Down is a county in Northern Ireland named after its county town, Downpatrick. It is situated on the Northeastern side of Ireland, with a substantial coastline which includes two major peninsulas jutting into the Irish Sea. The area has been renowned for its spectacular beauty for centuries, with scenic rivers, the Mourne Mountains and several islands being very popular for tourists.
Patrick Bronte (father of the Bronte sisters) came from this area, and there are many other places of interest - mostly the major cities of Belfast and Newry, but there are many smaller towns and dozens of villages and hamlets which are very scenic and would offer spectacular insights and views into traditional Irish culture and heritage. Railway enthusiasts have two historic railways (Belfast & Co. Down railway and Great Northern Railway of Ireland) to visit as well as modern rail links for travelling.
The area of Down is notable for its many ecclesiastical places of interest; there are many ancient and beautiful abbeys and priories, some of which date back to the 5th Century (and Saint Patrick) with many medieval and renaissance-era buildings having survived the reformation of Henry VIII which unfortunately decimated mainland England's Catholic heritage. These are very popular as tourist destinations, and there are plenty of tourism companies who will arrange itineraries of places to visit along with suitable accommodation and travel arrangements. With Royal Co. Down Golf Club, Castle Espie and surrounding wetlands, Scrabo Tower, Mount Stewart House and Gardens, Killeagh Castle, Spelga fishing reservoir, Murlough Nature Reserve, Castlewellan Forest Park, Rowallane Garden, Nendrum monastery, Killyleagh Castle and Co. Down museum, all in easy reach, tourists are spoiled for choice when looking for local places of interest.
Themed breaks are very popular in Down, with golfing, spa, cycling, art festivals, family or pet-friendly and activity breaks available. Walking, tours, hill-climbing, canoeing and hiking itineraries can be tailored to suit the wishes of most seasoned travelers, or simply for somewhere to relax and get away from the daily grind, the scenic beauty and choices of peaceful rural or more lively city visits mean that there will be plenty for everyone in Down.
Naturally, being Ireland there will also be no shortage of quality public houses, bars, hotels, restaurants and clubs to visit serving a huge range of foods and beverages. There are two Tourist Information Centres in Co. Down, situated in The Saint Patrick Centre, Downpatrick, and Central Promenade, Newcastle. These will be happy to help provide any information or to make arrangements for tourism in Co. Down as required.