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Clandeblog Top 10 Things To Do Near Clandeboye Lodge

With so much to see and do nearby, Clandeboye Lodge is ideal for those looking to explore North Down and beyond.

1. Swim, paddle and relax on the North Down coast

Clandeboye Lodge is just a few minutes away from the North Down coast and Bangor Marina where you can enjoy plenty of water activities. From wild swimming at Helen’s Bay or Brompton Beach to stand-up paddle boarding and beach yoga - we have plenty going on around our neck of the woods! You can also take your pick of water sports such as sailing and kayaking which are available locally.

2. Walk to Helen’s Tower

A hidden gem waiting to be explored is Helen’s Tower which you can get to via the Clandeboye Way walking route. Standing deep in the woods of the Clandeboye Estate, this ancient tower was built in 1848 by Frederick Lord Dufferin in honor of his mother, Helen Selina Blackwood.

3. Play golf or practice your swing

Clandeboye Lodge has a unique location in an area with at least 8 quality golf courses within a 5 mile radius. There’s Blackwood Golf Centre just across the road from the hotel which offers a range of facilities for golfers of any level to enjoy: a driving range, putting green, an 18-hole Par 3 course and also an 18-hole Championship course. Just a 10-minute drive from the hotel is Clandeboye Golf Club, home of the EuroPro Tour 2021 with its 2 international standard courses, perfect for the more accomplished player. Other close golf clubs include: Royal Belfast, Carnalea, Helen's Bay, Bangor, Donaghadee and Scrabo Golf Club.

Discover our stay and play offers here.

4. Explore Mount Stewart House & Gardens

Mount Stewart is a National Trust property that boasts wonderfully landscaped gardens and a neo-classical house. Take your time to explore the picturesque lake and stroll through the mature woodland where you may even spot some red squirrels!

5. Cycle through picturesque scenery

The picturesque scenery and perfect terrain near the hotel will offer hours of enjoyment for cycling enthusiasts. For novice cyclists, there are short leisurely rides by the coast while experienced riders may enjoy the longer scenic cycle routes near Strangford Lough.

6. Visit Game of Throne's Winterfell at Castle Ward

Castle Ward’s historic farmyard is the location of Winterfell in Game of Thrones. It’s also where you can find the Whispering Wood and key scenes including Robb Stark’s Camp, the Baelor battle and when Brienne confronts the Stark men.

7. Journey back in time at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Discover the way of life and traditions of the people in Northern Ireland from over a century ago at the Ulster Folk Museum. You can wander through the countryside or watch daily demonstrations of traditional crafts from basket weaving to printing. There's also the Transport Museum which exhibits methods of transport from the past and present.

8. Walk through Bangor's Walled Gardens

Walk through the award-winning Walled Garden in the tranquil grounds of Castle Park in Bangor. The garden is divided into four different sections, each with its own horticultural personality. It also boasts two unique pieces of sculpture inspired by the Borough's maritime history.

9. Climb Scrabo Hill

The Scrabo Hill climb to the iconic Scrabo Tower is a must-do for those who enjoy incredible views. When you reach the summit you are rewarded with stunning panoramic views across North Down and Strangford Lough.

10. Go-kart at Eddie Irvine Sports

Eddie Irvine Sports in Bangor is a premier indoor sporting facility with everything from karting and football to paintball. It’s perfect for some rainy day fun for all ages!

Whatever you get up to during the day, there’s no better place to relax and unwind than Clandeboye Lodge. We’ve got all your needs covered, from stylish rooms with comfy beds and high-speed Wi-Fi to delicious 3 course meals in our renowned Coq & Bull brasserie. Book your stay today.

Photography credits: Tourism Northern Ireland, James Huish, Earth & Sky Media
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