Shopping


Nearest shops are in Strangford where there are small general/food stores. Beyond that you will probably find all you need in the main town, Downpatrick, which has a large supermarket and many small independent stores, banks, post office etc.


Dining


Local restaurants – Enjoy local cuisine in Strangford and further afield: Lobster Pot, Cuan (www.thecuan.com/dining), The Pantry (www.thepantrystrangford.co.uk), Currans Bar Seafood and Steakhouse (www.curransbar.net) - you'll find further details in the house.

You will also find a good selection of tourist information leaflets in the house. Here is a taste of what is available locally and further afield.


Local Attractions



Kilclief Castle

Kilclief Castle

Built in the 15th Century the castle is the earliest datable in County Down and is within a 'stone's throw' of The Beach House. It has a number of interesting and unusual features. See Discover Northern Ireland for further information and opening times.

www.discovernorthernireland.com/Kilclief-Castle-Strangford-Downpatrick

Cloghy Rocks

Cloghy Rocks Nature Reserve

The car park and viewpoint for this reserve is situated on the sea side of the road about midway between The Beach House and Strangford. When conditions are right you could be lucky enough to have wonderful views of resting Common Seals and their pups.

www.doeni.gov.uk/niea/protected_areas_home/nature_resintro/nature_reserves_cloghy

Castle Ward

Castle Ward

Castle Ward is a National Trust Property with extensive grounds, situated in a stunning location overlooking Strangford Lough. As one of the locations for the BAFTA award winning 'Game of Thrones' it will appeal to its fans. Guided tours are available for the property and 'Game of Thrones' locations.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-ward

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Did you know Game of Thrones® was filmed at Castle Ward? The hit HBO series has become a worldwide phenomenon and has just been commissioned for a fifth and sixth series. Castle Ward’s historic farmyard is the location of Winterfell, the backdrop for the series pilot and much of season one.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wra-1359056442094

Clearsky Adventure Centre

Clearsky Adventure Centre

Situated in Castleward, Clearsky provides a wide range of activities for the active and adventurous visitor (adults and children). Climbing, walking, cycling and water based activities are amongst its many offerings - either guided or 'do-it-yourself'.

www.clearsky-adventure.com

Saint Patrick Centre

Saint Patrick Centre

The Centre is an exciting, interactive and interpretative exhibition which tells the fascinating story of Ireland's Patron Saint. It sheds light on the part he played in the arrival and growth of Christianity in Ireland.

www.saintpatrickcentre.com

Exploris Aquarium

Exploris Aquarium

A visit to Exploris, in Portaferry, encourages visitors to view and learn about the marine species indigenous to Strangford Lough.

www.exploris.org.uk

Further Afield




Giants Causeway

Giant's Causeway

The coastal scenery adjacent to the causeway is some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring that you are likely to find anywhere. The majestic cliffs and inaccessible bays combine with myth and legend to inspire, but look carefully amongst this breathtaking landscape and you will find echoes of another reality, isolated ruins, kelp walls and shoreline fields bear testament to the harder life of subsistence farming and fishing endured by past generations.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway

Ulster Folk And Transport Museum

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Set in over 170 acres of rolling countryside, the outdoor Folk Museum tells the story of life in early 20th century Ulster. Almost 50 exhibits have been acquired by the Museum from all over Ulster and restored and authentically furnished. The Open Air Museum is complemented by the Folk Galleries which show how food, farming, everyday occupations and lifestyles have changed through time.

www.nmni.com/uftm

Bushmills Distillery

Bushmills Distillery

The 'Old Bushmills' Distillery is the World's Oldest Licensed Whiskey Distillery. King James I granted the original license in April 1608 and Bushmills has been making the finest Irish Malt Whiskey here for four hundred years.

www.bushmills.com

W5

W5

With 160 amazing interactive exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas, W5 provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visitors of all ages. In addition to permanent exhibits, W5 also presents a changing programme of large and small scale temporary exhibitions and events. They also have a daily programme of live science demonstrations and shows throughout the day.

www.w5online.co.uk

Search through many other attractions in the area at Discover Northern Ireland.