• Historic Hillsborough

    Explore stunning castles and world class gardens.

  • Bangor Marina

    Countryside and sea shore are just a short drive away.

  • Down Royal Racecourse

    There's a great range of activities and sports on offer.

  • Cockle Row Cottages

    Fun filled events for all the family taking place all year round.

    Cockle Row Cottages Groomsport
  • Woodland Walks

    Enjoy picturesque forest and shoreline walks.

Belfast Plus

Description

You can easily access both countryside and sea shore within a short drive of Belfast to enjoy a variety of exciting attractions, historic places of interest, informative tours, outdoor activities and amazing scenery.

Belfast Plus... make the most of your visit.

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Things to do

Cockle Row Cottages

Step back in time and discover how a fisherman and his family lived at the turn of the last century in these lovingly restored cottages. Read More ›

Hillmount Nursery

One of the Northern Ireland’s Largest Garden Centres located in the Castlereagh Hills. Explore our vast collection of outdoor plants in an all weather covered plant area. Read More ›

Down Royal Racecourse

Since the 17th Century Down Royal Racecourse has brought the "Sport of Kings" to generations of people in Northern Ireland - it's a race course steeped in history. Racing horses isn't just something we do at Down Royal, it's a part of our culture, our heritage and our spirit. We live, breathe and... Read More ›

Hillsborough Visitor Information Centre

Providing a first class information service for visitors to Northern Ireland and for local residents. Services available at this office include free information on holidays throughout Northern Ireland and accommodations bookings. Read More ›

Drumbo Park

If you’ve never experienced greyhound racing before then it’s time you came up to speed! Read More ›

Lagan Valley LeisurePlex

Based in the heart of Lisburn, the LeisurePlex boasts the largest leisure pool in Northern Ireland. Read More ›

Streamvale Open Farm

Streamvale Farm is unique in Ireland. Nestled in the Gilnahirk Hills overlooking the city, you can see, touch and taste the rural heritage of County Down. Get up close and personal with the dozens of friendly farm animals, watch the cows being milked, take a stroll along the nature trail or just... Read More ›

Island Arts Centre

At ISLAND you'll experience great Northern Irish entertainment and a warm welcome, with live theatre, music, craft workshops, art galleries and tours. Read More ›

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Step back in time in and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Discover cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum chatting to costumed visitor guides demonstrating traditional crafts. Climb on and off majestic steam locomotives or... Read More ›

Colin Glen Forest Park

Colin Glen Forest Park is a beautiful woodland river glen located on the edge of the Belfast Hills. Home to SKYTrek, Ireland’s premier high and low ropes activity centre. Other activities include kayaking, archery, orienteering, lazer tag, raft building,fishing, golf and 3G pitches. Read More ›

Dundonald International Ice Bowl

Enjoy a great day out at Dundonald International Ice Bowl with a host of fantastic activities all under one roof. You can choose to ice skate at Northern Ireland's only public Olympic size ice rink, become king of the lanes in the Xtreme Tenpin Bowling Centre or go wild for the adventure and... Read More ›

Castlereagh Hills Golf Course

Overlooking idyllic views of Strangford Lough and County Down, Castlereagh Hills Golf Course has acquired a well deserved reputation as the hidden gem of municipal golf courses in Northern Ireland. Read More ›

Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart is one of the most inspiring and unusual gardens in the National Trust's ownership. Engaging tours of the opulent house reveal its fascinating heritage and historic world-famous artefacts and artwork. Read More ›

Ards Visitor Information Centre

Make us your first stop for information on places to visit, where to stay, local events and where to eat during your visit to Ards Peninsula and Strangford Lough region. Situated beside the bus station and within a short walk of the town centre and the main shopping areas. The Centre can provide... Read More ›

Hillsborough Courthouse

Hillsborough courthouse was originally a market house and built before 1765. From 1810, this splendid Georgian building was used as a courthouse with the Grand Jury meeting in the upper room from around that time. Read More ›

Lagan Valley Regional Park

The Lagan Valley Regional Park is located between Stranmillis, Belfast and Union locks, Lisburn and covers some 4,500 acres of countryside and 11 miles of riverbank. Read More ›

Xtreme Bowling at Dundonald International Ice Bowl

Become king of the lanes in the 30 lane state of the art bowling centre with spectacular glow in the dark Xtreme sessions. Read More ›

Eddie Irvine Sports

Owned by Formula One ace Eddie Irvine, and situated in Bangor, County Down, Eddie Irvine Sports is one of Northern Ireland's premier indoor sporting facilities. Located 20 minutes from Belfast City Centre, the facility offers the ultimate experience in karting, paintball, multi sports and more.... Read More ›

Lisburn Visitor Information Centre

Providing a first class information service for visitors to Northern Ireland and for local residents. Services available at this office include free information on holidays throughout Northern Ireland and accommodations bookings. Read More ›

Hillsborough Castle & Gardens

Hillsborough Castle is one of the most beautiful, and interesting historic properties in Northern Ireland. Hillsborough is the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland, and has also been used as the residence for the Secretary of State since the 1970s. The House... Read More ›

Royal Belfast Golf Club

Founded in 1881, Royal Belfast Golf Club lays claim to the title of the oldest golf course in Ireland. The present course dates back to 1925, when responsibility for the course design and layout at the present location was given to H.S. Colt, the eminent English course architect of the day. With... Read More ›

North Down Visitor Information Centre

Welcome to North Down. A first class maritime resort! A compact borough on the southern shores of Belfast, we have been attracting visitors and day-trippers for centuries due to our privileged location. Read More ›

North Down Museum

Discover the area’s fascinating history in Northern Ireland’s most visited small museum, located amid the wooded nature trails of Castle Park in Bangor. Read More ›

Bangor Castle

Bangor Castle is home to Ards and North Down Borough Council who use the mansion’s spectacular grand saloon as the council chamber. Read More ›

Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum

This award-winning museum is based in Lisburn’s oldest building, the 17th century Market House, in the centre of the city. It brings to life the history of the Irish linen industry and its importance to Lisburn. Read More ›

Bangor Castle Walled Garden

Bangor Castle Victorian Walled Garden, located in the tranquil grounds of Castle Park, is popular with visitors of all ages. Read More ›

Pickie Funpark

Pickie Funpark has always been one of Northern Ireland’s most popular visitor attractions. The park provides a fun day out for all and features an 18-hole mini-golf course, giant pedal swans, Pickie Puffer train, children’s play area, children’s electric car track and splash pads. Read More ›

Lisburn Castle Gardens

Castle Gardens is the most historic open space in Lisburn. It was once the site of Lisburn castle, a 17th Century fortified manor house first built by the Conways, the landlords of Lisburn, in the 1620's. The house and its contents were destroyed by the great fire of Lisburn in 1707 and not... Read More ›

Hilden Brewery

A working brewery with licensed restaurant in a beautiful and historic setting at Hilden House which is located in the village of Hilden. Discover the magic of brewing and learn more about this ancient craft from the Master Brewer and sample award-winning beers. Why not linger over a beer or two... Read More ›

We Are Vertigo

We Are Vertigo is Northern Ireland’s number one family entertainment complex, featuring a Trampoline Park, Ski and Adventure Centre, and Spa. Read More ›

Seapark Recreation Ground

Holywood's main parkland and recreational area has a variety of activities including tennis courts, a bowling green, putting green and a children's safe playground. The area is right on the seafront and has panoramic views overlooking Belfast Lough. Read More ›

Millisle Beach Park

Millisle Beach Park, situated off the Ballywalter Road on the coastal Ards Peninsula, provides a small sandy beach, play and picnic facilities, a jetty and two slip ways. Read More ›

Cairn Wood

In the hilly hinterland of Holywood, this Forestry Service Wood offers walks on well marked paths through a mixture of mature conifers and young trees. Read More ›

Balloo Nature Reserve

Balloo Wetland Nature Reserve has been established on a former area of wet wasteland, featuring a range of wildlife and plant life. Read More ›

Ballyholme Beach and Park

The mile long crescent of sandy beach, curving along the shore of Ballyholme Bay, has been a favourite sea bathing spot for generations. Read More ›

Stricklands Glen

Strickland's Glen in the residential area of Bangor West is an enchanting wooded glen which follows the Bryan's Burn, a bubbling stream which runs from Connor Park into Smelt Mill Bay. Read More ›

Ward Park

Ward Park covers an area of 37 acres and among its attractions are a children's playground, all weather hockey pitches, cricket pitch, bowling greens, putting green and tennis courts. Read More ›

Project 24

Project 24 is a unique temporary art project beautifully landscaped on Bangor seafront featuring 12 artist studios located in six colourful art pods. Read More ›

Bangor Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex

Bangor Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex has a wide range of facilities offering an excellent choice of sporting and leisure activities. Read More ›

Coca-Cola HBC Visitors Experience

The Coca-Cola Visitors Experience invites you to explore, learn and have fun discovering the past, present and future of the world’s number one soft drink. Read More ›

Hillsborough Forest

The forest is set in the picturesque village of Hillsborough and is adjacent to Hillsborough Fort. Way-marked routes provide a variety of different walks through the forest, which covers an area of almost 200 acres. The whole of the lake area is a forest wildlife sanctuary and is home to a wide... Read More ›

Moira Demesne

Moira Demesne which is located in Moira Village, is comprised of over 40 acres of parkland and its layout incorporates beautiful walks and picnic sites with a new state of the art children's play area. Alongside the play area there is also outdoor gym equipment for the adults. Read More ›

Wallace Park Lisburn

Located in the heart of Lisburn and covering 25 acres of mature parkland, Wallace Park is ideal for families, with an excellent children's play area and a variety of gentle walks. The park takes its name from Sir Richard Wallace who left many legacies to the City. Read More ›

Aberdelghy Golf Course

Aberdelghy Golf Course is an 18 hole parkland course situated 5 minutes outside Lisburn City centre, just off the main Lisburn to Belfast A1 road. Read More ›

Redburn Country Park

Redburn Country Park is set on an escarpment above Belfast Lough. There are 7km of pathways and those energetic visitors who climb to the top of the escarpment will be rewarded with spectacular views of Belfast and the south Antrim hills. Read More ›

Accommodation

Clandeboye Lodge Hotel

There are many small hotels in the Greater Belfast area but the Clandeboye Lodge - with its comfortable ambience, contemporary design and exceptional service levels - is amongst those privileged to be recognised by Tripadvisor as one of Northern Ireland's top 4* hotels. Whatever your reason to... Read More ›

La Mon Hotel & Country Club

La Mon Hotel & Country Club is a superb 4 star venue just 15 minutes from Belfast City Centre yet in the heart of Co. Down. La Mon features 120 luxury bedrooms and country club which includes a 15m swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis court and beauty & hair studio. La Mon's award winning cuisine... Read More ›

Dundonald Touring Caravan Park

Located only 5 miles from Belfast, Dundonald Touring Caravan Park is the ideal base for exploring the city and the scenic County Down coast. The 22 pitch site is open from mid-March to October and an Aire de Service facility is available throughout the winter months from November to early March. Read More ›

Holywood Hill Country Cottages

New holiday cottages in the heart of the North Down tranquil countryside, yet only 10 minutes drive from Belfast, Titanic Quarter, City Airport, and local towns. Set in 8 acres of private grounds with an extensive area for secure parking we have everything you need for individuals, couples or... Read More ›

Drumlin Lane

Two and three bedroom, 4 Star Self Catering Accommodation located on the outskirts of the idyllic Hillsborough Village, a 25 minute drive from Belfast. Drumlin Lane offers a tranquil setting and panoramic views that are literally minutes away from Northern Ireland’s main arterial routes. Family... Read More ›

Cairn Bay Lodge

Stunning Edwardian seaside villa set in extensive gardens overlooking Ballyholme Beach. Read More ›

Hastings Culloden Hotel

This is 5 star. This is red carpet romance. Platinum standard pleasure. This is something very special indeed. Nestled high in the Holywood hills and overlooking Belfast Lough, is the Hastings Group's most luxurious hotel, The Culloden Estate & Spa. Originally built as an official palace for the... Read More ›

Rayanne Country House

Rayanne House is a Multi Award Winning Guesthouse and private dining restaurant with a boutique feel where the history of the past meets the present of today. Read More ›

Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro

Two old Victorian townhouses that have been beautifully transformed into a stunning boutique hotel overlooking Bangor's Marina, Belfast Lough, the Irish Sea, and on to Scotland (on a clear day). Read More ›