Northern Ireland - Eastern County Down

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10. Ardglass

Top 10 ten places to visit in Northern Ireland - Eastern County Down


Ardglass is set on the side of a lovely natural inlet. Its domestic buildings, rising steeply from the harbour, are interspersed with seven fortified mansions, towers and turrets, dating from a vigorous English revival in the 16th century, when a trading company first arrived to found a colony here.

The best preserved of the fortifications is Jordan's Castle, the most elegant and highly developed of all the Down town houses. It's open to the public during July and August.

In the 19th century, Ardglass was the most thriving fishing port in the North, and even today, aside from the prawns, herrings and whitefish brought in by the fishing fleet, there's very good rod fishing to be had off the end of the pier.  

The supermarket on the quay is wonderfully stocked with a vast range of seafood, and it's also sometimes possible to buy direct from the fishing boats. Overlooking the sea is one of the North's most attractively set golf courses, Ardglass Golf Club. 

Jordan's Castle Opening Times: 
July and August, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, Wednesday and Thursday 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm

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