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Out and About Things to do near Clandeboye Lodge

Peaceful coastal paths, winding roads and woodland walks. Encircled by nature. Perfect.

Clandeboye Lodge is a place apart. Only a few miles from Belfast but fully immersed in the tranquillity of nature. Surrounding the hotel are glens, forests, rivers, paths, meadows and beaches, all ready to be explored.

There are lots of things to do near Clandeboye Lodge. Close by is the Clandeboye forest which is the gateway to the historic Helen’s Tower, the picturesque villages of Helen’s Bay and Crawfordsburn and the unique flora and fauna of the wonderful Ards peninsula and Strangford Lough. Hidden gems.

Of course, you are close to city life too with Belfast’s bars, restaurants and tourist attractions as well as the vibrant cultural life of Bangor and North Down. But first and foremost, this is a place for lovers of the outdoors. The freshest of air, the gentlest of paces, the quietest of times and always returning to the serene luxury of Clandeboye Lodge for a drink, a rest and the finest of local food at the Coq & Bull brasserie.

Walking

With a stunning woodland setting, Clandeboye Lodge is the perfect getaway for nature lovers. From a range of forest walks to the beautiful North Down coastal path, you’re surrounded by a choice of scenic walking trails.

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Liane Radcliffe Photography

Liane Radcliffe Photography

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Water wellness

For those who want to reconnect with their senses, Clandeboye Lodge is close to the North Down coast. From stand-up paddle boarding to wild swimming and sunrise yoga sessions overlooking rolling waves; feel rejuvenated and energised by the natural beauty.

Liane Radcliffe Photography

Anna Neill Photography

Anna Neill Photography

Anna Neill Photography

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City life

Belfast is a great place to visit. Diverse and different with something for tourists, shoppers and lovers of history, art and culture. Titanic Belfast has become one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions and the city is flourishing. With a mix of high street names, independent retailers, cafes, bistros, traditional pubs and visitor attractions, it is a city for everyone. Truly eclectic with a unique personality.

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Sports

Northern Ireland is world famous for its golf courses and County Down has its fair share including the magnificent Royal County Down and historic Royal Belfast. Many other charming courses abound with Blackwood Golf Centre just next door to the hotel and the highly rated Clandeboye Golf Club. Cycling enthusiasts will love the perfect terrain and scenic routes on our doorstep in the surrounding area and the nearby coast offers a variety of water sports, such as sailing and kayaking. There is even the Eddie Irvine motor sport centre nearby for petrol heads!

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golf balls on blackwood driving range

Attractions

Lovers of sport, nature, music, history and heritage will find something to enjoy. Families will love the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum at Cultra, the Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry and the ever popular Pickie Fun Park in Bangor. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, families can spend their day inside at Eddie Irvine's indoor football pitches and skating ramps. Nature lovers can take a walk through beautiful walled gardens, Game of Thrones fans are close to Castle Ward and history lovers can check out Titanic Belfast and Bangor Abbey.

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What's on

Ards & North Down is a hub for all sorts of events. From family-friendly festivities to concerts and delicious food celebrations, there's always something happening in our neck of the woods!

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Courtesy of Open House Festival

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Want to discover more?

If you would like to find out more about what’s nearby Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, visit visitardsandnorthdown.com or discovernorthernireland.com

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