The Portico of Ards ('Portico') is an Arts and Heritage Centre in Portaferry, County Down, at the mouth of Strangford Lough in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (45 mins south of Belfast).

Built in 1841, Portico is a venue with unique grade A listed Greek architecture. It is owned by the charity Portico of Ards Ltd. but still used every Sunday morning by the Portaferry Presbyterian congregation (now our tenants).

Portico was restored and reopened in 2016 as a venue for events: Classical, Comedy, Country, Folk, Jazz, Organ, Pop, Rock, Theatre and more!

We also offer guided tours of the architecture, heritage exhibitions and the refurbished organ with its spectacular modern console.

Portico is a social enterprise that aims to make life better for locals and visitors. We believe that arts and heritage brings joy to individuals and social and economic benefits to the wider community by attracting visitors and local spend.

Our wonderful team of volunteers make it all happen!