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. 

Gardens

Rowallane Garden - Saintfield Ballynahinch County Down Northern Ireland
Rowallane Garden
Saintfield, Co. Down
Rowallane is at its most glorious in spring and autumn, thanks to the display of rhododendrons and azaleas and the final blaze of glory of ornamental trees and shrubs, but it is a lovely place at any time of year. The 52 acre demesne near the old ...

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 ...

Self Catering

Selfcatering
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 ...

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

Tourist Attractions

Belfast Zoo - Belfast Northern Ireland
Belfast Zoo
Belfast, Co. Antrim
Belfast Zoo is on a 55 acre site and is home to over 1,000 animals across 150 species and is the top fee-paying visitor attraction in Northern Ireland, receiving more than 300,000 visitors a year.

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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