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Holywood, Co. Down

This prosperous satellite town of Belfast has lots to offer the visitor including excellent restaurants, cafes along the busy main street and interesting historical sites including the 13th century clock tower and Holywood Motte, which is an earthen mound located off Brook Street in the centre of the town which was almost certainly a 12th century Norman motte. 

The nearby Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (+44 (0) 28 9042 8428, open all year) is an impressive display of engines, coaches and is the home of the Irish railway collection.  The folk part of the park takes visitors on a journey around a typical 19th century Ulster town including farmhouses, a school and a corner shop. 

Golfers will enjoy a round at Royal Belfast Golf Course (+44 (0) 28 9042 8165), which is reputedly one of the finest 18 hole parkland settings in the game, or there is the choice of Holywood Golf Course (+44 (0) 28 9042 3135), established in 1904.   


Guincho - Garden Helens Bay Bangor County Down Northern ireland
Bangor, Co. Down
On a very grand scale indeed, this 12 acre garden surrounding an unusual Portuguese style house is a place to experience unforgettable sights, scents and sounds. It would be worth a visit for gorgeous hydrangea ‘Sea Foam’ alone, glimm ...
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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

The Colonel's Lodge
Holywood, Co. Down
The Colonel's Lodge is set in the garden of Beech Hill Country House bed and breakfast. It is a converted grain store with a small double bedroom under the rafters in an open gallery upstairs , a small single bedroom dow ...
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What's On

Belfast - St. Georges Street - Saturdays
Every Saturday 9am-4pm

St. Georges Street, Belfast

Contact: Andrew Irvine 00 44 (0) 28 9027 0509

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Tourist Attractions

Somme Heritage Centre - Newtownards County Down Northern Ireland
Somme Heritage Centre
Newtownards, Co. Down
Opened in 1994 as a tourist attraction and educational facility. The Centre examines Ireland's role in the First World War with special reference to local cross community involvement in the three volunteer divisions raised in Ireland: the 10th an ...
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Wedding Venues

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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