Things to do in County Down

Discover the charm of Tullymurry House, a beautifully restored property nestled in the picturesque countryside of County Down, Northern Ireland. Conserved and cared for by Irish Landmark Trust, this historic house provides the perfect base for exploring the region’s stunning landscapes and attractions.

Tullymurry House is ideally situated to enjoy a wide range of activities and sights in County Down. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be captivated by the tranquil surroundings and the house’s unique character. With its spacious interior and well-appointed amenities, Tullymurry House offers a comfortable and relaxing stay for visitors.

The longer you stay at Tullymurry House, the more opportunity you’ll have to immerse yourself in the beauty and history of County Down. Whether you’re interested in outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply unwinding in a peaceful setting, this property provides the perfect starting point for your journey.

Explore the rolling hills and lush green landscapes that surround Tullymurry House, or venture further afield to discover the many attractions that County Down has to offer. With so much to see and do in the area, an extended stay at this charming property is highly recommended.

Where to Stay in County Down – Tullymurry House

As you step into Tullymurry House, you’ll be greeted by a warm and inviting atmosphere, featuring rustic touches and comfortable amenities. Cosy up by the roaring log fires in the living room, sink into the plush couches, and enjoy the authentic ambience of the farmhouse kitchen. The elegant dining room, complete with a long table, is perfect for lively evening meals. The bedrooms are beautifully appointed with crisp linens, comfortable beds, and delightful fabrics, ensuring a restful night’s sleep.

In the summer months, the garden at Tullymurry House transforms into a serene oasis, bursting with an abundance of apples, damsons and pears that guests are welcome to pick and enjoy. The property also boasts a wellness area, complete with a sauna and steam room, offering the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation.

Surrounded by breathtaking countryside views and overlooking the majestic Mourne Mountains, Tullymurry House is more than just a place to stay – it’s an unforgettable experience. Like all Irish Landmark Trust properties, Tullymurry House is a truly great  destination that will create lasting memories for all who visit.

The History of Tullymurry House

Tullymurry House has origins dating back to the early 17th century. The house has undergone several expansions and ownership changes over the centuries, including the Weir family in the late 1700s, the Marshall family in the 1800s, and the McMinn family from 1895 to the present day.

In 2012, the house and part of the farmyard were extensively refurbished and transformed into holiday accommodation managed by The Irish Landmark Trust. The restoration process carefully preserved the unique character and atmosphere of the dwelling.

The builders responsible for the restoration, Messrs John McAleenan and Co, were shortlisted for the CEF Construction Employers Federation’s “Best Restoration’ excellence award in 2013, acknowledging the fine detail and original methods of construction used to maintain the house’s historic integrity.

Seven Days in Down

Day One: Exploring Local Gems

Begin your day with a short 10-minute drive to the charming town of Downpatrick. Here, you’ll visit the Down County Museum, where history comes to life through captivating exhibits that span from ancient Ireland to modern times. Immerse yourself in the fascinating stories and artefacts that showcase the rich heritage of the region.

After a morning of historical exploration, embark on a short 10-minute drive to Inch Abbey. This fascinating place  offers a unique opportunity to wander through the atmospheric ruins of a 12th-century Cistercian monastery. As you explore the ancient grounds, soak in the rich history and tranquil surroundings that make Inch Abbey a true gem of County Down. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the abbey and imagine the lives of the monks who once called this place home.

Day 2: Coastal Wonders

We recommend taking the 35 minutes drive to Strangford Lough, a beautiful area known for its natural beauty. Take a walk along the coast and enjoy the pretty views of the water and the landscape. Keep an eye out for different types of wildlife that live in the area.

Take a short 20-minute drive to Castle Ward, a big house owned by the National Trust. The house was built in the 18th century and has an interesting mix of styles. Take a look inside to learn about its history and see the fancy rooms.

After you’ve seen the house, go for a walk in the gardens and on the trails around the property. There are different trails to choose from, so you can pick one that suits you. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings, look for wildlife, and take in the fresh air as you explore this lovely place.

Day 3: Into the Mountains

It’s time to explore the great outdoors. Tullymurry House is situated within the Mourne Gullion Strangford Geopark, an area known for its natural beauty, rich culture, and lots of fun activities. We suggest spending the whole day going for a hike in the mountains.

Put on your hiking shoes and pick a trail that sounds good to you. There are plenty of options to choose from, so you can find one that matches your fitness level and interests. Take your time and enjoy being out in nature, taking in the fresh air and beautiful views.

To plan your hike in advance.They have lots of information about the different trails and sights you can see in the area.

After a full day of hiking, head back to Tullymurry House and relax. Make use of the wellness area to soothe any sore muscles you might have from your adventure. The sauna and steam room will help you unwind and feel refreshed after your day in the mountains. Please note that the wellness area must be booked in advance and has an additional fee. 

Day 4: Cultural Immersion

Take a 40-minute drive from Tullymurry House to the Ulster Folk Museum for a morning of cultural exploration. This unique museum lets you experience what life was like in the past. You’ll see real historical buildings and meet guides dressed in traditional clothing who will show you how people lived and worked in different time periods. It’s a fun and interactive way to learn about the rich history and culture of Co Down.

After your visit to the Ulster Folk Museum, head to the nearby Castle Espie Wetland Centre for a relaxing picnic lunch. This beautiful nature reserve is located along the shores of Strangford Lough and is home to a variety of wildlife. Spend the afternoon walking around the wetlands and see if you can spot some rare birds or playful otters. It’s a peaceful place to enjoy nature and unwind after your morning of cultural immersion.

Don’t forget to bring a picnic blanket and some tasty snacks to enjoy while you’re there!

Day 5: Gardens and Castles

Take a short 30-minute drive to Mount Stewart House and Gardens for a lovely morning outing. Start by exploring the beautiful landscaped gardens, which are filled with all sorts of flowers, trees, and plants. Take your time wandering through the different areas and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. After your garden walk, head inside the house for a guided tour to learn about its history and see the fancy rooms. Before you leave, stop by the tearooms for a nice morning coffee or tea and maybe a tasty treat.

In the afternoon, make the 20-minute drive to Audley’s Castle to see the remains of a medieval castle. As you explore the ruins, imagine what life was like for the knights and ladies who once lived there. You can walk around the different parts of the castle and get a feel for how it was built and used. It’s a fun way to step back in time and experience a bit of history firsthand.

Don’t forget to bring your camera to take some pictures of the castle ruins.

Day 7: Newcastle and Kilbroney

We recommend taking a trip to the charming seaside town of Newcastle. (35 min drive). This place has something for everyone, from hikes and walks to forest parks, beautiful beaches, and amazing nature reserves. You can easily spend the whole day exploring all that Newcastle has to offer.

On your way to Newcastle, make a stop at Warrenpoint and Kilbroney Forest Park. If you’re travelling with kids, they’ll love the Narnia Trail at Kilbroney Forest. It’s a fun-themed walk based on the famous book series. You can also rent mountain bikes here if you want to explore the park on two wheels.

For those who love golf, Newcastle is home to the Royal County Down Golf Club. This club has been voted as the Number 1 course in the World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses by Golf Digest in 2017, 2018, and 2019. If you’re a fan of the sport, this is definitely a must-visit spot.

Our House Manager recommends

  • Visit Cranfield Alpacas ( 40 minute drive) and discover how adorable alpacas can be.  They have a variety of experiences available. 
  • You can try a stonewalling day with Jenny and Mark( a fantastic couple who are brilliant at what they do) at Green holiday cottages. They can also get children involved. 
  • Newry Food Tour runs in the warmer months only and is worth checking out. 
  • Take the story of  Newry walking tour with Sinead and find out information about the area that many locals don’t even know. 
  • Also recommended is a visit to Strandfield – florist, baker and grocer to pick up some treats for your holiday. 

Where to eat?

Here are some great options for dining in the local area:

  • Newry Food Tour: Join a walking food tour in Newry to sample the best regional cuisine. It’s a fun way to explore the town and try different local dishes. Visit 
  • The Bronte Steakhouse (Banbridge): This recommended steakhouse is a 10 minute drive from Tullymurry House. 
  • Sintons on the Bridge (Scarva): Located just a 20-minute drive away, this restaurant comes highly recommended. If the weather is nice, you can also enjoy a walk along the towpath before or after your meal. 
  • The Vault (Banbridge): If you’re in the mood for pizza, this place is great. It’s a 20-minute drive from Tullymurry House. 
  • Hollie Berrie Tearooms (Scarva): Perfect for breakfast or lunch, this charming tearoom is a 20-minute drive away. 
  • The Whistledown Hotel (25 minute drive)- a popular spot with foodies. 
  • The Flagstaff Newry ( 10 minutes) 
  • Hara at Home Meal Delivery: Irish Landmark Trust has partnered with Co. Down based food company Hara at Home to offer guests a premium meal delivery service. You can pre-order restaurant-quality meals to be delivered right to your door at Tullymurry House. Visit the website to browse the menu and place your order for the desired date.

When is the best time to visit Tullymurry House?

Tullymurry House is a great destination year-round, so the best time to visit depends on your personal preferences and what you’d like to do during your stay.

If you’re interested in attending local events, check out the weekly “What’s On” guide. This list will give you an idea of the various activities and festivities happening throughout the year, so you can plan your visit accordingly.

Keep in mind that Irish Landmark Trust holidays become more affordable the longer you stay. With so much to see and do in the area, consider booking a few extra nights to make the most of your visit to Tullymurry House, Co. Down.

Please note that these suggestions are meant to help you plan your trip and are based on information available as of Spring 2024. Always check individual websites for the most up-to-date opening times and booking details before finalising your itinerary.


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