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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

Mount Stewart House & Gardens - Newtownards County Down Northern Ireland
Mount Stewart House & Gardens
Newtownards, Co. Down
Inspired by Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry, Mount Stewart is surely a contender for the most splendid garden in Ireland. The influential Londonderrys were part of the golden circle of their day and, when Edith came to Mount Stewart in 1919, sh ...
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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

Castle Ward House & Demesne - Strangford County Down Northern Ireland
Castle Ward House & Demesne
Strangford Village, Co. Down
This truly beautiful 332-hectare (820-acre) walled demesne with walking trails, exotic garden, stunning vistas and picturesque farmyard, will unlock your imagination through family history, leisure pursuits, events and industrial heritage. Th ...
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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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