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Strangford Lough Ferry
Strangford Lough Ferry
Strangford Lough Ferry

The Strangford Lough Ferry links the beautiful Ards Peninsula to the scenic Lecale Peninsula and the villages of Strangford and Portaferry, crossing a stretch of water known as the "Narrows", where 350 million cubic metres of sea water surge in and out of Strangford Lough with each tide.

With a journey time of around 10 minutes, the ferry crossing can save a 50 mile drive around the Lough and is an exciting experience for young and old as you take in the stunning scenery of this Marine Nature Reserve and try to spot seals, seabirds and jellyfish as the tide rushes past.

Portaferry is home to Exploris, NI’s only Aquarium, the Portico of Ards, a former Presbyterian church and now an arts and cultural centre, the seasonal Visitor Information Centre beside the castle and many buildings of architectural interest dating from its time as a thriving port and shipbuilding town in the 19th century.

Strangford, is a pretty village with many fine 19th century houses overlooking the harbour. Nearby Castle Ward, an intriguing mansion house built in 1760 in two distinct architectural styles, Classical and Gothic, is a National Trust property and both the house and the surrounding parklands are open to the public.

It is also Game of Thrones® Territory, with the stable yard at Castle Ward, Quintin Bay and Audley’s Castle all featuring in the HBO series. Two of the local pubs, Fiddler’s Green in Portaferry and The Cuan in Strangford, have beautifully carved doors featuring scenes from the series and made from storm-felled trees at the Dark Hedges, so call in and get your Door of Thrones passport stamped.

The ferry runs at 30 minutes intervals throughout the day, every day, apart from Christmas Day.

Opening times

The ferry runs at 30 minute intervals throughout the day leaving Strangford on the hour and half hour and leaving Portaferry at a quarter past and a quarter to the hour.

From Strangford

Weekdays: First Sailing 07.30 - Last Sailing 22:30

Saturdays: First Sailing 08.00 - Last Sailing 23:00

Sundays: First Sailing 09.30 - Last Sailing 22:30

From Portaferry

Weekdays: First Sailing 07:45 - Last Sailing 22:45

Saturdays: First Sailing 08.15 - Last Sailing 23:15

Sundays: First Sailing 09.45 - Last Sailing 22:45

Price list

Passenger Fares

Passengers Standard fare: Single £1.00; Return £2.00 (valid for 1 week)

Senior Citizen: Free with Smart pass; Single 50p; Return £1.00(valid for 1 week)

Children under 5: Free

Children Over 5 & under 16: Single 50p; Return £1.00 (valid for 1 week)

Motorcycle & Driver: Single £3.50; Return £5.50 (valid for 1 week)

Blue Badge Holder fare includes the vehicle and one person: Single fare £2.50; Return £4.00 (valid for 1 week)

Vehicle and Driver Fares

Vehicle up to 6m Single £5.80; Return £10.00(valid for 1 week)

Vehicle 6-8m Single £10.00; Return £18.00 (valid for 1 week)

Additional 2m (over 8m) Single £4.50; Return £8.00 (valid for 1 week)

Purchasing Tickets: Tickets bought onboard.

NB Cards are not accepted on board, card sales available from the Terminal in Strangford Mon - Fri 9.00 -12.30 and 13.00 - 16.00.

For group and coach bookings please contact the terminal.

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Contact Information


Strangford Lough Ferry

1 The Slip
County Down
BT30 7NE
Phone number
T: (0300) 200 7898
Web Address

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