Visitor Attractions

Visitor Attractions – North Down and Ards

North Down Area

North Down Area Map

The Ards Peninsula and North Down Area is steeped in history and folklore.

Visitors to the North Down area of Northern Ireland are really spoiled for choice when deciding which tourist attraction to visit first.

I have consolidated a list with links to the most popular Tourist Attractions in the area.

If you wish to stay in the area to visit these attractions, you can find ample accommodation examples from this site – ACCOMMODATION

LIST OF VISITOR ATTRACTIONS.

Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Scrabo Tower

Down Cathedral and Saint Patricks Grave

Saint Patrick Visitor Centre – Downpatrick

Saint Patrick’s National Monument (Slieve Patrick Statue)

Bangor Abbey 

Bangor Castle (Now City Hall) and Walled Garden

Saint Mary’s Church in Comber

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Castle Espie Wetland Centre

Kirkistown Castle

Windmill Hill – Portaferry

Derry Churches – Poertaferry

Exploris – Portaferry

Portaferry Castle

Ballycopeland Windmill

The Grey Abbey in Greyabbey

Saint Cooey`s Wells

Kearney Village

Kirkistown Castle

Ganaway Activity Centre

Echlinville Distillery

Copeland Gin Distillery

Portico of Ards Art Centre

Then Battletown Gallery

Castleward House (Downpatrick/Strangford)

Saint Patricks Church Of Ireland – Saul

Welig Heritage Crafts – Willow Sculpture

Eden Pottery – Millisle

The Ark Open Farm

GAME OF THRONES FILMING LOCATIONS:

Castleward

Inch Abbey

Tollymore Forest Park

Cushendun Caves

The Dark Hedges

Larrybane Quarry

Ballintoy Harbour

Downhill Strand

Binevenagh

GAME OF THRONES – THE DOORS LOCATIONS.

1. THE CUAN – Strangford, County Down

Find Door 1 at The Cuan in Strangford. The door pictures the opening title sequence and a map of Westeros.

2. FIDDLERS GREEN – Portaferry, County Down

Door 2 is in the Fiddler’s Green at Portaferry. It shows the rising conflicts between the Houses of Bolton and Greyjoy. Spot the Kracken and flayed man included in the intricate design.

3.PERCY FRENCH INN – Newcastle, County Down

Further south on the coast of County Down, the third door can be found in Percy French in the seaside town of Newcastle. It includes as ship’s departure from the Iron Island’s and a lone direwolf above Winterfell.

4. BLAKES OF THE HOLLOW – Enniskillen, County Fermanagh

Door 4 is in Blakes of the Hollow in Enniskillen. The door reveals House Targaryen’s return to power with domineering dragons.

5. OWENS BAR – Limavady, County Londonderry

Door 5 pictures the dreaded Night King surrounded by White Walkers, telling of the coming battle between the living and the dead. Find the door at Owens Bar in Limavady.

6. FULLERTON ARMS – Ballintoy, County Antrim

The sixth door is in Ballintoy, a small harbour town on the Causeway Coast used as a filming location for the Iron Islands. This door features the fearsome dragon Drogon with Dothraki stallions, symbolising the Dothraki allegiance with Queen Daenerys.

7.DARK HEDGES ESTATE – Stranocum, Ballymoney County Antrim

Door 7 shows the Three-Eyed Raven to remind of events of the past soon to affect the present, while a beech leaf in a crown reminds of the nearby King’s Road. Find it in the Dark Hedges Estate near its namesake location in County Antrim.

8. MARY McBRIDES – Cushendun, County Antrim

You’ll find Door 8 in Mary McBride’s in Cushendun. It tells of Arya Stark’s journey in the city of Braavos and features the Faceless Man coin and her trusted sword Needle, while the words “Valar morghulis. Valar dohaeris” dominate the centre.

9. BALLYGALLY CASTLE – Ballygally, County Antrim

The ninth door at Ballygally Castle contains symbols of House Stark and House Bolton, swords, shields and the bloodied face of a Direwolf, representing the unforgettable Battle of the Bastards.

10. THE DARK HORSE – Belfast

Finish your road trip in Belfast where the tenth door lies in wait at the Dark Horse pub in the Cathedral Quarter. The door shows how things are left at the end of Season 6, with the Lannister lion ruling over the Sept of Baelor while Stark and Targaryen sigils hint of secrets Jon Snow’s parentage yet to be revealed.