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  • 1 Temple of the Winds Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Portaferry Road GB - Cunningburn BT22

    Built on a hillock, the tower gives views from Strangford Lough to Scrabo Hill. A faithful replica of the Tower of the Winds in Athens, it was designed by James Stuart, "the Athenian" as a banqueting house for the first marquis of Londonder..

  • 2 Ards Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Newtownards

    Ards Peninsula is a narrow tongue of land 37km long and 5 to 8km wide. Owing to its soil and climate, the low-lying land is one of the best grain-producing regions of Ireland. Sandy beaches and occasional rocky outcrops line the coast road. One of Ul..

  • 3 Grey Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Church Street GB - Greyabbey

    The ruins of a Cistercian foundation which began in 1193. Its church, one of Ireland's earliest to use the primitive Gothic style, has a magnificent west doorway (1220-1230) with worked mouldings and dentilled friezes. Damaged in the Elizabethan peri..

  • 4 Exploris Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    The Ropewalk.Castle St GB - Portaferry BT22 1NZ

    More than a simple aquarium, Exploris has convincing reconstructions of different underwater habitat and banks showing waterlife in Strangford Lough and the Irish Sea in all its splendour. There are touching basins, a sea discovery laboratory and an ..

  • 5 Ballycopeland Windmill

    Museums and art

    Moss Road GB - Millisle BT22 2BP

    The windmill is not open to the public while working for safety reasons. At the end of the 18C, the country was dotted with windmills, but only a few have survived. Ballycopeland was probably built between 1780 and 1790 and worked until 1915. It is s..

  • 6 Somme Heritage Centre

    Museums and art

    233 Bangor Road GB - Conlig

    This heritage centre devoted to the Battle of the Somme will take the visitor to the beginnings of World War One and one of its bloodiest battles, the 1916 offensive on the Somme, where nine Irish regiments fought for a common cause. Photos and objec..

  • 7 Sketrick Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sketrick Island GB - Killinchy

    The ruins of Sketrick Castle stand on the shores of Strangford Lough, a vast sea inlet that cuts deep into Ulster. Probably built to command the approach to an island, the castle collapsed in a storm in 1896. The largest room, which is vaulted, was p..

  • 8 Castle Espie Centre

    Nature and gardens

    78 rd. Ballydrain GB - Comber BT23 6EA

    The centre is part of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and occupies a pleasant site on the western bank of Strangford Lough. The freshwater lakes that formed in the old clay and chalk pits (for bricks, tiles and pottery) make this an ideal area for hibe..

  • 9 Scrabo Country Park

    Nature and gardens

    203a Scrabo Rd GB - Newtownards BT23 4SJ

    The two highlights in this park are Mount Scrabo, formed by a layer of volcanic lava that covers and protects the underlying sandstone, and Scrabo Tower. Erected in 1857 in memory of the third marquis of Londonderry (1778-1854), it contains an exhibi..

  • 10 Norman Mound

    Nature and gardens

    A2 GB - Donaghadee

    The Norman mound near the banks was probably raised by William Copeland, servant of Jean de Courcy. It is topped with a stone building (1818) used as a powder room during construction of the port. At the top, a fine view covers Donaghadee, the Copela..

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