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  1. Come along to Ballycopeland Windmill for a guided tour. See up close the original mill machinery and find out why this mill is of international significance and see recent conservation works!
    1. There will be a guided tour and historical talk about how the Non Subscribing Presbyterian Meeting House came to be built in this area in 1834.
      1. Dating from 1852, Bangor Castle (the Town Hall) is home to North Down Museum. This beautiful stately home was once home to the Hon Robert Edward Ward – brother of the third Viscount of Bangor and High Sheriff of Down – and its elegant architecture is rendered in the Elizabethan-Jacobean Revival style.
        1. Cultra Manor
          Enjoy an in depth visit to Cultra Manor.
          1. A church has stood on this spot from the Medieval period and over the years has grown and blossomed into the building that you will see on your visit.
            1. Grey Abbey is one of the best examples of Anglo-Norman Cistercian architecture in Ulster. Founded in 1193 by John De Courcy’s wife Affreca and dissolved in 1541. Grey Abbey volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions and provide information.
              1. Come and learn more about this Fort which was completed in 1907 with, at its heart, two massive 6 inch diameter guns which commanded the entrance to Belfast Lough.
                1. Mount Stewart Garden
                  Mount Stewart house has always been a ‘home’ for the Londonderry family, a place that has been touched by the various generations who have loved it.
                  1. Come and visit Nendrum Monastic Site during EHOD 2022, guides will be present to enhance your experience. Nendrum is associated with St Mochaoi who died at the end of the 5th century, and is linked with St Patrick in a much later source.
                    1. Helens Tower
                      Visitors have the opportunity to see the conservation work of Irish Landmark Trust while enjoying a tour of this romantic castellated tower. Situated deep within the Clandeboye Estate, the tower has incredible views over the surrounding countryside. This unique building is now available as holiday accommodation sleeping two people in a romantic getaway.
                      1. Portaferry Methodist Church
                        Come and enjoy the history and heritage of Portaferry Methodist Church, the oldest still worshipping Methodist Church in Ireland.
                        1. The walled Garden
                          Our Grade B1 listed Victorian Walled Garden was built in 1886 by local linen and muslin merchant, Thomas Workman.
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                            Discover the stories, embrace the folklore and indulge in our rich heritage. We boast experiences that will really give you insight into our fascinating culture and history.
                          2. Ulster-Scots in Ards and North Down
                            It was May 1606 when Scottish families began to settle in the Ards and North Down, led by James Hamilton and Hugh Montgomery from Ayrshire, following the land deal they had struck with Con O’Neill of Castlereagh. Find out how they influenced our land making it what it is today.
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