Attractions

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 Archaeological Site in Armagh City

Navan Fort

Perched atop a drumlin, Ulster's most important archaeological site is linked in legend with the tales of Cúchulainn and named as capital of Ulster and the seat of the legendary Knights of the Red Branch. Exhibits a…
Top Choice Historic Building in Lecale Peninsula

Castle Ward Estate

Famed for its role as Winterfell in Game of Thrones, 1760s-built Castle Ward House has a superb setting overlooking the bay west of Strangford. The estate's history is relayed in entertaining 45-minute upstairs/down…
Top Choice Forest in Ring of Gullion

Slieve Gullion Forest Park

A 10km scenic drive through this forest park provides picturesque views over the surrounding hills. From the parking and picnic area at the top of the drive, you can hike to the summit of Slieve Gullion (576m), the …
Top Choice Cathedral in Armagh City

St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral

The city's Anglican cathedral occupies the site of St Patrick's original stone church. The present cathedral's ground plan is 13th century, but the building itself is a Gothic restoration dating from 1834 to 1840. A…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Strangford Lough

Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre

Situated 2km southeast of Comber, off the Downpatrick road (A22), Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre is a haven for huge flocks of geese, ducks and swans. The landscaped grounds are dotted with birdwatching…
Top Choice Library in Armagh City

Armagh Robinson Library

A first edition of Gulliver's Travels, published in 1726 and annotated by Swift himself, is the most prized possession of the wonderful Armagh Robinson Library, founded in 1771 by Archbishop Robinson. Other treasure…
Top Choice Museum in Downpatrick

St Patrick Centre

This magnificent glass-and-timber heritage centre houses a multimedia exhibition called Ego Patricius, charting the life and legacy of Ireland's patron saint. Audio and video presentations tell St Patrick's story, o…
Top Choice Aquarium in Portaferry

Exploris

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…
Top Choice Forest in Mourne Mountains

Tollymore Forest Park

This scenic forest park, 3km west of Newcastle, offers lovely walks and bike rides along the River Shimna and across the Mournes' northern slopes. Victorian follies include the church-like Clanbrassil Barn, as well …