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Top Picks - County Down

County Down offers a perfect blend of history, culture, scenic attractions and plenty of things to do...

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Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle

Oak wood from Tollymore Forest Park was used for the interiors of the White Star liners which included the Titanic. A walk along the Shimna River is marked by many curiosities, natural and artificial - rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves.

Castlewellan Forest Park & Peace Maze, Castlewellan

Located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most oustanding tree and shrub collections in Europe. The beauty, vigour and perfect shape of the trees in the National Aboretum attract tree enthusiasts from around the world.

Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, Ballynahinch

This unique garden has grown from the 19th-century beginnings of the Reverend John Moore and his nephew Hugh Armytage Moore, their vision created a place where you can leave the world behind and immerse yourself in nature's beauty.

Mount Stewart, Newtownards

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.

Murlough National Nature Reserve, Dundrum, Newcastle

Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust and managed as Ireland’s first Nature Reserve since 1967. It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching.

Nendrum Monastic Site, Comber, Newtownards

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.

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