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In advance of your visit, why not check out all there is to see and do, or even make plans for a short break in one of the local accommodation. Visit Ards and North Down (https://visitardsandnorthdown.com/)

Exploris is located on the Ards Peninsula, surrounded by the Irish Sea and Strangford Lough creating over 100miles of coastline.  The area is sprinkled with history and heritage, culture and family fun.  The ferry ride between the two villages of Portaferry and Strangford is not to be missed – go as a foot passenger taking in the breath taking views of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!

Local places to eat

Portaferry Hotel (www.portaferryhotel.com)

Captain Jacks (www.captainjacks.com)

Saltwater Brig (www.saltwaterbrig.com)

Harrisons of Greyabbey (www.harrisonsofgreyabbey.co.uk)

The Cuan (www.thecuan.com)

The Artisan (www.artisancookhouse.com)

The Lobster Pot (www.thelobsterpotstrangford.com)

Local places to visit

Echlinville Distillery (www.echlinville.com)

Portico (www.porticoards.com)

Pickie Park (www.pickiefunpark.com)

Castle Ward/Mount Stewart (www.nationaltrust.org.uk)

Sustainable Journeys Ireland (www.sustainablejourneysireland.com)

Visitor Information Office

Within the Reception of the aquarium you will find Portaferry Local Visitor Information Office, displaying lots of literature, useful maps and an interactive touchscreen helping you to discover the area and beyond, staff are on hand to assist with enquiries.

Close by you could explore fascinating National Trust properties, enjoy coastal walks, take in a musical performance, relax on a boat trip and taste amazing local food and drink – which so much to do, why not stay a while!

For the perfect family break, check out these ideas: (https://www.visitardsandnorthdown.com/experiences/3-day-itinerary-strangford-lough)