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Discovery Hub: Donaghadee Harbour

Ards Visitor Information Centre, 31 Regent Street, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 4AD
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In the Ards Visitor Information Centre, in Newtownards, you can enjoy an exhibit in their Discovery Hub on Donaghadee Harbour by the Donaghadee Heritage Preservation Company. The exhibition will display the story behind the harbour which today is recognised internationally as being part of the fictional town of 'Port Devine' in the BBC series, Hope Street.

Donaghadee harbour was built in the 1820s and designed by John Rennie. Since then, the harbour has been used by many different types of vessels. Sailing ships, steam ships bringing coal, the fishermen with their yawls and, later, trawlers have all called to Donaghadee Harbour. Boat trips to the Copeland Islands were a popular attraction in the summer months and the Harbour has had a lifeboat station since 1910. The Harbour with its iconic lighthouse is still an important part of this historic coastal town and the perfect place to take a stroll by the sea.

The Harbour with its iconic lighthouse is still an important part of this historic coastal town and the perfect place to take a stroll by the sea.

Find out more about Donaghadee and view some fascinating images of the Harbour throughout its history in this interesting display. Free admission.

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