Our most recommended things to do in County Down

From Dublin: Game of Thrones Winterfell Locations Tour

1. From Dublin: Game of Thrones Winterfell Locations Tour

Visit some of Northern Ireland's most iconic Game of Thrones® filming locations on this guided tour from Dublin. Dress up and captures some fantastic pictures of you reliving iconic moments from the show. Head the meeting point and hop aboard a climate-controlled bus. Make a quick coffee and comfort stop from 8:45-9:00. Pass the time in the coach with onboard entertainment, including a behind-the-scenes DVD clips and a 'Brain of Thrones' quiz to see who will be crowned King or Queen in the North. Arrive at Tollymore Forest Park at 10:15 and take a 3-kilometer trek to several iconic season one locations, including where the Night's Watch first encountered the White Walkers and where the Starks find a dead direwolf and her litter of pups. After your morning trek, travel on to Strangford, a small fishing village where you there is a break for lunch. Your guide will pass around a menu to pre-order a hot pub lunch from 13:00-14:00. You may also bring a packed lunch if you prefer. After lunch, visit Old Castle Ward, the location of Winterfell castle and courtyard in season one. Go on a second 3-kilometer walk around the estate to visit several season one and two locations including a tower house used as one of Walder Frey's Twins and Robb Stark's war camp in the Riverlands.  The final stop of the day is Inch Abbey, the 12th century ruins where Robb Stark was declared King in the North at the end of season one. Your guide will provide real wool Stark cloaks, Stark banners and metal swords and shields to help you go full immersive and channel your inner Stark solider.

Belfast: Game of Thrones - Winterfell Locations Trek

2. Belfast: Game of Thrones - Winterfell Locations Trek

Depart Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jurys Inn Hotel) at 7:30. Drive one hour to the first visit of the day, Old Castle Ward, the location of Winterfell castle and courtyard in season one. Take a morning trek around the estate to visit locations including Walder Frey's Twins and Robb Stark's Camp in the Riverlands. After the morning trek, you will then stop for lunch at a charming local pub. Your guide will pass around a menu to pre-order a hot pub lunch if you wish. You may also bring a packed lunch if you prefer (cost of lunch is not included in your ticket price). After lunch, visit Inch Abbey, the film location where Robb Stark became King in the North. Here your guide will provide real wool Stark cloaks, direwolf banners, metal swords and shields for photo opportunities. Final visit of the day is Tollymore Forest Park. This is the forest where the Night's Watch first encountered the White Walkers and where the Stark's find a dead direwolf and her litter of pups. After your trek has been completed you will then return to Belfast. You'll be dropped off back at Leonardo Hotel.

Hillsborough Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

3. Hillsborough Castle Gardens Entrance Ticket

Wander through 100 acres of beautiful gardens which have been developed from the 1780. Discover the contrast of ornamental grounds and peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and trimmed lawns. Explore the Lime Tree Walk, Granville Garden, the Lady Alice Temple, the Quaker Burial ground and an Ice House. Imagine the gardens in different times as you walk through the Walled Garden, dating back to the 18th Century. This is a large, four-acre site historically used to produce fruit, vegetables and flowers for the house. As part of the Hillsborough Castle Project in 2018, the gardens have been restored to create a beautiful working and productive garden. See the renovations complete with dipping pond, crop rotations, seasonal produce, potting sheds, herbaceous borders and an apple orchard.

Newcastle: Game of Thrones - Tollymore Forest Trek

4. Newcastle: Game of Thrones - Tollymore Forest Trek

This walking tour visits three iconic Game of Thrones® locations deep in Tollymore Forest. The first is the location of the opening prologue scene of the very first episode, the "wildling pit" where the Night's Watch finds dismembered wildling bodies in the snow. The second location is a campfire where Tyrion and Jon talk on their way north to the Wall. The third location is the bridge where the Stark's find a dead Direwolf and her litter of pups. The tour takes approximately 1.5 hours, and will involve you joining the 10:00AM Winterfell coach tour customers on their locations trek through the forest. The total walking distance is 2 miles (3.2 kilometers), and the terrain is uneven, with a steep descent into, and final ascent out of the forest from the car park. Accordingly, this tour is not recommended for anyone with limited mobility. As you begin you tour, your guide will give you a Stark wool cloak as part of the tour, at no extra cost. Please feel free to ask the guide before the tour begins.

Newcastle: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

5. Newcastle: Silent Disco Adventure Tour

Join your silent disco team as they take you on a journey of song and dance through the famous streets of Newcastle. This musically instructed adventure aims to have your funky moves on display and your pop star voices serenading the people of the "toon". Your hi-tech headsets will fill your body with beats, playing iconic tunes and your favorite hits from across the decades. As your inhibitions evaporate and laughter takes over, you will be part of the best all-dancing, all-singing walking tour in town. Ganging up with your super-stylish leader at the starting point, you’ll groove down the historic streets, passing famous landmarks, performers and the public, who will surely be looking on in awe and jealousy. Your moves are awesome, you just don’t know it yet.

From Belfast: Electric Bike Experience

6. From Belfast: Electric Bike Experience

BIKE MOURNE - Electric Bike Hire - Epic Adventures all year round! Collect your electric bike from our Newcastle Hub at the foot of the Mourne mountains Majestic mountains, dramatic coastline, stunning landscapes, enchanting forests & award winning mountain bike trails all waiting to be explored on one of our top of the range ebikes. Whether beginner, individual or group, self-guided or guided experiences, we’ve got it all and more… Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland. Our region is filled with monolithic structures, ruins of old castles, ravaged monasteries that have been reclaimed by nature and beautiful historic buildings. Discover for yourself the secrets of Ireland's ancient coast the eco friendly way Open all year round Our E-Bike Hire packages include everything needed to get you started. Simply Book, Go Further, See More & Feel Awesome! NO Experience necessary Travel Times from regional Cities: Belfast 1 hour Dublin 1.5 hours, What's Included *Helmet – must be worn at all times by the rider *Accessories pack – for off-site hires, we supply a lock, tool, tube and pump *Support number – available 9am-5pm for telephone assistance * Route options/maps *Electric assist bikes come with 1 full charge – for hires beyond 6h, we supply a charge cable within the accessories pack *From 3hr hires to multi day - its your choice

From Dublin: 3-Day Discover Northern Ireland Tour

7. From Dublin: 3-Day Discover Northern Ireland Tour

Day 1 Departing Dublin at 09:00, you will travel north towards the border with Northern Ireland. From here, it will be a short journey into the city of Belfast famous for its industrial past and turbulent history. After a short tour of some of the key areas of the city, you will arrive in the newly redeveloped Titanic Quarter, where you will have time for lunch and perhaps a visit to the award-winning museum. Other options here include a visit to the SS Nomadic, the last surviving White Star Line steamship, HMS Caroline, the fascinating Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House or perhaps take a black cab tour of the city. Later in the afternoon, you will leave the city and travel into the countryside of County Down for a visit to the world-famous house and gardens at Mount Stewart before arriving in the seaside resort town of Bangor - your base for the next two nights. Day 2   Today, you will follow one of the world’s great driving routes – the Causeway Coastal route through the beautiful scenery of the Antrim Coast and Glens. The tour follows the coast road from Larne to the world-famous Giant's Causeway. Along the way, you will makes stops in attractive historic villages such as Glenarm and Ballycastle as well as scenic attractions such as the Cushendun Caves and the many viewpoints along this stunning coastline. In the afternoon, you will have a chance to explore the incredible rock formations at Giant’s Causeway. Several places along the route were used as filming location for the TV series "Game of Thrones" and the last stop of the day will be at the stunning Dark Hedges - make sure your camera still has some battery power left.  From here, you will return back to Bangor for another night. Day 3  After another day full of contrasts and fascinating visits, start with a trip along the Ards Peninsula – a great favorite with holiday makers from all over Northern Ireland. At Portaferry, take a boat across the mouth of Strangford Lough to visit Castle Ward with its 18th century mansion, extensive gardens and grounds, estate walks and for "Game of Thrones" enthusiasts, the location of Winterfell and other scenes. From here, it will be a short drive to Downpatrick, site of the burial place of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. You will have time for lunch here and perhaps a visit to Down Cathedral or St. Patrick's center. In the afternoon, the tour will continue along the coast with the brooding granite peaks of Mourne Mountains on one side and the Irish Sea on the other. After a detour into the heart of the mountains through an area of traditional farms with their fascinating field patterns and huge stone walls, you will reach the coast again on the shores of Carlingford Lough for the final stop of the day. From here, you will return back across the border and travel south to Dublin arriving around 19:00.

From Belfast: 3-Day Causeway Coast, Derry & Fermanagh Lakes

8. From Belfast: 3-Day Causeway Coast, Derry & Fermanagh Lakes

Day 1 You leave Belfast and travel north following the winding and magnificent Causeway Coastal Route. A truly sensational experience, the journey takes you past craggy cliffs, ruined castles and through the sweeping Glens of Antrim, an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The crowning glory of this coastal drive is the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, a place where history and myth collide spectacularly with raw geological power. Waving farewell to the giant’s steps, you head on to see another spot of rare beauty, the Dark Hedges. This haunting beech avenue was planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century to impress the visitors approaching their mansion. Since then, the Dark Hedges have impressed millions of travellers, photographers, and fans of Game of Thrones. Reinvigorated by the sea air and the mind-blowing scenery, you arrive in Portrush in the late afternoon where you stay for the night. Day 2 You say farewell to the coastal charms and head to Derry/Londonderry. From the almost intact historic walls to the murals commemorating the more recent troubled past, this city is steeped in history. And it’s also quickly becoming one of the most important artistic and cultural hubs in Northern Ireland. You’ve got free time to explore Derry for yourself or you can join an optional walking tour. Next, you travel to the Ulster American Folk Park, where you can discover the story of emigration from Ulster to North America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Learn about the hardships these bold people had to face and the impact they made in the new land. In the late afternoon, you travel to Enniskillen, a small island town and your overnight base. Enjoy an evening stroll around this lovely area or discover the famous Irish charm as you chat with the locals in a cosy pub. Day 3 In the morning, you can decide to explore Enniskillen a bit more. You may visit its many galleries and craft shops, explore the 15th-century castle, or see the beautiful Lough Erne on an optional cruise (subject to season and availability). Then, you say farewell to the lovely island town and head east through County Armagh, Ireland’s Orchard County, to the ecclesiastical city of Armagh. This city loves St Patrick so much it boasts two cathedrals dedicated to him. They also love their Bramley apple, so make sure to try local ciders and the legendary Irish Black Butter. The last stop of your tour is Hillsborough Castle with its stunning gardens. Here, you get to discover ornamental grounds, tranquil woodlands, and charming glens that have been a joy to the Royal Family and thousands of visitors. If you fancy, you can choose to explore the beautiful state rooms of the castle and find out more about its fascinating history (tickets subject to availability). From here it’s just a short journey back to Belfast.

Guided Alpaca Trekking & Optional Luxury Picnic Hampers

9. Guided Alpaca Trekking & Optional Luxury Picnic Hampers

Immerse yourself in a truly unique experience designed for friends, family, or solo adventurers. Embark on a leisurely stroll alongside a gentle alpaca, trek a breath-taking 1.4km stoned pathway that gracefully winds through captivating farmland, enchanting woodland, and serene wetlands. Traverse over bridges and undulating picturesque terrain, creating unforgettable memories along the way. Upon completing your guided walk, indulge in a delightful interlude at our coffee trailer, nestled on a small island amidst one of our picturesque ponds. Savour the essence of a proper tea or coffee, accompanied by delectable bakes that will tantalise your taste buds. Your mini adventure commences as you arrive at our meticulously landscaped car park, boasting a variety of amenities including toilet facilities, catering to the needs of all visitors, including those with reduced mobility and families with babies. Warmly greeted by our friendly alpaca trekking guides, you will be introduced to your very own alpaca companion. Under the guidance of your expert handler, embark on our distinctive trail, which typically spans around 30 to 40 minutes. Towards the end of the trail, your guide will ensure the alpacas are securely tied up, while you venture forth to the island oasis housing the coffee trailer and inviting picnic tables, offering an array of refreshments and snacks for purchase. Subsequently, you are free to explore the remaining section of the walk at your leisure or simply bask in the company of the alpacas. For a truly indulgent experience during lunchtime slots, you have the option to pre-purchase a luxurious picnic hamper. This exquisite hamper can accompany you to any of our many strategically placed picnic tables or benches scattered along the captivating walk. Please note that each time slot is strictly limited to 1 hour and 30 minutes, or 2 hours if you opt for the luxury picnic hamper experience. It is imperative to arrive at least 10 minutes before your designated slot time to ensure a seamless experience, as the group will proceed without any latecomers. Join us on this extraordinary alpaca trekking adventure and let the tranquillity of nature and the companionship of these gentle creatures create memories that will stay with you forever.

From Belfast: 4 Day Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way Tour

10. From Belfast: 4 Day Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way Tour

Day 1 You leave Belfast and travel to Hillsborough Castle and its stunning gardens. Here, you get to discover ornamental grounds, tranquil woodlands, and charming glens. Then the journey takes you to the city of Armagh in County Armagh, Ireland’s Orchard County. This city loves St Patrick so much it boasts two cathedrals dedicated to him. They also love their Bramley apple, so make sure to try local ciders and the legendary Irish Black Butter. Next, heading for the border past Lower Lough Erne, the landscape will get more rugged as you cross into the beat bogs and Hills of County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland. You will stay overnight in the town of Donegal, a popular foodie destination lined with cosy pubs filled with traditional music. Day 2 First are the Slieve League Cliffs, among the highest in Europe, that tumble down 600 metres to the unrestrained ocean and are steeped in legends. The landscape continues to get wilder as you travel through the sparsely populated Irish-speaking communities to Glencolomcille. Taking a break from the coastal delights, the route takes you through a striking mountain pass at Glengesh to the picturesque village of Ardara for lunch. You continue to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, before travelling through the impressive Glenveagh National Park. In the early evening, you arrive in Letterkenny, a vibrant town full of history and great traditional bars, where you spend two nights. Day 3 Leaving Letterkenny, you head straight for Fort Dunree. This strategic clifftop fort is now also home to a military museum. From here you travel along Mamore Gap, one of the most scenic drives in Ireland. Next up, you make your way to the lovely little town of Carndonagh for lunch. This market town boasts loads of pubs and restaurants, not to mention it’s the site of the ancient Donagh Cross or St Patrick’s Cross. After, it's time to make your way up to Malin Head. With its wild and rugged coastline, this northern-most point of Ireland feels out of this world, so no wonder it was used as a filming location for Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi. Your adventure continues to Grianan of Aileach. This peculiar hilltop fort dates back to 1700 BC and has some breathtaking views. Day 4 Today you travel back into Northern Ireland to admire the beauty of Downhill, a prominent stop on the Causeway Coastal Route. Take a stroll along Downhill beach before you pop up to see Mussenden Temple perched right on the cliff’s edge. This 18th-century temple was originally built to house the eccentric Earl Bishop’s library and is now one of the most photographed places in Ireland and a Game of Thrones location. Our next stop is at the seaside village of Castlerock for a well-deserved lunch break. No trip to Ireland is complete without a bit of whiskey, so you head off next for Old Bushmills Distillery, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery. With this delicious whiskey warming your insides, it’s time to head back to Belfast.

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As a Game of Thrones fan, I cannot express how incredible this experience was! Our tour guide was not only incredibly knowledgeable about the sights we were seeing but also made the entire experience feel incredibly immersive and fun. The Stark cloaks were also a really fun touch and actually quite warm. Plenty of opportunities to take photos in all these incredible locations but be warned that the pace needed to keep up and see everything is a brisk walk so be prepared to get in your steps! Even without the extra bonus of the filming locations, seeing the architecture and scenic landscapes makes it more than worth it

Great experience, super cool guide who was always up for a joke. And since he was an extra, he had a lot to say about the shooting. The weather cooperated, the long bus ride was an opportunity to see a big make-off from Got.

Spectacular experience, a fantastic adventure to places that make you feel part of history. Lar's, the guide, has solid knowledge and is undoubtedly a plus that adds value to the experience

Awesome guide which made the trip excellent and smooth

Great day out and brilliant GOT tour of winterfell