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Strangford Lough Ferry

1 The Slip, Strangford, County Down, BT30 7NE
Strangford Lough Ferry

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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.

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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

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