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Destination Guide

County Down

County Down

Tourist Information

County Down is situated in the north east of the island of Ireland, adjoined to the Southeast shore of Loch Neagh in the North East corner of Ireland. It is home to the Mountains of Mourne Mountains which has been named as an area of outstanding natural beauty where there are at least a dozen peaks in the mountains (one of Ireland’s unique landscapes). The county is also home to other great attractions including the Ulster Folk, Transport Museum, Tollymore Forest Park and the coastal town of Bangor. Surrounded yourself with the majestic mountains and scenic landscapes from the hit TV series Game of Thrones. Down is the perfect county to have a hotel break.

If you only have a few days, here is what you must see and do!

Mourne Mountains
The Mourne Mountains located in the south east of Northern Ireland and within an area of outstanding beauty includes the highest mountains in Northern Ireland. Visited by many tourists, hill walkers, cyclists and rock climbers, the Mourne Mountains are famous for challenging peaks, gentle slopes and crystalline lakes rising above 850 metres. The inspiration for C.S Lewis “Narnia” you will not need to step into a wardrobe to find striking landscapes, heritage, lakes and wonderful wildlife.

Tollymore Forest
Tollymore Forest Park was the first state forest park in the Northern Ireland, located in the town of New Castle in almost 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. Within the park, you can walk along the river Shimna which has many features including bridges, grottos and caves. Elsewhere in the park scenery lovers can examine forest plots, exotic trees such as monkey puzzle and eucalyptus or admire the tall giant redwoods. This park is fantastic area for many activities including walking, camping, horse riding and has a fantastic nature play space for kids.

Exploris Aquarium
Located in the heart of Portaferry, discover a sea kingdom for small and big kids alike. Discover diverse species via the newly installed AV information screens and you can enjoy a diverse view of marine life from the native fish to the colourful coral reefs. Brave the Exploris Aquarium touch which is entertaining and educational. You can also experience the tropical oceans before entering the dark depths of the Amazon Rainforest where you can see shimmering sakes and crocodiles in the glass view area. Perfect for families!

Mount Stewart Roam
Currently seeking World Heritage Status from UNESCO, Mount Stewart is located on the Shores of Strangford Lough and is Northern Ireland much loved home. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the Londonderry Family and the important role it has played in local and international history. Voted as one of the top ten gardens in the world, this is a must see attraction where visitors can enjoy the picturesque scenery and beautifully landscaped grounds.

Ulster Folk and Museum Transport
Situated in Cultra, Northern Ireland, The Ulster Folk and Museum Transport uncovers a way of life from 100 years ago. Comprised into two separate museums, discover cottages, farms, schools and shops whilst chatting to costumed visitors guides demonstrating traditional crafts in the Ulster Folk. Or explore the sensation of flight bursting with horse drawn carriages, electric trams, motorbikes, fire engines and vintage cars as well as stepping aboard around the majestic steam locomotives within the Transport Museum. Visitors can also explore the parkland to meet a variety of farm animals.

St Patrick's Exhibition Centre 
Sit in peace and tranquillity in Downpatrick, the final resting place of St Patrick within the grounds of Down Cathedral where his grave is. You can then tour the St Patricks Exhibition Centre in Downpatrick where visitors can explore the legacy of Patrick the Saint’s own story in his own words. This is an ideal starting point for any visitor who wishes to know about Ireland’s patron saint.

Castle Ward (Game of Throne Location)
HBO Game of Thrones worldwide phenomenon was filmed at castle wards, located in Winterfell. The backdrop for much of season one! Visitors get the opportunity to dress up in character costume, step into the movie sets and stand exactly where main characters stood. This unique 18th century mansion famed for its mixture of architectural styles

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