Newtownards, Co. Down

This old manufacturing and market garden town, is a bit inland from the head of Strangford Lough and dates back to the 13th Century, when a Dominican Priory was founded by Walter de Burgh.  The town is a good spot to enjoy diving on Strangford Lough. 

Mount Stewart House and Gardens (0044 28 42 788 387) has some beautiful walks around the garden and tours of the house which houses art and ornate furniture. 

Golfers are spoilt for choice in this area, with three courses in close proximity: Kirkistown Golf Club (0044 28 42 771 233), Scrabo golf course (0044 28 91 812 355), Mahee Island golf course (0044 28 97 541 234) and Clandyboye golf course (0044 28 91 271 767). 

Scrabo Country Park and tower offers picturesque walks through Kilynether wood, with a wealth of birdlife and wild flowers and stunning views over Strangford Lough. 

There is an open farm nearby which has 30 rare breed species of farm animals on 40 acres of countryside. 

The historical old Walters Church is worth a visit as the ruins include a 17th Century tower in the court square. 


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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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

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

Castlewellan Community Centre


Tara Haughian +44 (0)28 4377 8655
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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

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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