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Scrabo Tower

Scrabo Tower

Scrabo Tower is easily one of the areas most recognisable landmarks, situated at the head of Strangford Lough overlooking the old Market Town of Newtownards. On a clear day the views from this monument are astounding.

Greencastle Royal Castle

Greencastle Royal Castle

Built in the 17th Century by Hugh de Lacy to defend the southern approaches to Ulster, this royal castle stands on a rocky height beside Carlingford Lough. From here it has commanded the ferry link with Carlingford and defended sea and land communications.

Grey Abbey

Grey Abbey

These splendid ruins of a Cistercian Abbey church and conventual buildings are the finest example of Anglo-Norman ecclesiastical architecture in Northern Ireland.

Holywood Town

Holywood Town

The Jewel in North Down

Holywood was named Sanctus Boscus (“Holy Wood”) by the Normans after the woodland surrounding a monastery founded by St Laiseran before 640. It was on the site of the present ruins of the medieval Old Priory. In the present day, the name is pronounced identically to “Hollywood.”

Bangor Town

Bangor Town

Bangor is a picturesque maritime resort located only 12 miles from the heart of Belfast. For more than 150 years the Bangor area has been one of Northern Ireland’s main tourist destinations providing for the pleasure of trippers and tourists.

Groomsport Coastal Village

Groomsport Coastal Village

The beautiful village of Groomsport, just ten minutes from Bangor, is best known for it’s picturesque harbour that was once a major fishing port and it’s two fishermans cottages known as Cockle Row.

Ballywalter Estate

Ballywalter Estate

An Italianate palazzo mansion constructed by Charles Lanyon for Andrew Mulholland, great, great, great grandfather of the present owner. An opportunity to see how Victorian grandeur is matched with a contemporary twist.

Portaferry Presbyterian Church

Portaferry Presbyterian Church

Portaferry Presbyterian Church was built in 1841, in the Greek revival style, possibly using the Temple of Nemesis on the Greek Island of Rhamnous as a model. This Greek Doric temple, designed by the Belfast architect John Millar, is tucked away behind High Street and the buildings fronting The Square. In spite of its architectural importance and dominance of the area in which it stands, it is not particularly well known outside the locality.

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre stands as a state of the art outdoor centre and is located on the northern edge of the Mourne Mountains

F. E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio

F. E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio

The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio in Banbridge is dedicated to the memory of Banbridge-born sculptor Frederick Edward McWilliam, one of Ireland’s most influential and successful artists.

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Antrim Town

Antrim is the county town of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Antrim is a small town not frequently visited by tourists, yet it is one of the more historic towns in Northern Ireland with many interesting sights and buildings of historic note.

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