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

Seaforde Gardens - Seaforde Downpatrick County Down Northern ireland
Seaforde Gardens
Downpatrick, Co. Down
In its own way Seaforde has the answer to Japan’s cherry blossom viewing season. The garden holds the national collection of eucryphias, known poetically as the ‘White Knights of August’. Gleaming with clouds of white blossom cr ...

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 ...

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 ...

What's On

Castlewellan Farmers Market - Co Down - Saturdays
Castlewellan Farmers Market - Saturday 10am-1pm

Castlewellan Community Centre

Contact:

Tara Haughian +44 (0)28 4377 8655 tara@secondnature.ie

Tourist Attractions

Ulster Museum - Belfast Northern Ireland
Ulster Museum
Belfast, Co. Antrim
Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces with a visit to the Ulster Museum. As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, the museum is home to a rich collection of art, history an ...

Wedding Venues

Wedding
Clandeboye Estate
Bangor, Co. Down
The beauty of this romantic wedding venues that it is still a private estate, and there will never be more than one wedding held here on any day. There is a church on the estate, but it is not available for public use; however, there are churches ...
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