A history that covers over 7,000 years. A wealth of heritage sites and the famous Mountains of Mourne. Strangford Lough is a lake and nature reserve with wildfowl nesting.
A Passageway of discovery
Carlingford Lough Ferry Greencastle, Co Down, Northern Ireland
Sailing between Greencastle at the foot of the Mournes and Greenore beneath the Cooley Mountains, the Scenic Carlingford Ferry makes the journey part of your fun.
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Beautiful dune landscape
Murlough National Nature Reserve Keel Point, Dundrum, Co. Down BT33 0NQ, Northern Ireland  
An extraordinarily beautiful dune landscape providing an excellent area for walking and bird watching.
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Stunning coastline
Blue Flag Beaches Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Blue Flag Beaches
Northern Ireland's rugged coastline – offers breathtaking views, beaches, cliffs and sand dunes. Several beaches meet the Blue Flag standard.
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Explore thrones and towers
Castle Ward Strangford, Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
See the gothic and classical collide at Castle Ward, an eccentric 18th-century mansion resting on a rolling hillside and looking out over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough.
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Unlock the past
Down County Museum The Mall, Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
The Museum holds 12,000 objects and 50,000 photographs relating to County Down, which you can find out more about on the Museum website.
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ancient city of down
Downpatrick Heritage Town Visitor Information, 53a Market Street, Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
Downpatrick Heritage Town has been an important site since ancient times and its cathedral is said to be the burial place of Saint Patrick.
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Northern Ireland's only aquarium
Exploris Aquarium The Rope Walk, Castle Street, Portaferry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
Visitors can now experience the powerful presence of our resident African Nile Crocodile, Reticulated Python, as well as Madagascan Geckos, Corn Snakes and more.
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WW1 Coastal Defence Battery
Grey Point Fort Bridge Road South, Helen’s Bay, Co. Down, BT19 1LD, Northern Ireland  
Once Grey Point Fort protected the mouth of the Belfast Lough from enemy invasion. Today a military museum can be found here, which houses a most unusual hands-on experience.
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Dramatic mountain range
Mourne Mountains Co. Down, Northern Ireland  
Any newcomer to the Mournes will be amazed at the variety of landscapes that can be encountered within such a confined geographical area.
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Exploring aspects of local heritage
Newry and Mourne Museum Bagenal’s Castle, 36 Castle Street, Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
Newry and Mourne Museum aims to provide a dynamic and inclusive recreational and educational resource reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the local area.
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Stunning Blue Flag Beach
Tyrella Beach Tyrella Beach, Clanmaghery Road, Downpatrick, Co. Down, BT30 8SU, Northern Ireland
Visitors to Tyrella Beach can enjoy beautiful scenic walks and enjoy the habitat of local flora and fauna.
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All aboard the train!
Downpatrick & Co. Down Railway The Railway Station, Market Street, Downpatrick, Co. Down, BT30 6LZ, Northern Ireland  
Ireland’s only mainline heritage railway covering approximately 2 miles of a restored section of the former Belfast & Co. Down Railway
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Stunning family home and gardens
Mount Stewart Newtownards, Co. Down, BT22 2AD, Northern Ireland
Mount Stewart is an exceptional example of an Irish demesne, a beautiful and productive estate, with farmland, woodland, orchards and a walled garden providing for the 'big house'.
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A museum of two parts
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum 153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down, BT18 0EU, Northern Ireland
A museum of two parts. The first is an experience of life from over 100 years ago and the second is one of the most comprehensive transport collections in Europe.
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