pickie Puffer train, children's play area, children's electric car track and more.

    Facilities

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking

    Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Wifi
  4. Image of the NIEA signpost entitled Scrabo County Park, caring for the environment with Scrabo Tower in background
    Drone photo of Scrabo Tower sitting majestically on it's hill overlooking countryside
    Photo of yellow flowers and green leaves, a shrub that grows around Scrabo
    Image of the NIEA signpost entitled Scrabo County Park, caring for the environment with Scrabo Tower in background
    Drone photo of Scrabo Tower sitting majestically on it's hill overlooking countryside
    Photo of yellow flowers and green leaves, a shrub that grows around Scrabo

    Newtownards

    Address

    203A Scrabo Road, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 4SJ

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9181 1491

    Gradings

    • Four Star Quality Assurance
    Four Star Quality Assurance

    Type

    Type:

    Nature and Wildlife

    This charming park is situated around the upper slopes and top of Scrabo Hill, near the area of Newtownards. When visitors come and explore, they will be able to view the panoramic sights of Strangford Lough as well as the surrounding countryside.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
  5. a photograph of waves hitting the rocks at the shore
    a photograph of people on a large grassy area with trees and a path
    a photograph showing the sea, some sand and a grassy area
    a photograph of some trees and a grassy area next to a sandy beach
    a photograph of two people riding their bikes on a grassy area
    a photograph of Crawfordsburn beach shown through some trees on a hill
    an arial photograph of the grassy area and some buildings next to the shore
    a photo of the beach on a cloudy day
    a photograph of waves hitting the rocks at the shore
    a photograph of people on a large grassy area with trees and a path
    a photograph showing the sea, some sand and a grassy area
    a photograph of some trees and a grassy area next to a sandy beach
    a photograph of two people riding their bikes on a grassy area
    a photograph of Crawfordsburn beach shown through some trees on a hill
    an arial photograph of the grassy area and some buildings next to the shore
    a photo of the beach on a cloudy day

    Helen's Bay

    Address

    Bridge Road South, Helen's Bay, County Down, BT19 1JT

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9185 3621

    Gradings

    • Three Star Quality Assurance
    Three Star Quality Assurance

    Type

    Type:

    Public Park

    With tranquil walks through peaceful meadows and wooded glens and a stunning waterfall, Crawfordsburn Country Park provides a relaxing natural retreat.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
  6. Photo of a lady and gent dressed in clothing from early 1900's outside of one of the cottages. The lady is standing holding a chicken and the gent is
    Image of a group of ladies and gents dressed in old fashioned clothing visiting the on site Picture House
    Photo of one of the beautiful thatched houses and lush gardens on site at Ulster Folk Museum
    Image of a lady dressed in old fashioned clothing pouring milk into her mixing bowl as she bakes scones or soda bread
    Photo of a gent dressed in old fashioned clothing in his workshop. There is a flaming fire and sparks are flying as he works on a piece of iron
    Photo of a gent dressed in old fashioned clothing giving a talk to a group of visitors to the museum
    A photo of a visiting couple to the dressmaking shop in early 1900's Ballycultra village within the museum. The lady is admiring a hat presented to he
    Photo of a lady and gent dressed in clothing from early 1900's outside of one of the cottages. The lady is standing holding a chicken and the gent is
    Image of a group of ladies and gents dressed in old fashioned clothing visiting the on site Picture House
    Photo of one of the beautiful thatched houses and lush gardens on site at Ulster Folk Museum
    Image of a lady dressed in old fashioned clothing pouring milk into her mixing bowl as she bakes scones or soda bread
    Photo of a gent dressed in old fashioned clothing in his workshop. There is a flaming fire and sparks are flying as he works on a piece of iron
    Photo of a gent dressed in old fashioned clothing giving a talk to a group of visitors to the museum
    A photo of a visiting couple to the dressmaking shop in early 1900's Ballycultra village within the museum. The lady is admiring a hat presented to he

    Holywood

    Address

    153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood, County Down, BT18 0EU

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9042 8428

    Price

    Price Free to £25.00 Per Ticket

    Type

    Type:

    Visitor Centres & Museums

    Step back in time and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Explore thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Ulster Folk Museum.

    Price

    Price Free to £25.00 Per Ticket

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Dogs accepted by arrangement

    Facilities

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
  7. arial photo of part of the lough
    photo of some grass at the shore of the lough
    photograph showing a field of sunflowers
    a photo showing the lough with the mountains in the background
    arial photo of part of the lough
    photo of some grass at the shore of the lough
    photograph showing a field of sunflowers
    a photo showing the lough with the mountains in the background

    Newtownards

    Address

    8 Ballyquintin Road, Portaferry, Newtownards, County Down, BT22 1RG

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 4461 5520

    Type

    Type:

    Nature and Wildlife

    Ballyquintin Nature Reserve includes Ballyquintin Point at the tip of the Ards Peninsula, County Down where the Irish Sea enters Strangford Lough.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)
  8. a photograph of two people dressed in old clothing with a goat and a chicken outside some cottages
    a photograph of a man with a horse talking to a mother and daughter
    two men and a young boy operating a piece of old-time machinery on the side of the road
    a photograph of a little girl and a brown donkey
    a photo of a group of people in a horse-drawn carriage next to a white cottage
    a photograph of a man, woman and a girl looking at a horse
    a photograph of a man operating machinery
    a photograph of a woman in old maid's clothing doing some baking
    a photograph of a woman operating an old-time sewing machine
    a photograph of two people dressed in old clothing with a goat and a chicken outside some cottages
    a photograph of a man with a horse talking to a mother and daughter
    two men and a young boy operating a piece of old-time machinery on the side of the road
    a photograph of a little girl and a brown donkey
    a photo of a group of people in a horse-drawn carriage next to a white cottage
    a photograph of a man, woman and a girl looking at a horse
    a photograph of a man operating machinery
    a photograph of a woman in old maid's clothing doing some baking
    a photograph of a woman operating an old-time sewing machine

    Holywood

    Address

    Ulster Folk &Transport Museum, 153 Bangor Road, Holywood, County Down, BT18 0EU

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9042 8428

    Type

    Type:

    Visitor Centres & Museums

    Stroll back in time and uncover a way of life on the farms of 100 years ago. Through their daily tasks, meet the people who lived on the land and looked after the animals. There was always plenty for everyone to do – and it’s still the same today!

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Dogs accepted by arrangement

    Facilities

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
  9. Photo of two children with woolly hats on running through the autumn leaves of the park
    Photo of sign saying Ballymenoch Park with maintained flower bed in background
    Photo of two children with woolly hats on running through the autumn leaves of the park
    Photo of sign saying Ballymenoch Park with maintained flower bed in background

    Holywood

    Address

    Bangor Road, Holywood, County Down, BT19 6JF

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9127 0069

    Type

    Type:

    Public Park

    A lovely park perfect for families located only a short distance from Holywood.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
  10. Image of the ruins at sunset with the light of the sun shining onto the remnants of the building
    Photo of beautiful Cloughey beach and boardwalk
    Image of the ruins at sunset with the light of the sun shining onto the remnants of the building
    Photo of beautiful Cloughey beach and boardwalk

    Cloughey

    Address

    Ardminnan Road, Cloughey, County Down, BT22 1QJ

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9182 6846

    Type

    Type:

    Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings

    On the coast, two thirds of a mile south east of Cloughey village. This house appears to have been built about 1634 by Roland Savage, a cadet of the Ardkeen family.

  11. Photo of role play character in dress as a soldier within a set depicting a bunker featuring a bed, tools, water tank
    Photo of museum exterior and grassland to front
    Photo of staged set that depicts soldier life in the war. The image shows a map, headphones, a gas lamp and some gear
    A staged set with a dummy model of a soldier in gear in ditch holding a gun over sandbags on alert
    Image of staged bunker set showcasing life in war, featuring uniforms, sleep set up and dining set up as well as everyday items used to survive the wa
    Image of doorway leading to hall
    Photo's of an officers office setting featuring signs and posters encouraging men to enlist to the war, as well as featuring gear and accessories of t
    Image of food storage in a bunker setting as it would have looked in the war setting
    Photo of green hut exterior where some of the museum displays are featured
    Close up photo of some items belonging to soldiers of war such as diaries and keepsakes
    Photo of role play character in dress as a soldier within a set depicting a bunker featuring a bed, tools, water tank
    Photo of museum exterior and grassland to front
    Photo of staged set that depicts soldier life in the war. The image shows a map, headphones, a gas lamp and some gear
    A staged set with a dummy model of a soldier in gear in ditch holding a gun over sandbags on alert
    Image of staged bunker set showcasing life in war, featuring uniforms, sleep set up and dining set up as well as everyday items used to survive the wa
    Image of doorway leading to hall
    Photo's of an officers office setting featuring signs and posters encouraging men to enlist to the war, as well as featuring gear and accessories of t
    Image of food storage in a bunker setting as it would have looked in the war setting
    Photo of green hut exterior where some of the museum displays are featured
    Close up photo of some items belonging to soldiers of war such as diaries and keepsakes

    Newtownards

    Address

    233 Bangor Road, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 7PH

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9182 3202

    Type

    Type:

    Visitor Centres & Museums

    The Museum examines Ireland's role in the 1st World War with special reference to the cross-community involvement in the 3 local volunteer Divisions: the 10th and 16th (Irish) Divisions and the 36th (Ulster) Division.

    Facilities

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking

    Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Wifi
  12. Image of the front exterior of The Priory showing the tower, and two tall trees to forefront

    Newtownards

    Address

    Court Street, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 7NY

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9082 3207

    Type

    Type:

    Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings

    At the south east edge of Newtownards these substantial remains of a Dominican (Black) Friary founded in 1244 may be viewed. They are the only ones of their type in Northern Ireland.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)
  13. Ards Arts Centre
    Exhibition space in Ards Arts Centre
    A man viewing exhibition pieces at Ards Arts Centre
    A piece of art on exhibition in Ards Arts Centre
    Ards Arts Centre
    Exhibition space in Ards Arts Centre
    A man viewing exhibition pieces at Ards Arts Centre
    A piece of art on exhibition in Ards Arts Centre

    Newtownards

    Address

    Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 4NP

    Telephone

    028 9181 0803

    Type

    Type:

    Art Gallery

    Located in Newtownards’ beautifully restored Georgian Town Hall in the centre of town, the Ards Arts Centres a welcoming space which supports a wide range of community arts activities alongside our own initiatives.

  14. Photo of walkway through leafy Castle Park
    Image of a walkway and woodland steps surrounded by leafy green trees and pink flowers
    Photo showing North Down Museum opening sign with Town Hall in backdrop
    Photo of Bangor Castle Walled Garden arches and flowers. The Garden is located within Castle Park grounds.
    Photo showing the embossed words Edward Ward 1852, the date the Town Hall was erected
    Photo of Town Hall/Bangor Castle in the sunshine framed by leafy tree branches
    Photo of walkway through leafy Castle Park
    Image of a walkway and woodland steps surrounded by leafy green trees and pink flowers
    Photo showing North Down Museum opening sign with Town Hall in backdrop
    Photo of Bangor Castle Walled Garden arches and flowers. The Garden is located within Castle Park grounds.
    Photo showing the embossed words Edward Ward 1852, the date the Town Hall was erected
    Photo of Town Hall/Bangor Castle in the sunshine framed by leafy tree branches

    Bangor

    Address

    Castle Park Avenue, Bangor, County Down, BT20 4BT

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 28 9127 0069

    Type

    Type:

    Nature and Wildlife

    Stroll through this beautiful wooded wonderland which is an exhilarating experience throughout the seasons.

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Dogs accepted by arrangement

    Facilities

    Provider Preferences

    • Free (parking charges may apply)

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
View Maps and Visitor Guides
View of what Ards and North Down has to offer and some of the best things to see and do during a visit.
E-newsletter sign up
Sign up for the Ards and North Down newsletter for inspiration and travel tips.
Back to Top

Tourism Northern Ireland

Don't Miss