Situated in the historic Cathedral Quarter of Belfast, The Merchant Hotel is a magnificent Grade…
Step back in time and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Discover town and countryside with cottages, farms, schools and shops to explore as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum. Chat to costumed visitor guides as they demonstrate traditional crafts. Climb on and off majestic steam locomotives in the Transport Museum bursting with planes, horse drawn carriages, electric trams, boats, motorbikes, fire engines and vintage cars.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Free admission for people with access needs
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year Mar-Sep, Tue-Sun 10-5; Oct-Feb, Tue-Fri 10-4, Sat & Sun 11-4. Closed Mon excluding BHs. Contact for Xmas & New Year holidays
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About the area
Discover County Down
Geographically, County Down seems to put a long arm around Strangford Lough, over 70 square miles of water. The arm is the Ards Peninsula, the most easterly part of Ireland.
Strangford Lough is a ria (a drowned estuary), caused by rising sea levels at the end of the Ice Age It is dotted with some 70 small islands, actually the highest points of drowned drumlins (small rounded hills) formed of material left behind by glaciers. The Lough is home to large flocks of wintering wildfowl that congregate on the mudflats surrounding its shores. About 9 square miles of the lough are a designated reserve for this reason.
Bangor is at the top of the peninsula, and with its picturesque seafront promenades, a charming marina and many shops and restaurants, it is regularly voted the most desirable place to live in Northern Ireland. Much of the town dates from the Victorian era with some historic buildings as well as some more modern development, and one of the largest open-air markets in Northern Ireland.
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