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Down

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Towns:

Bangor

Holywood

Killyleagh

Donaghdee

Phennick Cove

Downpatrick

Warrenpoint

Banbridge

Hillsborough
Impressive 18th-century mansion, built in the 1770s by Wills Hill, first Marquis of Downshire. Formerly the home of the Governor of Northern Ireland, the mansion is now the offical residence of the Secretary of State. See the state drawing room, dining rooms and the Candlestick Hall. Georgian furniture, silver from HMS Nelson. In the grounds is Europe's largest rhododendron bush. Extensive rose garden, lakeside walks.


Attractions:

Mount Stewart House and Gardens
Boyhood home of Robert Stewart, Lord Castlereagh. Still Room has ovens and copperware. Gardens are among the finest in Europe, with an unrivalled collection of plants, colourful parterres, and vistas. Temple of the Winds overlooks Strangford Lough. National Trust. Wheechair access limited. Sympathetic hearing scheme.

Ulster Folk and transport museum
Illustrates the way of life past and present, and the traditions of people in Northern Ireland. Open air museum representing town and country life in Ulster around 1910. Indoor galleries include Old Maeve, the largest locomotive built in Ireland, and road transport galleries feature bicycles, motorcycles, trams, buses and cars. Titanic exhibition. New exhibition 'The Flight Experience'. Tea rooms, gifts. Wheelchair access. Last admission one hour before closing. Prices on application.

Mourne mountains

Grey Abbey
Substantial remains of a 12th century Cistercian abbey founded by Affreca, daughter of the King of the Isle of Man and wife to John de Courcy. Strong links with English abbeys of the time created steady traffic across the Irish Sea. Mysterious and atmospheric, the beautiful parkland setting and the fascinating medieval Physick Garden are a wonderful picnic spot, see record entitled Physick Garden. During the winter months and weekends the Abbey may be opened on request. Disabled access and facilities: There is a small car park beside Grey Abbey which does not have any allocated disabled spots. Only a small section of the Abbey cannot be accessed by footpath, which can be used by wheelchairs. There is also a ramp into the small visitors centre.

Copeland Islands

Grace O'Neills pub, Donaghdee

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