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Best Places to Experience the Culture in Northern Ireland

Best Places to Experience the Culture in Northern Ireland

Our Holiday Lodges are set close to the Ard’s Peninsula and the historic city of Belfast, the perfect place to enjoy both the natural and cultural wonders of this iconic place. From historic sites and museums to traditional food, you’ll never be short of something to do. In this blog, we recommend some of our favourite places to take in the culture of Northern Ireland as you explore on your own schedule with one of our holiday lodges

Historic Sites in Northern Ireland

Mount Stewart 

This neoclassical wonder is a treasure chest of history for all the family to enjoy. The house sits on the edge of the picturesque Strangford Lough, so there are great views to enjoy. Mount Stewart is also a fantastic place to experience and learn about exceptional Irish demesne, the beautiful gardens which are thought to be the most outstanding in the world.

Kearney Village

Kearney’s historic village lies just a 10-minute drive away from Cloughey Holiday Park. This 18th Century fishing village has been restored to its original glory by the National Trust, showcasing the traditional cottage style of the era. Visit Kearney and truly step back in time to its golden years as a bustling fishing village.


North Down Museum 

A 9-minute drive, or 1 hour walk from Groomsport for the keen walkers among us, you’ll find the North Down Museum in Bangor. Complete with a replica Viking longhouse, you and your family can take a journey through time. Located in the stable block of Bangor Castle, this is Northern Ireland’s most visited small museum! They also offer a range of great activities to help keep the little ones entertained – including their famous observation beehive in the warmer months.

Ulster Folk Museum 

A fantastic place to truly immerse yourself in the traditions of Northern Ireland is the Ulster Folk Museum. This open air museum allows you to experience the ways of life from hundreds of years ago! They also put on a variety of events and workshops – like their popular Country Skills Days which open up the fully working farm to the public. Throughout the year, the museum hosts craft demonstrations with master makers, sharing their skills in traditional crafts like weaving, blacksmithing, leatherwork and cooking. 

Food in Northern Ireland

St George’s Market

Located in the heart of Belfast, this is one of the city’s oldest attractions. It has also been recognised as one of the best markets in the UK and Ireland – and it’s easy to see why! Every Friday, over 200 stalls sell a variety of produce, antiques and crafts. With such a vibrant ecosystem and the coast nearby, you can get a taste of Northern Ireland’s bounties to enjoy or bring back to your fully fitted lodge kitchen!

The Wildflower Inn 

Just off the coast of Strangford Lough you’ll find the lovely Wildflower Inn. With a cozy interior and a host of hearty dishes, this is the perfect place to enjoy a meal after a day of adventuring. They serve a variety of delicious dishes including traditional options such as the popular Portavogie prawn cocktail, using locally sourced prawns from County Down. 

Donegan’s Restaurant

This local spot is known for giving ‘A taste of the country in the heart of the town’. Donegan’s doesn’t just offer great food but a unique and cosy atmosphere with knick-knacks collected from all over Ireland on display. It’s a great place for anyone looking for some classic Northern Irish hospitality.

There is so much to explore of Northern Ireland – this blog is just the beginning. If you want to immerse yourself in the culture of this vibrant corner of the world, an Encore Parcs holiday lodge might be the answer! With 3 locations and a host of turnkey ready lodges, we are ready to open the doors to your next Northern Irish adventure! To learn more, visit our website or contact our experienced team.