Top Choice Historic Building in Ards Peninsula

Mount Stewart

The magnificent 18th-century Mount Stewart is one of Northern Ireland’s grandest stately homes. A three-year restoration project has seen the house transformed to how it looked in its 1930 heyday, by unveiling the c…
Top Choice Aquarium in Portaferry


Recently reopened after a £2 million remodelling, this excellent aquarium has displays of marine life from Strangford Lough and the Irish Sea as well as tropical fish, otters and a new reptile centre with an African…
Monastery in Greyabbey

Grey Abbey

This Cistercian abbey was founded in 1193 by Affreca, wife of Norman knight John de Courcy (the builder of Carrickfergus Castle), in thanks for surviving a stormy sea crossing from the Isle of Man. The small visitor…
Castle in Portaferry

Portaferry Castle

Portaferry's castle is a small 16th-century tower house that, together with the tower house in Strangford, once controlled sea traffic through the Narrows. It's next to the visitor information office.