County Down is located in the southeast of Northern Ireland, with Antrim and Armagh as its neighbours.
Down is immortalised by William Perch French in “The Mountains of Mourne”. Saint Patrick arrived in the area in A.D. 432 and later died in Downpatrick, where the saint is buried. County Down is also referred to as the Bronte County as Patrick Bronte, the father of Emily, Charlotte and Anne Bronte, was born in the Bann Valley.
The area has the Slieve Donard Mountain Range as well as the Mourne Mountains to add to the beauty of its landscape and the jewel in that crown must be Strangford Lough, much beloved of naturalists and boat enthusiasts alike. A more tranquil, though no less majestic landscape can be enjoyed in the grounds of Mount Stewart, home to one of Ireland’s best-known gardens.
In Newcastle the National Trust managed Murlough National Nature Reserve provides a beautiful backdrop for bird watching or walking. The county also boasts some fine forest parks such as Tollymore Forest Park in Newcastle and Castlewellan Forest Park in Castlewellan.
Newry is a busy shopping location in County Down and well worth a visit for a bit of retail therapy and a short hotel break.
The Ireland Hotels website features a number of Down hotels and Down guesthouses in the county. To book Hotel Breaks in Down use the accommodation search box on this page.
This beautiful 4 Star Hotel overlooks Europe's Oldest Summit Canal and is located midway between Belfast & Dublin. With 110 Bedrooms & Suites, complete with CC Spa and an extensive Health & Leisure Complex and bars & restaurants serving some of Northern Irelands finest food you are guaranteed an enjoyable visit. The hotel offers everything from excellent wedding facilities and conference & business services to family and romantic breaks. It truly is a home from home with the opportunity to relax and unwind at the heart of the city.