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Downpatrick, Co. Down

The historic town of Downpatrick illustrates the North’s history of architecture in the centre of the town, with a wide Georgian mall that leads past the Down County museum and up to Down Cathedral. 

St Patrick’s grave is marked by a block of Mourne granite in the graveyard of the cathedral.  The Saint Patrick centre (0044 28 44 619 000) is an informative exhibition which tells the story of Ireland’s patron saint, housed in a new building which gives close access to St Patrick’s grave and the Cathedral. 

The Castle Ward National Trust estate (0044 28 44 881 204) is nearby, where visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent Georgian mansion, with an ornamental lake, a temple, a lovely demesne and wildlife centre which houses an exhibition on Strangford Lough.  The Castle Ward estate offers beautiful walks and after visiting the estate once, it will be soon become a firm favourite. 

Inch Abbey is worth a visit, a ruined Norman foundation, situated on the edge of the Quoile River.  Quoile Pondage is a fresh water nature reserve with a visitor centre next to the ruined 17th Century castle.   

Gardens

Mount Stewart House & Gardens - Newtownards County Down Northern Ireland
Mount Stewart House & Gardens
Newtownards, Co. Down
Inspired by Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry, Mount Stewart is surely a contender for the most splendid garden in Ireland. The influential Londonderrys were part of the golden circle of their day and, when Edith came to Mount Stewart in 1919, sh ...
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Golf

The 16th
Royal County Down Golf Club
Newcastle, Co. Down
Course Type: Links
Widely regarded as one of the finest links courses in the world, Royal County Down has an appropriate setting at Newcastle, where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea. For more than 100 years it had nestled on classic duneland, in the sh ...
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There is no featured selfcatering establishment in the area

What's On

Park Shopping Centre - Belfast - Thursdays
 Farmers Market - The Park Shopping Centre Belfast

Thursdays 10-4pm

Contact: Sean McArdle - 087 6115016 info@irishfarmersmarkets.ie

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Tourist Attractions

Queens University - Queens University Belfast - Belfast Northern Ireland
Queens University
Belfast, Co. Antrim
Founded as Queen’s College in 1845, it became a university in its own right in 1908. Today, it is an international centre of research and education rooted at the heart of Northern Ireland. With more than 17,000 students and 3,500 staff, ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Ten Square Hotel
Belfast, Co. Antrim
This luxurious boutique hotel directly overlooking the historical City Hall is Belfast’s coolest place to stay and makes an ultra romantic location for wedding venues - especially if you hire their Phantom Rolls Royce for the day (£1, ...
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