Top Choice Heritage Centre 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…
Historic Building in Hillsborough

Hillsborough Castle

The British monarch's official Northern Ireland residence is this rambling, two-storey late-Georgian mansion, which was built in 1797 for Wills Hill, the first Marquess of Downshire and extensively remodelled in the…
Church in Hillsborough

St Malachy's Parish Church

St Malachy's is one of Ireland's most splendid 18th-century churches, with twin towers at the ends of the transepts and a graceful spire at the western end. A tree-lined avenue leads to the church from a statue of A…
Historic Building in Hillsborough

Hillsborough Fort

Built as an artillery fort by Colonel Hill in 1650 (William of Orange stayed on his way to the Boyne in 1690), Hillsborough Fort was remodelled as a Gothic-style tower house in 1758. Only the grounds are open to the…
in Saintfield & Around

Rowallane Garden

Rowallane Garden, 2km south of Saintfield, is renowned for its spectacular spring displays of rhododendrons and azaleas, which thrive behind a windbreak of Australian laurels, hollies, pines and beech trees. The wal…
in Crawfordsburn

Crawfordsburn Country Park

This park offers a number of good woodland and coastal walks.
Amusement Park in Bangor

Pickie Family Fun Park

This old-fashioned seaside entertainment complex is famous for its swan-shaped pedal boats. Also here are a kids' adventure playground, electric-track karts, minigolf and a miniature steam train, the Pickie Puffer. …
Museum in Bangor

North Down Museum

Historical treasures displayed in the converted laundry, stables and stores of Bangor Castle include the Raven Maps (the only complete folio of Plantation-era maps in Ireland); the Bronze Age Ballycroghan Swords, da…
in Ards Peninsula

Ballycopeland Windmill

Approximately 1.5km northwest of Millisle is Ballycopeland Windmill, a late-18th-century corn mill that remained in commercial use until 1915 and has been restored to full working order.
Castle in Portaferry

Portaferry Castle

Next to the tourist office, Portaferry's castle is a small 16th-century tower house which, together with the tower house in Strangford, once controlled sea traffic through the Narrows.