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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

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 ...
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Golf

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Royal Belfast Golf Club
Craigavad, Co. Down
Course Type: Parkland
Founded on November 9th 1881, the Royal Belfast Golf Club is the oldest club in Ireland and has a delightful, parkland setting on the shores of Belfast Lough. Its formation proved to be the inspiration for the growth of the game in Ireland. Th ...
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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

Portadown Market - County Armagh - Friday & Saturday
Portadown Farmers Market is held Friday and Saturday 7.00am to 4.00pm.

Millenium Court, William Street, Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
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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 ...
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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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