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Eden Pottery
218 Abbey Road, Millisle BT22 2DH
Tel: 028 9186 2300
Contact: Phil and Heather Walton
Email: Web:
Eden Pottery is a family based business in the heart of the peninsula, 10 minutes from Ards or Bangor.
At Eden Pottery you will find colourful hand-decorated pottery on sale in the spacious shop, with designs ranging from traditional country themes through to bright contemporary patterns. The café sells homemade cakes, cookies, and scones along with freshly ground Lavazza coffee. The lunch menu includes homemade soups and bread in winter and delicious salads and savouries during summer months. Relax outside on the terrace and garden area and take in the peaceful country setting. There is also a ‘Creative Clay Studio’, (opening in Spring 2012) where you can be helped to produce your own ceramic masterpiece (suitable for all ages, and caters for groups). Booking is essential.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday- 9am-5pm, Sundays 2pm-5pm (afternoon tea only) Open bank holiday Mondays, Easter fortnight Mon to Sat 9am-5pm.
Summer opening times: July and August- Mon to Sat 9am-5pm, Sundays 2pm to 5pm.
Admission: Free admission.

Ballycopeland Windmill
Windmill Road, Millisle BT22 2BP
Tel: 028 91 811491
Contact: Northern Ireland Environment Agency at Scrabo Country Park
One of two working windmills in Ireland, this late 18th century tower mill was in use until 1915 and is now fully restored. A small visitors’ centre is located inside the miller’s house and displays include a large working model of the mill. Guide cards are available.
Opening Times: Please telephone in advance of visit
Admission: Free of charge
Car parking: The car park is beside the visitors’ centre, although there is a slight slope up to the door. There are no allocated spaces for disabled.
Access in and around the premises: Disabled access is not possible inside the windmill. There is also a slope to the windmill from the car park.
Viewing the attraction: The attraction can be viewed from the car park or the road.

Exploris – The Northern Ireland Aquarium
The Rope Walk, Castle Street, Portaferry BT22 1NZ
Tel: 028 4272 8062
Contact: Helena Challinor
Email: Web:
Nestled on the shores of Strangford Lough marine nature reserve, Exploris - the Northern Ireland Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary displays the underwater wonders of Strangford Lough and the coastal seas of Ireland in a variety of exciting and enjoyable exhibits.
The large Open Sea Tank contains sharks, conger eels and rays, and daily demonstrations at the Discovery Pools allow visitors to touch sea creatures and learn fascinating facts from experienced aquarium staff.
One of the most popular aspects of a visit to the aquarium is the Seal Rescue Centre where sick or orphaned seal pups are cared for until they can be returned to the wild. If particularly interested in seeing seals members of the public should ring ahead to ensure there are seals at Exploris at the time of their visit.
A varied programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year ensures that no matter how often you visit, there’s always something new to see or do.
Exploris Aquarium is a fully accessible facility.
Opening Hours: Please phone or check the website
Prices: Please phone or check the website for current prices
Discovery Tank Times: Please phone or check the website

Grey Abbey
9-11 Church Street, Greyabbey, BT22 2NQ
Tel: 028 9181 1491
East of Greyabbey village, the Abbey is the first example of Gothic architecture in Ireland, founded in 1193 by Affreca, daughter of Godfred, King of the Isle of Man and wife of John De Courcy, as a thanksgiving for surviving a rough sea crossing to Ireland. Sir Bryan O’Neill burned the Abbey in 1570 to stop the English using it as a defence. The Montgomery family acquired the ruin in the mid-17th century and still resides in the abbey grounds (see Greyabbey House). The Abbey is set in beautiful park land with car parking facilities adjacent. The Physic Garden is an added attraction in the summer. There is also a small visitor centre.
Opening times: Please telephone in advance of visit
Admission: Free

Kirkistown Motor Racing Circuit
Kirkistown Circuit, 130 Rubane Rd, Kircubbin BT22 1AU
Contact: Richard Young
Tel: 028 4277 1325
Email: info@ Web:
The international motor circuit at Kirkistown is the home of the 500 Motor Racing Club. It is the venue for many major events on motorbikes, cars and karts, and draws large numbers of spectators. There are car race meetings on the last Sat of every month from March – Sept and the annual Easter Monday Motorbike Race.

Millisle Beach Park
BT22 2HS
Situated off the Ballywalter Road in Millisle, this development on the Ards Peninsula provides a small sandy beach, play and picnic facilities. There is a jetty and two slipways which are ideal for the launching of small boats and dinghies.
Facilities: Car parking and public toilets are provided.

Mount Stewart House and Gardens
Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
Tel: 028 4278 8387 Bay Restaurant: 028 4278 7807
Mount Stewart is a fascinating 18th century neo-classical house with 19th century additions, now owned and managed by the National Trust. It was the ancestral home of Lord Castlereagh, a statesman and a diplomat, and today many of his possessions can be viewed in the House. Modern history is also represented by the 7th Marquis of Londonderry who was secretary of State for Air and Leader of the House of Lords in 1935. His wife laid out the internationally famous gardens (European Garden of Inspiration 2003) that surround the house. They include almost every style of gardening and support an incomparable plant collection. The particularly mild climate of the area, with its proximity to the water of both Strangford Lough and the Irish Sea, has allowed many tender plants to be grown – especially those from Australia and other parts of the southern hemisphere. In addition to these extensive gardens, there are walks throughout the demesne, around the lake and to the ‘Temple of the Winds’; a banqueting hall built in 1785 by James “Athenian” Stewart. The National Trust offer guided tours of the house and a gift shop and restaurant are available.
Opening hours: Lakeside Garden & Walks Open all year 10.00am – 6.00pm daily (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
Formal Gardens 10 March – 31 October 10.00am – 6.00pm daily
House 10 March – 31 October 12.00pm – 6.00pm daily
Temple of the Winds 11 March – 30 October 2.00pm – 5.00pm Sunday only.
Admission: House Tour & Gardens
Adult £7.00, child £3.50, family £17.50
Euro notes accepted, Gift Aid prices
Facilities: Shop & Restaurant: ‘Bay Restaurant’, fully licensed.
Open 10:00am – 5:00pm. Hot lunches: Noon – 2:30pm (summer months)
Shop is open daily 10.00am – 5.00pm (summer months)
Please phone for winter opening hours.
Disabled access and facilities: Fully accessible route round the garden and lake, restricted access in the house as the tour visits a room on the first floor.

Fastrack Farm
133 Greyabbey Road, Ballywalter BT22 2NY
Contact: Mr Jim Davidson
Tel: 028 4275 7301
Email: Web:
Facilities: 15, 20 and 30 minute quad riding available (ages 6+). Booking is essential. New activity - Rodeo Bull for ages10+ also bouncy castle and table games on site for birthday parties please ask for further details and prices. Floodlit track for winter riding. Car parking on site and toilets for customers. The site is fully wheelchair accessible.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm
Prices: (50cc) 15 minutes - £8, 20 minutes - £10.00, 30 minutes - £14
(70cc/100cc) 15 minutes - £12, 20 minutes - £16, 30 minutes - £22
Also Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting available & Crazy Golf Course 18 hole all weather – please phone for more details.

81 New Harbour Road, BT22 1EB
Contact: Francis & Diane Adair Tel: 028 4277 2225
Somewhere to stop during a coastal drive. The Quays strive to cook only the finest local produce. Our range of seafood dishes change regularly to include local Portavogie prawns, crab claws, Strangford mussels, freshly battered haddock, mushy peas and chips; Gary Young’s smoked lythe (local) and Glastry Farm Ice-cream. New coffee shop due for completion before Christmas! Children’s menu available. No smoking. No take away service. Wheelchair access. Seats 80+ lounge bar 70. Groups catered for – 80 people. Euros & credit cards accepted.
Average price: £11-£15
Entertainment: No live entertainment, background music and entertainment on special or function nights.
Open: Monday -Thursday 12.00 - 14.30 17.00 - 20.30
Friday 12.00 – 14.30 17.00 – 21.00
Saturday 12.00 - 21.00 Food served all day
Sunday 12.00 – 20.00 Food served all day
Lounge Bar open daily 11.30 – 23.00

36 The Parade BT21 0HE
Tel: 028 9188 4466
Email: Web:
European/traditional cuisine. Local seafood a specialty. Food for all tastes and
appetites. Winner of NITB Taste of Northern Ireland Award 2009 & 2nd place
2010 & 2011. Wheelchair access. Smoking Area. Groups up to 100 catered
for. Food served all day. Credit cards accepted. Seats 200+. Booking
preferable. Private Dinning Room available for parties up to 36.
Entertainment: Wednesday – jazz, Friday & Saturday – live entertainment.
Every Day 9.00am - 11.00pm (Late bar on Friday & Saturday)
Breakfast 9.00am – 12.00 Lunch 12.00 – 5.00pm Grill Menu 5.00 – 9.30
2 Course set menu available Monday - Friday 5.00 – 9.30
4 Course Sunday Lunch for only £19.95 available all day
33 High Street, BT21 0AH
Tel: 028 9188 4595
Email: Web:
Serves modern cuisine. Seasonal produce from local suppliers e.g. dishes –
Strangford Lough Mussels, Walters Smoked Salmon/Belfast, Fermanagh Beef
&Chicken, and Lough Erne Lamb. Booking advisable. Groups up to 100
catered for. Wheelchair accessible. Credit cards accepted and no euro. Seats
120. Entertainment – modern live music Friday, Saturday night & Sunday
afternoon – soulful classics and some modern covers.
Open: Pub Monday – Thursday 11.30 – 23.00
Friday – Saturday 11.30 – 01.00
Sunday 12.30 – 22.00
Food Monday – Friday (lunch) 12.00 – 15.00
(dinner) 17.30 – 21.00
Saturday (lunch) 2.00 – 16.00
(dinner) 16.00 – 20.00
Sunday- Sunday Menu 12.30 – 20.00.
Average price £11-15 for lunch, £15+ for dinner.

Ballywalter Park
The Estate Office, Ballywalter Park, Ballywalter, BT22 2PP
Tel: 028 4275 8264 Fax: 028 4275 8818
Email: Web:
Ballywalter Park is a classic example of an early Victorian Country House in the Palazzo style. A handsome conservatory was added to the garden front in 1870. The garden contains important collections of Rhododendrons, trees and plants. The house has been awarded in 2010 Sotherby’s Historic Houses Association Restoration Award and in the same year The Royal Society of Ulster Architects Award. N.I.E.A Award 2002. Members of the Historic Houses Association.
Opening times: By prior appointment only (written applications to the Estate Office)
Admission: Tour of the House - £8 per person (no concession)
Tour of the House and access to the Gardens - £14 per person
Refreshments by prior arrangement (cost extra)
Euro cash is accepted. No credit cards, cheques accepted with guarantee card
Languages spoken by staff: French, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German
Directions: Take A20 to Greyabbey Village – at mini-roundabout in Greyabbey turn left – at end of Main Street turn right (signed B5 Ballywalter) carry on for approx. 2 miles and entrance gates are on the left of Ballyatwood Road.
Disabled access and facilities: Assistance provided for those with disabilities. No special WC arrangements.
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