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The Old Inn

The Old Inn

Step through the doors of The Old Inn to experience nearly 400 years of history. The Old Inn stands on one of Ireland’s most ancient highways. Centuries of history sit snugly under the thatched roof of this delightful, historic Coaching Inn.

Copeland Island Bird Observatory

Copeland Island Bird Observatory

The Copeland Islands is a group of three islands in the North Irish Sea, situated 3.6km off the coast from Donaghadee in County Down, Northern Ireland. Lighthouse Island is now owned by the National Trust and operated by volunteer members of the Copeland Bird Observatory. The ruins of the original keepers’ house have been rebuilt to house a bird observatory.

Light Ship Petrel

Light Ship Petrel

The Light Ship Petrel was built in 1915 by the Dublin Dockyard Co for the Commissioners of Irish Lights and is the only lightship still afloat in Ireland. A crucial element of lightship design is the mounting of a light on a sufficiently tall mast.

Global Rainbow at Scrabo Tower

Global Rainbow at Scrabo Tower

A stunning laser projection artwork, Global Rainbow, was beamed from Scrabo Tower in Newtownards towards Donaghadee.

Ballycopeland Windmill

Ballycopeland Windmill

This historical visitor attraction was built in the late 18th or early 19th century and worked until the First World War after which it gradually fell into disrepair. Now restored to full working order the plastered and white-washed tapering tower is a landmark in the area.

Holywood Priory

Holywood Priory

Holywood’s rich ecclesiastical heritage is represented today by its most distinctive building, the Old Priory.

Bangor Castle Walled Garden

Bangor Castle Walled Garden

The Ward family designed the Bangor Castle Walled Garden in the 1840s. It was previously unopen to the public and was considered by many as a secret garden!

North Down Museum

North Down Museum

Learn something of the fascinating saga of the area in Northern Ireland’s most visited small museum, located around a covered courtyard at the rear of Bangor Castle.

Bangor Marina

Bangor Marina

Bangor Marina is Northern Ireland’s biggest and most prestigious marina. It is the setting for a variety of major sailing and tourist events each year.

North Down Coastal Path

North Down Coastal Path

The North Down Coastal Path is one of the finest shoreline walks in Ireland. It extends along the southern shore of Belfast Lough from Holywood to Portavoe near Groomsport.

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