Top things to do

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…
Pub in Portaferry

Fiddler's Green

The Fiddler's is a fabulous place for traditional music, with live bands every weekend and impromptu sessions that get the whole bar joining in. The Guinness is pretty good, and you'll find one of the 10 Game of Thr…
Cafe in Donaghadee

Slice of Heaven

In Donaghadee's lavishly restored former courthouse you can get fantastic sandwiches (Coronation Chicken; Christma-style with turkey, ham, stuffing and cranberry sauce), as well as soups and salads, but the show-sto…
Pub Food in Greyabbey

Wildfowler Inn

With a French-washed, ochre-coloured facade and rustic interior, this beautiful former coaching inn makes a wonderful stop for generous portions of quality pub fare such as roast chicken and ale-battered haddock and…
Barbecue in Donaghadee

Harbour & Company

In a beachy bar and restaurant with good views of the pier, Harbour & Company specialises in meat, fish and seafood dishes cooked over a wood-fired grill, as well as stone-baked pizzas and artisan flat breads.
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.
Cafe in Greyabbey

Hoops Courtyard Coffee Shop

This quaint, whitewashed traditional tearoom serves freshly baked scones, cooked breakfasts, sandwiches and salads. Outdoor tables are set up in the courtyard in fine weather.