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Make the most of Northern Ireland – just two hours away. From seaside spa resorts, cosy hotels and National Trust treasures to Giant and Titanic attractions, head north for a break to remember.

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Tollymore Forest Park

Co Down

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.

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WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre

Co Down

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.

Castle Ward, County Down

Castle Ward House and Demesne

Co Down

Situated in a stunning location overlooking Strangford Lough, the lawns rise up to the unique 18th century house and its Gothic façade. Wooded walks, adventure centre & horse trails are just a glimpse of what is on offer here.

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The Saint Patrick Centre

Co Down

The Saint Patrick Centre is the starting point for any visitor who wishes to know more about Ireland’s patron saint. The exhibition Ego Patricius – The Story of St. Patrick, explores Patrick’s legacy, and recalls the saint’s story, in his own words.

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Royal County Down Golf Club

Co Down

Royal County Down is located in one of the world's most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Against the magnificant backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne.

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Kearney Village

Co Down

Owned by the National Trust, it is a picturesque village, composed of whitewashed cottages.
Kearney, is a picturesque 18th century fishing village restored by National Trust with scenic coastal walks. There is an abundance of wildlife to be seen, including birds and coastal flowers. A small visitor centre is open from dawn to dusk, as are the public toilets and car park. Disabled Toilet also.

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Bagenal's Castle and Newry and Mourne Museum

Co Down

Bagenal’s Castle located in historic Newry is a 16th century house and adjoining 19th Century warehouse, and has been sympathetically restored to house Newry & Mourne Museum and the local Tourist Information Centre.

Mount Stewart House & Gardens

Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Co Down

The famous gardens at Mount Stewart were planted in the 1920s by Edith, Lady Londonderry and are of international importance. The magnificent series of outdoor 'rooms' contain many rare plants that thrive in the mild climate.

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Somme Heritage Centre

Co Down

The centre 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.

Strangford Lough Ferry

Strangford Lough Ferry

Co Down

Take the ferry between Strangford and Portaferry with a typicall crossing time of about 8 minutes.

Down County Museum

Down County Museum

Co Down

Down County Museum is located in the old county gaol of Down. It houses fascinating exhibitions on the history of Down as well as restored cells with life-size figures of prisoners and their jailers.

F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio

FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio

Co Down

An award winning art gallery dedicated to the memory of world-renowned sculptor Frederick Edward McWilliam who was born in Banbridge.

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Strangford Sea Safari

Co Down

12 seater high speed Rib trips in Strangford Lough area.

Managed by the Clearsky Adventure Centre, we offer tours with a difference along this stunning coastline.

Visit the seals, Islands, Shipwreck, Sea Gen and pumping whirlpools of ...

Greencastle Royal Castle

Greencastle Royal Castle

This royal castle, commanding the mouth of Carlingford Lough has an eventful history. It was built in the 13th century, taken by Edward Bruce in 1316, attacked at least twice by the Irish in the late 14th century and maintained as a garrison up to 1590.

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Down Cathedral and Saint Patrick's Grave

Co Down

Down Cathedral, a Cathedral of the Church of Ireland with magnificent stain glass windows, box pews and beautiful organ case was built in 1183 as a Benedictine Monastry. The patron saint, Patrick is believed to be buried in the nearby graveyard.

Scrabo Tower and Country Park

Scrabo Tower and Country Park

Co Down

Scrabo Country Park is centred at the top of Scrabo Hill near Newtownards and boasts incredible views over Strangford Lough and the surrounding countryside.

Nendrum Monastic Site

Nendrum Monastic Site

Co Down

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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Dundrum Castle

Co Down

Believed to have been built in or around 1177, Dundrum Castle was built by John De Courcy as part of his coastal defence after he invaded Ulster. Dundrum Castle is located on a wooded hill north-west of Dundrum village near Newcastle.

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