Activities

Outdoor Activities
Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor A scenic 97-acre woodland park, offers vast areas of open space, riverside walks, football pitches, tennis courts, barbecue, picnic and children’s play areas.
Silent Valley Reservoir The Silent Valley is a Mountain Park situated in the high Mournes and features a dam ringed by dramatic Mountain panoramas and the famous Mourne wall located in the U-shaped valley of the Kilkeel river.
Tropical Butterfly House & Garden, Seaforde Hundreds of free flying tropical butterflies. Also parrots, reptiles, and insects. Gardens and maze.
Tropicana, Newcastle Outdoor Heated Leisure Pool with giant waterslide.
Cranfield Beach Long, south facing, sandy beach. Blue Flag.
Tyrella Beach Seaside award & Blue Flag.
Castlewellan Forest Park Forest Park, Maze, National Arboretum and Gardens. Fishing, nature Watching, canoeing, pony trekking and rambling.
Mount Steward House and Gardens One of the greatest gardens in the British Isles. 80 acres of garden.
Rowallane Garden A joy for those who love all gardening. 21 Hectares of trees, shrubs and plants.
Tollymore Forest Park Wide range of walks and scenic views set within a mature wooded landscape. CS Lewisdrew his inspiration  for Narnia from here.
Castle Ward 18th Century Mansion with opposing facades in different styles, reflecting the divergence in taste of the owner and his wife. 820 acre walled estate. Also, a tearoom, children’s adventure playground & wildlife centre.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Irish Museum of the Year. Recaptures a disappearing way of life. Stroll through yesteryear’s countryside with its farms, cottages, crops and livestock.
Murlough National Nature Reserve Excellent area for walking and bird watching. Network of paths and boardwalks through the sand dunes.
Castle Espie Wetland Centre Ireland’s largest collection of ducks, geese, and swans, many of which will feed from your hand. Extended gardens and woodland.
Giants Causeway, Carrickarede Rope Bridge & Bushmills Distillery Visit the famous Giants Causeway, walk across a high rope bridge to an island and discover Busmills Distillery.
Ulster American Folk Park An outdoor museum which tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Slievenalargy Rare Breeds Rare breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs, ponies. Ornamental pheasants, pets corner, pony rides.
Rainy Day Activities
Mourne Grange Craft Shop and Café, Kilkeel The warm welcome and friendly atmosphere attracts many visitors throughout the year to sample the freshly made organic cakes. The craft shop is always a pleaser for both adults and children alike.
Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Leisure Pool with water slides etc.
Armagh Planetarium Armagh Planetarium is a world-renowned astronomical educational establishment. Includes a 3D film projected in a dome.
Dundonald Ice Bowl Olympic size ice skating rink. Indoor Adventure Play World. Bowling
Exploris Aquarium & Seal Santuary Feeding and demonstrations held throughout the day. See rescued seals at close quarters.
W5 – Who, what, where, when, and why? Interactive Science Centre. IMAX Cinema. Odyssy Arena.
Cocos Adventure Playground, Newcastle Large indoor adventure playground. U14s.
Down County Museum Located in the Old County Gaol of Down. History of Down and restored jail cells.
Hotrock Indoor climbing wall
Bronte Visitor Centre Follow the story of Patrick Bronte & his family. Housed in the old school house, father of the famous novelist sisters, taught.
Downpatrick & Co. Down Railway The only full size working railway museum, operating steam and diesel locomotives, century old carriages, re-built signal cabin and engine shed. 3km of track.
Sports & Facilities
Blue Lough Mountain & Watersports Centre Every type of outdoor activity! For individuals, families, children and adults. Either Single trip or multi-activity.
East Coast Adventure Centre Multiactivity outdoor pursuits.
Formula Karting Ltd. Home of biggest indoor karting track in Europe. 1km of racing track with overpasses, underpasses, tunnels, ramps, bridges, & banked corners.
Outdoor Ireland North Guided walking in the Mourne Mountains. Guided rambles in the countryside and guided cycling in County Down.
Surfin Dirt Mountain Boarding This adrenaline sport combines the best aspects of snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing. Located 15mins from Lecale Cottages – well worth a try!
Mount Pleasant Trekking and Horse Riding Centre A very safe and popular riding centre for both novice and experienced riders. Forest treks, beach rides, and country hacks.
Downpatrick Race Course Known as one of the friendliest racecourse in Ireland. 300 year old establishment. New, covered grandstand.
Down Royal Racecourse Modern grandstand. 12 Race Meetings.
Oriel Angling Guided angling service on the rivers and lakes of Down and Armagh, as well as Carlingford Lough. Trained Guides and Instructors. Boats and Tackle for hire.
Kilkeel Golf Club Championship course. PAR 72 Size 6579 yds.
Royal County Down Golf Club (1) 18 Holes. Championship course., one of the world’s top 10 links. PAR 71 74 Size 7181 yds. (2) 18 Holes Annesley links. Par 66 SSS 63 Size 4681 yds.
Warrenpoint Golf Club 18 Hole Parkloand Course. PAR 71 SSS: 70 Size 6173 yds.
Newry Golf Academy 9 hole course with fully automated tee matts system.
Newry Canal Tow Path The first summit level canal in the British Isles. The towpath winds its way through the natural trough in the countryside providing a scenic route for walkers and cyclists alike.
Mourne Cycle Tours Hire bikes and equipment. Family trail cycling. Delivered and Collected from Lecale Cottages.
Kilkeel Leisure Centre & Pool 25m Ozone treated swimming pool. Gym and indoor courts.

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