Funerals & memorials

Dignified ceremonies in beautiful surroundings

When organising a funeral or a memorial service it can be difficult to find an appropriate venue somewhere special but dignified; where the service will be the service you want; where the staff discretely manage the day to ensure that everything goes as you wish.

Portico in Portaferry is such a place. With seating for over 300, ample car parking, state of the art audio-visual equipment (including live streaming for people unable to attend) and fully accessible facilities, Portico is a practical as well as beautiful option for a funeral or memorial service.

Reception options

We offer a range of options for those who wish to hold a reception following the service. The Orr Room is a panelled period meeting room (complete with mahogany hunt table) to seat up to 16 or 30 standing. Outside, the sandstone terrace, garden or quadrangle each provide charming spaces. Directly opposite Portico is the old National School which seats up to 100 (or 200 standing).


Just north of Portaferry, set amid rolling green hills and mature woodland, is the quiet and beautiful Ballymanish Cemetery. Opened in the late 1800s and owned and maintained by the local Presbyterian congregation, it is available for anyone to use no matter origin, denomination or religion. The Cememtery Committee ensures the graveyard retains its special character by carefully managing the landscape and graves to safeguard our loved ones forever.

Frequently asked questions

Who will take the service?

We work with a range of experienced officiants to meet individual needs. You can also choose to provide your own officiant such as a family friend.

What about the music?

Anyone in your party is welcome to use our fully restored pipe organ or beautiful Kawai grand piano. Or we can arrange for a pianist or organist or suggest other musicians  as desired.

Can you organise a reception?

We offer a range of reception spaces and catering options to suit every budget.

Will you arrange flowers?

Yes we can. Talk to us about your wishes and budget and will we organise the rest.

How much will it cost?

There is a flat fee of £250 to hire the venue for a funeral or memorial service. Optional extras such as a reception or organist will incur additional fees.

Who should I contact?
Contact Verity at 028 4272 8808 or [email protected]