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Discover Ardglass, 9-11 Bath Street, Ardglass


Saturday, 16 June, 2018


14:30 to 16:30



Including a coffee stop

About the Event

In Ireland's most fortified town this tour explores the medieval Down giving a flavour of what the area was like when the first horse race was run at Downpatrick in 1685. Believe it or not people were still living in the castles of Ardglass! This is an access all areas tour of the town giving access to two of its castles.

Beginning at the Maritime heritage Centre explore the Ardglass of yesteryear. From the Irish for Green Height, Ardglass is one of the oldest towns in Ireland. After the Norman conquest the harbour became an important centre on the coast. Six castles, one visited by King John, are testament to the former glory of the town. After falling to ruin in the 1700s the town was forgotten. That is until an interesting man and the first eccentric, namely William Ogilvie, took it upon himself to rebuild it.

Discover the plan laid out by him in his splendid Georgian revival. Listen to the stories of the eccentrics of note who called his town their home. They include Major Aubrey William Beauclerk, Thomas Hunter, Francis Joseph Bigger, and Joe Gilmore. The tour gives you exclusive access to two old castles, one of which is now Ardglass Golf Club.

This walk is brought to life with the diary of someone who lived in Ardglass in the 1820s. This remarkable book includes stories of intrigue, murder, disaster, and fascinating occasions.

The Coffee Stop

Where better to stop and pause for a coffee than the viewing deck of Ardglass Castle? Overlooking the harbour, you can spot the original fortified warehouse complete with a 1405 coat of arms for London.

This event is part of the DownTime Festival.

What to Bring

Sensible walking shoes,

Clothes for inclement weather

Contact and Booking

Tickets can be purchased via PayPal using the link below or you can contact Duane on +44(0)78 3544 1933 or lecalepeninsula@live.com

For more information about Castles on the coast, click here.

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Walk the Lecale Peninsula

9 Crossmore Road, Ardglass, Downpatrick
+44(0)78 3544 1933