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County Down

Information on visiting and enjoying County Down in the Province of Ulster.

County Down
Basic Facts about County Down

Things to Do in County Down
County Down - an Ulster county worth visiting? Here is a short list of recommended things to do.

Hillsborough Village
The village and townland of Hillsborough is one of Norrthern Ireland's hidden gems - and definitely not your typical townscape, though full of surprises.

The Galley Café - Annalong
The Galley - award-winning small café on the coastal road in County Down. Fresh fish, generous portions and a bit of banter.

Saul
Saul, the starting place of Saint Patrick's mission to Ireland. And the end place as well.

Traditional Music in Down - Sessions in Local Pubs and Clubs
A list of Down pubs and clubs hosting regular sessions of traditional music.

Exploris Aquarium - Portaferry, County Down
The Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry (County Down) is a favorite with families. Apart from the usual aquarium stuff, the children will love the touch-tanks where you can get to grips with some sub-aquatic wildlife.

Mount Stewart House and Gardens
Mount Stewart House and Gardens are amongst the finest estates in Northern Ireland and can be found about five miles south of Newtownards near Strangford Lough.

Mountain Boarding Down the Mourne Mountains
Mountain Boarding down the Mourne Mountains is, essentially, snowboarding without snow. Or skateboarding with concrete. Or something altogether different – but you will roll down a green mountainside on four tiny wheels, standing on a board.

Nendrum Monastic Site (County Down)
Nendrum is the one proof you need that Irish monks liked their solitude - situated on Mahee Island in Strangford Lough the monastic site is not easily accessible. In Saint Mochaoi's days you would have needed a boat and fairly calm waters.

Saint Patrick Centre, Downpatrick (County Down)
If you plan to see just one exhibition on Saint Patrick in Ireland make sure it is the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick (County Down). Situated in the center of town, just below the cathedral and the saint's grave, this is a fairly new development.

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (Cultra)
The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum is a gem - if you want to step roughly 100 years back in time, Cultra is the place to do so. On the extensive grounds of Cultra Manor dozens of original relocated buildings combined with full-size reconstructions have created a very representative village.

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum - Folk Museum - Cultra (County Down)
The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum consists of two parts, co-located at the dame site near Belfast, yet divided by a motorway. The "Village of Cultra" is a collection of historic buildings re-erected in a historic setting. Here are some images to whet your appetite ...

Ulster Aviation Society - Long Kesh
The Ulster Aviation Society houses it collection in an old hangar on the sprawling former RAF base of Long Kesh in County Down, illustrating the history of flight with life-sized exhibits.

Festival of Flight - Newcastle
One of the few regular airshows Ireland, the Newcastle Festival of Flight draws huge crowds to the shore of Dundrum Bay in County Down each summer.

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum - Transport Museum - Cultra (C…
One of Ireland's best collections of historic trains, planes and automobiles (not to mention the "Titanic", gipsy caravans and bicycles) is in County Down. The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum consists of two parts, co-located at the dame site near Belfast, yet divided by a motorway.

Northern Ireland Tourist Board
Official website of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and a gateway to all information on the counties of Antrim, Armagh, Derry/Londonderry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone.

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