The town's North Down Museum features the history of the town, the life of Irish songwriter Percy French and a programme of events and exhibitions. And the Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex contains NI's only 50m swimming pool and a second family-friendly pool with flumes, slides, wave machine and other fun water features.
In the summer, the seafront McKee Clock and Sunken Gardens provide an al fresco venue for a funfair, street theatre and events including the maritime-inspired Sea Bangor.
Holywood is one of NI's prettiest towns and home to Ireland's only Maypole. It is also the proud birthplace of golfer Rory McIlroy. A visit any time of the year unearths designer shops, deli cafes and some of the area's finest pubs and restaurants.
The drive over the Craigantlet Hills, with Belfast Lough stretching before you, has to be one of NI's most magnificent views. And an overnight at Rayanne House completes your upmarket Hollywood experience.
The small village of Groomsport is equally charming with its seaside setting and Cockle Row thatched fishermen's houses. The cottages are home to a summer VIC with craft demonstrations and seasonal events.