Belfast & Northern Ireland

Winter Wonders Await in Ards and North Down

17 Jan 2019
Take the chill out of winter and warm up with wonderful attractions, activities, food and accommodation in this beautiful area just a few miles east of Belfast city.

Friendly staff in Ards and Bangor Visitor Information Centres will help you unwrap the many jewels of the Ards and North Down Borough, allowing for exploring and memory making this festive season. They can recommend where to go and what to do over the holidays, with expert advice on events, attractions and activities.

For tips on where to walk off your Christmas dinner or what to do with the family on New Year’s Day, make them your first point of call. They might also have the inside scoop on Santa's whereabouts in the towns and villages across the Borough.

Back outdoors, enjoy Belfast or Strangford Loughs where spectacular scenery, seasonal wildlife and icy waters create a winter wonderland. Nothing beats a bracing walk on the beach to blow off the cobwebs. Or a woodland wander with the family through Crawfordsburn, Mount Stewart or Killynether Forest collecting conkers or pine cones and looking for fairies.

After a busy day’s activities, warm up with a hot drink and tasty bite in one of the many coffee shops or eateries, some with stunning views of the tranquil countryside. Why not treat the family and stay a little longer in a self-catering cottage, or be pampered in a hotel, B&B or guesthouse?

There’s no reason to be stuck indoors with the many events on offer, from Santa experiences to pantomimes, concerts or Christmas Fairs.

For all the latest news and visitor inspiration, go online to, or call Ards Visitor Information Centre (+44) (0)28 9182 6846 or Bangor Visitor Information Centre (+44) (0)28 9127 0069.


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