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North Down is a Northern Ireland district, located on the Eastern coast and a part of County Down. The most important town is Bangor, only 20 km away from Belfast. This district in considered to be the wealthiest in all Northern Ireland. Irish people are well known for being witty, friendly and very fun to have around.
Whether you find yourself in an Irish home or checking in at a hotel or B&B, you will be treated with warm hospitality and inspiring kindness. There is an old story that says that if you turn away a stranger, it will bring bad luck upon the household. In the past, the front doors of the houses were left open during meal times so that any traveller that passed by could enter and enjoy a delicious meal before they continued their journey.
Although many superstitions were left in the past, the Irish hospitality is deeply rooted, and you can experience it everywhere in dear old Ireland. So here are some places where you will feel like a guest of honour: Culloden Estate & Spa, Emmaville, Rayane House, Beech Hill Country House, Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, Hanover Square. You may also want to consider Holywood Hill Country Cottages, Mews Cottage, Shelleven House, The Colonel’s Lodge, The Old Inn, Tinamara, Bridge House, Edna May’s and Magara.
The Irish have quite an appetite, and you can see it in the delicious, nutritious, comfort food they prepare, serve and eat. Bread, potatoes and cabbage are ingredients found in almost every recipe, as part of the tradition. The Irish stew is one of the emblematic dishes, and they make it by using lamb or mutton, onions, potatoes, stock and herbs. The traditional breakfast is called Ulster Fry, and it will be an amazing feast for your taste buds: sausages, bacon, fried egg, bread and tomatoes. The typical lunch is quite light, as it’s composed of warm soup, chicken or beef meat and vegetables. Every meal is accompanied by soda bread, made from soda and buttermilk. Are you feeling hungry yet? You can have a truly Irish meal at any of the following places: Anchorage, At 28, Bistro Iona, Blu BBQ, Bryansburn Bar & Grill, Cafe Essence, Coast Restaurant. Don’t miss Coq & Bull, Corin, Eighty One, Frankie and Benny’s, Jennie Watts, Lewis or Papa Joe’s.
North Down District has all sort of great activities for you and your family. Let’s start with the outdoor, fun ones. You can go paddling and build sand castles at Bollyholme Beach and Park. Visit Northern Ireland’s biggest marina, Bangor Marina and enjoy the stunning view of Eisenhower Pier. Take a shoreline walk at North Down Coastal Path. Have a picnic at Kingsland Play Area. Go bird watching, fishing, discovering the lovely little towns and villages. If you are feeling truly adventurous and have a bit of experience, why not try sailing or sky diving?
Are you eager to learn more about the Irish culture? Take a tour of their most prestigious museums and historic sites. North Down Museum will reveal the area’s story way back from the Bronze Age to our days. Bangor Abbey has a struggling past, as it was destroyed and rebuilt several times. The impressive Bangor Castles dates from 1852, and Grey Point Fort is one of the best-preserved forts of the British Isles. Bangor Castle Walled Garden is an award winning destination and Tower House holds a maritime heritage. Ulster Folk & Transportation Museum is a 100 year journey in the past, and the Cockle Row Cottages are perfect for a sunny afternoon.
What else do you need for e great vacation? You have an extraordinary cuisine, friendly and comfortable accommodation, awesome places to engage in outdoor activities and historical sites everywhere you look. All in all, the precious moments you share in Northern Ireland, will forever have a place in your heart, and you will fondly remember them.
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