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Local Attractions in Northern Ireland

Seeped in history, dating back thousands of years, Strangford Lough is a truly unique and beautiful place. There are countless Medieval Keep Castles, Old Abbeys and Monastic ruins dotted around these shores, open to explore. The whole Lough is a protected conservation area, home to many species of birds and sea life. Castle Espie, located on the western shore offers visitors a walk amongst many unusual and protected species of birds. The beautiful 18th century Mount Stewart House and Gardens is located on the eastern shore of Strangford Lough. Go back in time with a stroll through this palatial dwelling, admire the manicured gardens and exotic plants. A visit would not be complete without a leisurely walk around the shimmering lake feeding the ducks as you go. Neighbouring harbour villages, Strangford and Portaferry are located at opposite sides of the Lough, connected with a car ferry, running every 30minutes.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Castle Espie Wetland Centre is a fantastic family day out. Home to the largest collection of ducks, geese and swans in the country, many of whom will nibble grain directly from your hand.

18th century mansion owned by the National Trust, near the village of Strangford. The house and landscaped gardens are open to the public.

The Northern Ireland Aquarium is situated on the shores of Strangford Lough in the town of Portaferry. Learn about the Islands indigenous marine life with Exploris' interactive discovery pools.

On the north bank of the River Quoile lies the ruins of a large monastery dating back to 1177.

The beautiful 18th century Mount Stewart House and Gardens is located on the eastern shore of Strangford Lough.

Visit the fascinating Nendrum Monastery, found on the beautiful Mahee Island on Strangford Lough.

Built in 1857, Standing 125ft high and 540 ft above sea level, Scrabo Tower can be seen from most parts of North Down.

Get up close, interact and hand feed many of the friendly animals at the Ark Open Farm. A wonderful day out for the whole family.