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Portaferry welcomes tourists from all over the world who come to experience its traditional charm and the incredible beauty of its surroundings.

A small port with traditional shops, pubs, restaurants and a market square, Portaferry is located near the southern tip of the Ards Peninsula, at the narrow entrance to Strangford Lough.


Once a significant port, it was home to a number of maritime related industries such as rope making, ship building and ship salvage. As boats became bigger, navigation of 'The Narrows' became more difficult and Portaferry's advantage was lost to Belfast and other more navigable ports.

Today Portaferry is an attractive seaside town with a population of around 2,750. It is home to Exploris, the Northern Ireland Aquarium, and is rich in architectural heritage and traditional charm. Other local attractions include the National Trust Properties at Mount Stewart and Castleward, the Wildfowl and Wetland Centre at Castle Espie, St Patrick's heritage at Downpatrick and a variety of local walks and places of natural beauty. We can help you arrange a wide range of educational and recreational activities on and off the Lough.


Some useful links:


Exploris - The Northern Ireland Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary

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Architectural Heritage (Friends of PPC)


Portaferry Gala Official Website

DV Diving Official Website

Canoe NI Official Website

Portaferry Sailing Club Official Website