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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 £82
Titanic Hotel Belfast

Titanic Hotel Belfast

Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 74 reviews
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    This hotel is located in Belfast (Titanic Quarter), close to Titanic Belfast, Odyssey Arena and Waterfront Hall. Also nearby are St. Anne's Cathedral and Belfast City Hall.

    Stormont Hotel £72
    Stormont Hotel

    Stormont Hotel

    Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 319 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Stormont Parliament Buildings and Knock Golf Club. Pirates Adventure Golf and Redburn Country Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Donard Hotel £92
      Donard Hotel

      Donard Hotel

      29 Main Street, Newcastle
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 108 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

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

        Belfast View Guest Lodge £40
        Belfast View Guest Lodge

        Belfast View Guest Lodge

        126 Upper Knockbreda Road, Belfast
           
          3.7
          of 5, from 12 reviews
          2.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Belfast, this hostel is close to Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast Botanic Gardens and Ulster Museum. Local attractions also include Waterfront Hall and Queen's University of Belfast.

          Crowne Plaza Belfast £67
          Crowne Plaza Belfast

          Crowne Plaza Belfast

          117 Milltown Road, Belfast
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 362 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in a regional park, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Castle Ward 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.

            Canal Court Hotel £75
            Canal Court Hotel

            Canal Court Hotel

            Merchants Quay, Newry
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 200 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the centre of Newry, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newry Town Hall and Newry Cathedral. Cooley Mountains and Narrow Water Castle are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              Mourne Country Hotel £75
              Mourne Country Hotel

              Mourne Country Hotel

              52 Belfast Road, Newry
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 9 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Newry, this hotel is close to Newry Town Hall and Newry Cathedral. Area attractions also include Slieve Gullion and Narrow Water Castle.

                Clandeboye Lodge Hotel £83
                Clandeboye Lodge Hotel

                Clandeboye Lodge Hotel

                10 Estate Road, Bangor
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 89 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Bangor, this golf hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Blackwood Golf Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Crawfordsburn Country Park and Bangor Abbey. Castle Park and Bangor Castle are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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