Strangford & Portaferry by DOE

Find Us

PORTICO is at the southeast corner of Strangford Lough, on the tip of the Ards Peninsula.

Driving directions

From Belfast/Newtownards

Take the A20 east through Dundonald and Newtownards. Stay on A20 as it skirts edge of Strangford Lough continuing past Grey Abbey, through Kircubbin and finally arriving at Portaferry when you see a small roundabout in front of you and a police station on the right hand side. Turn left onto Ann Street. At T-junction with Portaferry High Street turn right. Follow the one-way system past some shops. Look out for Spar on right and a butcher’s shop on the left, which are just before you turn sharp left into Meetinghouse Street. (If you overshoot turn right immediately, right again, then right again when you see police station.) You will see PORTICO ahead of you to right, car park is to your left.

From Newry/Downpatrick

Take the A20 south towards Strangford and follow signs for the ferry, which runs every half hour until 11pm. On leaving ferry, turn right along seafront. Take third left onto Steel Dickson Avenue (signposted Community Centre). PORTICO is on left at top of hill. Turn left to park.

Public Transport

There are buses from all towns in Northern Ireland to Portaferry or Strangford. Please check the Translink website for details or ring 028 9066 6630.


Portaferry is on the National Cycle Network – route 99. For more information visit