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Portaferry, Co. Down

This picturesque seaside town on the east side of Strangford Lough, at the end of the Ards peninsula has an attractive long low waterfront of cottages, terraces, pubs and small shops which look out over the ferry to Strangford. 

Portaferry has a lot to offer the visitor and is rich in history.  One of the most popular attractions is the Exploris Aquarium (0044 28 42 728 062), which includes live displays of the wildlife that s to be found in the Irish sea, with a touch tank and an open sea tank. 

Portaferry Castle is will give visitors a sense of history of the area as the tower of the castle dates back to around the 16th Century. 

Local historic buildings of interest also include the Derry Churches, a north and south church, the south church dating around the 10th Century and the north church includes a small Celtic cross. 

Golfers will enjoy a round at the Ardminnan golf club (0044 28 42 771 321).   

Gardens

Garden
Redcot
Belfast, Co. Antrim
This two and a half acre garden in suburban Knock is as unexpected as it is full of surprises. In its hidden heart the woodland glade is a Robinsonian paradise where plants from all over the world romp in happy abandon under a sheltered canopy of ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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
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Tourist Attractions

Queens University - Queens University Belfast - Belfast Northern Ireland
Queens University
Belfast, Co. Antrim
Founded as Queen’s College in 1845, it became a university in its own right in 1908. Today, it is an international centre of research and education rooted at the heart of Northern Ireland. With more than 17,000 students and 3,500 staff, ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Hastings Culloden Estate & Spa
Holywood, Co. Down
Formerly the official palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden is romantically set in beautifully maintained gardens and woodland overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline. The building is a fine example of 19th-century Sc ...
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