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Awaken your Giant Spirit

  1. Montalto House, Montalto Lake and Boathouse
    A mystical and enchanting estate, set in magnificent natural surroundings. Visitor experience includes access to the estate's beautiful gardens; historic walks and trails and an exciting play area where children can engage, explore and learn.
    1. Hillsborough Castle is one of the most beautiful, and interesting historic properties in Northern Ireland, and the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland.
      1. Mount Stewart House
        Mount Stewart is a stunning estate in the beautiful scenic area of Strangford Lough. The Formal Gardens are ranked as one of the top ten in the world and the within the house there are collections of national and international significance.
        1. Paddling boarding on Castlewellan Lake
          Whether your preference is laid back or action packed, join us at our award winning centre in the beautiful Castlewellan Forest Park amid the stunning Mourne Mountains for a host of fantastic adventure activities.
          1. Children enjoying the autumn leaves in the museum grounds
            Refresh the connection at Ulster Folk Museum, a place where traditions and heritage skills are preserved and celebrated to help shape future generations.
            1. 1 Oct 202228 Feb 2023
          2. Distillery tours immerse visitors in the botanicals of the smuggler-inspired spirits
            Truly immerse yourself at The Copeland Distillery, where you’ll hear tales of secret smugglers, savage battles and remarkable voyages, all while soaking up our coastal spirits of whiskey, gin, and rum.
            1. Front exterior photo of restaurant
              Originally established in the 1800’s as an old coaching inn, The Poacher’s Pocket is situated in the heart of picturesque County Down.
              1. Suggested Itinerary: The Mourne Region
                Looking for suggestions for your short break to the Mourne region of County Down? Use this pre-built itinerary to find out more about some of the area's top attractions, eateries and places to stay. Check out the map below to see where everything is and click on the product listings below the map for more information.
              2. 2 mountain bikers enjoying the views across Carlingford Lough from atop Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails in County Down. They are sitting while their bikes rest against a boulder.

                County Down is the most easterly county in Northern Ireland. Magnificent mountain landscapes meet pretty-as-a-picture fishing villages, glorious beaches and epic Game of Thrones® experiences.

              3. Gillian and family from "Where Are We Going Today" explore County Down

                Family blogger Gillian Harvey of "Where Are We Going Tomorrow", along with her husband Mick and daughters Sophie and Chloe, recently had the best time exploring County Down.

              4. Activities & Attractions in County Down
                The very geography of County Down offers variety in itself. There’s the Mourne mountains sweeping down to the sea. There’s Strangford Lough, the largest lough of its kind in Britain and Ireland. The Ards Peninsula has a sea-bitten flavour all of its own. Head inland, into Bronte Country, and everything changes as rock and sand quickly give way to farmland and woods.
              5. Food & Drink in County Down
                In recent years celebrity chefs like Paul Rankin and Michael Deane have done a lot to boost Northern Ireland’s food and drink credentials. While many of their restaurants have made Belfast a culinary hotspot, their influence and that of others is felt across the country. Nowhere more so than in County Down.
              6. Accommodation in County Down
                You’ll find an amazing range of places to stay in and around County Down. There are hotels, coastal cottages and campsites with sea views to die for. There are ancient castles and period buildings steeped in history and atmosphere.
              7. Suggested Itinerary: Strangford Lough
                Looking for inspiration? Consider a short break around Strangford Lough, in County Down. It's the perfect spot for a short getaway, with lots of water activities, delicious eateries and beautiful places to visit and stay overnight.
              8. The 4th green at Royal County Down Golf Course in Newcastle, County Down. Slieve Donard and the Mourne Mountains are visible in the background.

                This is the county that is home to Northern Ireland’s most dramatic mountain range, gave Game of Thrones® its Winterfell castle, has the largest sea lough in Great Britain and Ireland and is St Patrick’s last resting place. Phew!

              9. See how it all began, from script to screen at Game of Thrones Studio Tour.
                Created in official partnership with Warner Bros., the world’s first and only Game of Thrones Studio Tour has arrived in Northern Ireland.   Located at the authentic filming location of Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, County Down, Game of Thrones Studio Tour invites you to experience the world of Game of Thrones like never before.
                1. 2 Jan 202328 Feb 2023
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              Awaken your Giant Spirit

              1. Underground Self Catering Cottages
                Fairy River Glamping offers Luxury accommodation right in the heart of the High Mournes Mountain Range. Expect Breath Taking Views, Picturesque Walks, Winding Rivers & unparalleled comfort. Eat, Drink, Relax!!
              2. The Canal Court Hotel & Spa is a fine four star property, with a total of 110 bedrooms & suites, extensive Health & Leisure Complex and stunning Spa, perfectly located in the heart of the City close to both Bus & Rail Stations.
              3. The Cuan Bedrooms
                The Cuan is situated on the shores of Strangford Lough, on the Village Green in the beautiful tranquil village of Strangford. The Cuan is the perfect setting for a mid-week break, weekend getaway or an activity led holiday with the family.
                1. Hotel front entrance
                  The Portaferry Hotel, the ideal place to relax, the minute you walk through our doors you can feel the atmosphere, snuggle up to our open fires or enjoy the stunning scenery with walks along the shore.
                2. Horseshoe Cottage exerior
                  This stunning 18th century cottage on the shores of Strangford Lough, combines luxury with cosiness and comfort. It is a rural getaway, where guests are invited to relax and enjoy this area of outstanding natural beauty.
                3. With 20 cosy, modern rooms and our emphasis on guest experience, Hillyard House, The Yard Restaurant and Mrs. Coleman's Bar have everything to make your stay cosy, culinary and great craic.
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