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Out and About Just 15 minutes from Belfast…a world away!

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 great golf courses, all ready to be explored. Gentle walks to refresh the body and restore the soul.

So much to see. Close by is the ancient Bangor Abbey and St. Patrick's Trail; 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.

Relax and reconnect.


With a stunning woodland setting, Clandeboye Lodge is the perfect getaway for nature lovers and those who love exploring the great outdoors on foot.

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Autumn at mount stewart aerial view of helens tower, woodland setting, purple sky

Photography by James Huish

Autumn at mount stewart Walking nature

Photography by Liane Radcliffe

Walking 1 Walking Helens Bay 2 Walking woods

Photography by Liane Radcliffe

Walking mount stewart Crawfordsburn water fall

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Water Wellness

For those who want to reconnect with their senses in a beautiful place, we're just a few minutes away from 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.

Water Wellness sunset swim

Photography by Liane Radcliffe

Water wellness yoga

Photography by Anna Neill

Water wellness suphub

Photography by Louise Mackey

Water wellness sup yoga

Photography by Anna Neill

Walking Helens Bay Water wellness sea swimming

Photography by Anna Neill

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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Courtesy of Visit Belfast

Belfast christmas market

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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 just a few minutes away. 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!

Sports golf Mountain Bike NI family cycling

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Sports sailing

Photography by Anna Neill

golf balls on blackwood driving range Sports kayaking Cycling comber greenway Sports fishing Sports racing


So many to mention. 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. Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex is also a family favourite. Nature lovers can take a walk through the rich and diverse Bangor Castle Walled Garden. Game of Thrones fans are close to Castleward where it all began and history lovers can check out Titanic Belfast and Bangor Abbey.

Attractions Bangor walled garden Game of Thrones, Castle Ward Out and about attractions 3 Ulster Folk Museum Out and about attractions 5 Out and about attractions 6

What's on

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

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Attractions Snow Patrol Open house festival

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