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Hillsborough, Co. Down

16km (10 m) south of Belfast, this very picturesque Georgian town boasts a steep main street, with antique and craft shops. 

Across the town square the mansion house of Hillsborough Castle is visible, through a pair of impressive wrought iron gates.  A prominent feature of the east and south approaches to Hillsborough is a five mile wall surrounding a lake and its adjoining forest. 

At the gates of Hillsborough Castle is the Hillsborough heritage centre and visitors can find out more about the town at the Hillsborough Tourist centre (0044 28 92 689 717).  The castle itself is a fine artillery fort, 270 square foot, built around 1650. 

Hillsborough plays host to a heritage festival every year (0044 28 92 682 477), with battle re-enactments and an old time fair. 

The 40 acre lake at Hillsborough offers anglers excellent brown and rainbow trout, with fishing spots set in the forest around the lake.   

Gardens

Annas House and Garden - Comber County Down Northern Ireland
Anna's House & Garden
Comber, Co. Down
Anna and Ken Johnson’s charming house near Strangford Lough looks over their own ten-acre wildfowl lake to the rolling north Down countryside, and not only does it make a comfortable base for visits to major County Down gardens three Nati ...
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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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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Golfkeel Cottages - Oatfield Cottage , The Loft Cottage, Dovedale Cottage
Banbridge, Co. Down
Located one mile from the town of Banbridge the tranquil and peaceful surroundings Golfkeel Cottages are are set in their own private grounds wit secure private parking and offer spectacular panoramic views of the rolling countryside and the Moun ...
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What's On

Lisburn Market - County Antrim - Saturdays
Lisburn Market

Every Saturday

Castle Gardens close to the City Centre. Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Contact: Suzanna Lutton. Number:+44 (0)28 9250 94 ...
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Tourist Attractions

Titanic Belfast - Titanic Exhibition Belfast - Belfast Northern Ireland
Titanic Belfast
Belfast, Co. Antrim
Titanic Belfast extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insi ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Newforge House
Craigavon, Co. Armagh
John and Louise Mathers’ fine Georgian country house is less than half an hour’s drive southwest of Belfast yet, in a wonderful setting of mature trees, gardens and green fields on the edge of the quiet village of Magheralin, it feels ...
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