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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.

Mount Stewart House and Gardens, Newtownards

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.

Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, Ballynahinch

An enchanting garden enclosed within a demesne landscape. It was laid out from the mid-1860’s by the Reverend John Moore and afterwards by his nephew, the plantsman and selector Hugh Armytage Moore.

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.

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.

Killyleagh Castle, Killyleagh, Downpatrick

Killyleagh Castle was described by Harold Nicholson over a century ago as"..pricking castellated ears above the smoke of of its own village and towering like some chateau of the Loire above the tides of Strangford Lough." It could be said that ...

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