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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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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.


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.

Castle Ward House and Demesne

Castle Ward House and Demesne

Co Down

This 18th century house has two distinctly different facades, Classical and Gothic. The beautiful 820 acre walled demesne overlooks Strangford Lough. A fascinating mix of family history, leisure pursuits, events and industrial heritage.

Kearney village / Co. Down

Kearney Village

Co Down

Owned by the National Trust, it is a picturesque 18th century fishing village with scenic coastal walks. There is an abundance of wildlife to be seen. A small visitor centre is open from dawn to dusk, as are the public toilets and car park.

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.

Bagenal's Castle front view / Newry / co. Down

Bagenal's Castle and Newry and Mourne Museum

Co Down

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

Golf Royal County Down

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 magnificent backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne.

Down County Museum Exterior

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 gaolers.

Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Mount Stewart

Co Down

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.

Saint Patrick's Centre - External

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.

Strangford Lough Ferry

Strangford Lough Ferry

Co Down

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

Scrabo Tower and Country Park

Scrabo Tower

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.

Greencastle Royal Castle

Greencastle Royal Castle

Co Down

Commanding the mouth of Carlingford Lough, the Castle 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.

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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Somme Heritage Centre

Co Down

The Museum 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.

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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.


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.

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.

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