Belfast & Northern Ireland

Spring into Ards and North Down

08 Mar 2018
With so much to see and do in Ards and North Down you are sure to have a ‘spring’ in you step! In just 20mins you could be enjoying some of the best family days out, attractions and stunning scenery that Co. Down has to offer. Here are just a few inspiring ideas:

Family Time
Head to Bangor's Pickie Funpark for a fun-filled day of mini golf, adventure play, splash pads, giant pedal swans and the Pickie Puffer miniature-train. Take your little ducklings to Castle Espie Wildfowl and Wetland Centre on the stunning shores of Strangford Lough and get up close to Ireland's largest collection of water birds. Explore the underwater wonders of our seas at Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry. Or pop into The Ark Open Farm, Newtownards, and meet the cute new spring arrivals, porky piglets and curious kid goats, or buzz off on the bumble bee quad train.

Step Back in Time
With three unique museums crossing many years of history you can truly step back in time. Experience life in Ireland over 100 years ago and climb onboard majestic steam locomotives, trams and ships at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. The Somme Museum depicts life during wartime, looking across No Man’s Land surrounded by the noise of artillery barrage. And discover how Vikings, Saints and Monks are connected wth the area at the North Down Museum.

Relax and Unwind
Surrounded by rolling green hills and sparkling waters, you can’t help but feel relaxed. Pack a picnic and enjoy spring in one of the beautiful parks or gardens such as Crawfordsburn Country Park on the coast, Scrabo Country Park at the head of Strangford Lough or Mount Stewart on the Ards Peninsula. Or head to the seaside to enjoy fish and chips on the pier at Donaghadee or ice creams along the shorefront in Portaferry.  Blow off the cobwebs as a foot passenger on the Strangford Ferry watching boats in the Narrows and passing wildlife – an experience not to be missed!

Walks and Tours
Check out the area's fabulous range of guided bus, boat and walking tours for an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a Boat Tour on Belfast or Strangford Lough, Tea with a Lord in his stately home, a Gardens and Gin Tour or Kids’ Nature Trail. For the full Walks and Tours programme click visitardsandnorthdown.com.

Stay a While
Check into some of the fantastic accommodation for an overnight stay or short break, from five-star luxury to hostel rooms, osy cottage and roaring fire to a friendly guest house, there is something for every budget and taste. So simply kick back and relax...

Plan your Trip
For more info check out visitardsandnorthdown.com. Or visit or call the local Visitor Information Centres:
Ards Visitor Information Centre, tel. 028 9182 6846, ardsvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk
Bangor Visitor Information Centre, tel. 028 9127 0069, bangorvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk
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