Experience Ards and North Down: Tours and Immersive Experiences


Various, across Ards and North Down

Queens Parade
Co. Down
BT20 5ED

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)- all Council events are cancelled initially until 30 June 2020 , events will be reviewed after that date.

Ards and North Down is a place to discover

Embrace the heritage of our place, delve into the history and culture as you discover the stories, be inspired by folklore and indulge yourself in the beauty of Ards and North Down.

Explore the region by boat, on foot or by coach as our qualified guides and local experts will welcome, intrigue and entertain you with their local knowledge as they guide you on your chosen tour or experience. From an historical walk, a relaxing coach trip or take to the water by boat on Belfast Lough or Strangford Lough, you will gain unique insights into heritage sites and beautiful stately homes and gardens that resound with historical significance.

Nature trails, hunting for mini beasts and sea creatures and discovering the wildlife that make their home in the area, are some of the tour’s children can go on to learn about the world around them. There is something for everyone, even our four-legged friends!

New for 2020 check out our immersive experiences which showcase the uniqueness of our land and water and help you make your visit truly memorable.

Awaken your creative spirit Discover more of what Ards and North down has to offer and immerse yourself in unique, creative experiences, from ‘Glorious Grey Abbey’ a watercolour workshop, ‘Seal Shenanigans’ in Portaferry and the ‘Art of Glass’ at Clandeboye Courtyard. Find out more about creative experiences Green space and water’s edge wellbeing Escape with on the water and relaxing experiences in a selection of unique settings.

Go to Creative Experiences

Try paddle boarding with a picnic, ‘SUP-NIC’. ‘Explore the Shore‘ in Killinchy by kayak as you forage for mussels or enjoy a taster ’Like a Duck to Water’ canoe session with a difference at Castle Espie. For the perfect foodie adventure, you can even ‘Catch and Cook’ a delicious meal in Bangor. Relax and recharge with forest bathing and yoga experiences in stunning surroundings. Experience the Limekiln Observatory at Castle Espie Wetlands Centre, Roe Island on Strangford Lough and the conservatory at Ballywalter house in a whole new way.

Go to Wellbeing Experiences

For a preview of what this years programme offers, go to visitardsandnorthdown.com/experienceAND

Tickets go on sale Saturday 7 March, from 9am.

For further information, or for a copy of the booklet, due out in April, contact either of our Visitor Information Centres on 028 9127 0069 or 028 9182 6846. 

Entrance Fee

Dependent on tour