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County Down Holiday Guide

County Down, situated in the north-east of Northern Ireland, is steeped in history and rich in areas of great natural beauty. Characterised by rugged coastlines, dramatic mountain ranges and bustling, vibrant towns, County Down has something to offer everyone.

Nature and History in County Down

Renowned for their beauty, the Mourne Mountains sweep down to the sea, creating an amazing vista across Carlingford Lough, the glacial fjord at the foot of the granite mountains. Head to St John’s Point for a particularly clear view of the Mournes across the serene inlet that forms part of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

The Mountains of Mourne include the largest peaks in Northern Ireland. The highest  summit, Slieve Donard, stands at an impressive 2,790 feet and offers fantastic views over the forest and water below. The Mourne is an official area of outstanding natural beauty; crowned the first ever national park in the country, it is a local must-see that will delight visitors of all ages.

There are two impressive peninsulas in County Down - Ards Peninsula and Lecales. There are a number of interesting historical buildings on Ards Peninsula, including Scrabo Tower, which overlooks the northern point and is situated in a beautiful country park, offering ample opportunity to explore and enjoy the wonderful views.

Places of Interest in County Down

Grey Abbey stands close to the Ards Peninsula. The Abbey was built in 1193 as a Cistercian priory and it remains, in the quaint village of Greyabbey, as a national heritage site and point of interest for visitors to the area.

Literature buffs should head to the south-east region, located between Rathfriland and Banbridge, to an area known as the Brontë Homeland. Here you can follow the story of British literature's most prestigious family through surviving buildings such as the church and school near Rathfriland. Patrick Brontë is said to have grown up in the area and the family visited many times throughout their lives.

Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is said to be buried at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick. This ornate Church of Ireland cathedral stands on Cathedral Hill overlooking the town and is a popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world.

Explore Northern Ireland’s Capital

The east part of Belfast belongs to County Down. Enjoy bustling nightlife, excellent restaurants and the beautiful contrast between old and new architecture in Northern Ireland’s capital city.

For those looking for some retail therapy, head to Victoria Square where you will find a wide range of boutique, independent and high street stores, as well as several bars and restaurants to suit any price range.

Enjoy County Down

Explore the rugged, unspoilt coasts, glacial fjords and mystical mountain ranges of County Down. Here you will also find traditional Irish hospitality alongside rich history and cultural heritage, sure to make your trip to one of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful counties a memorable and enjoyable experience.


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Titanic Hotel Belfast £91
Titanic Hotel Belfast

Titanic Hotel Belfast

Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 118 reviews
    4.5 out of 5.0

    Located in Titanic Quarter, this family-friendly Belfast hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Titanic Belfast and Odyssey Arena. Waterfront Hall and St. Anne's Cathedral are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    The Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro £82
    The Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro

    The Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro

    10-12 SEACLIFF ROAD, Bangor
       
      4.7
      of 5, from 11 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Situated in Bangor, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bangor Marina, Marine Gardens Coastal Walk and Ballyholme Beach. Bangor Golf Course and Bangor Abbey are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Belfast View Guest Lodge £40
      Belfast View Guest Lodge

      Belfast View Guest Lodge

      126 Upper Knockbreda Road, Belfast
         
        3.7
        of 5, from 15 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Belfast, this hostel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast Botanic Gardens and Ulster Museum. Waterfront Hall and Queen's University of Belfast are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Crowne Plaza Belfast £71
        Crowne Plaza Belfast

        Crowne Plaza Belfast

        117 Milltown Road, Belfast
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 373 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in a regional park, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Malone House and within 3 miles (5 km) of Queen's University of Belfast and Ulster Museum. Belfast Botanic Gardens is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

          Clandeboye Lodge Hotel £104
          Clandeboye Lodge Hotel

          Clandeboye Lodge Hotel

          10 Estate Road, Bangor
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 98 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Bangor, this golf hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Crawfordsburn Country Park and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Bangor Abbey. Castle Park and Bangor Castle are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Peartree Hill £104
            Peartree Hill

            Peartree Hill

            60 Peartree Hill, Dundonald, Belfast
               
              5.0
              of 5, from 10 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Situated near the airport, this luxury bed & breakfast is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Pirates Adventure Golf and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Knock Golf Club. Stormont Parliament Buildings and Scrabo Tower are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              30seacliff £68
              30seacliff

              30seacliff

              30 Seacliff Road, Bangor
                 
                4.9
                of 5, from 44 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Bangor, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Bangor Marina, Ballyholme Beach and Marine Gardens Coastal Walk. Bangor Golf Course and Bangor Abbey are also within 1 mile (2 km).

                Donard Hotel £92
                Donard Hotel

                Donard Hotel

                29 Main Street, Newcastle
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 122 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newcastle Beach and Royal County Down Golf Course. Slieve Donard and Dundrum Castle are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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