Guided tours

Guided tours, group or educational visits at Portico can be accommodated at any time if booked ahead. Please contact us for further details. 

Guided tours

In the summer season (May to September inclusive) guided tours are available, without appointment, on Tuesdays at 2pm, Thursdays at 11am and Sundays at 2pm. The tour lasts approximately one hour after which you are welcome to explore the building, its displays, the organ or our digital tablets at your leisure. The cost is £10 for adults (over 18 years) and accompanied children go free. There are no other concessions.

The tours tell the fascinating history of the building’s architecture and restoration as well as encompassing interactive exhibitions on local history and on the history of western Christian church music (with audio samples). The organ loft displays explore the inner workings of the instrument and the history of the organ over the last two millennia. You also have the opportunity to play on the stunning new organ console – or let the organ give you a recital all on its own.
If groups have an interest in a particular aspect of Portico and its displays these can be explored in greater depth by prior arrangement. 

Guided tours are available on other days, at other times and throughout the year by prior appointment. Please allow at least one week's notice when making a booking.

To discuss your needs please contact [email protected]

Options and prices

Scones at The Portico of Ards

Tour only: £10 per person (NB accompanied children go free)

Tour with tea/coffee and freshly baked scones: £15 pp

Tour with wheaten bread and Portavogie prawns:  £25 pp

Please note that minimum numbers are required to run tours outside the scheduled times on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays or else a fee of £50 applies.
Discounted rates are available for tour operators. To discuss your needs please contact [email protected]

Local partners

We work with local partners to create lovely bundles for you!

The Portaferry Hotel or Cuan Inn in Strangford provide excellent lunches, dinners or accommodation. See our places to eat and places to stay sections.

There's lots to see and do locally, too. Ards Peninsula Tours offer fabulous tours of the area to suit all levels of fitness and topics of interest. Echlinville Distillery has a fascinating history and working distillery to admire not to mention some nice samples to check out too. See our activities section for more information on either.

There's lots more information on everything else in our Beyond Portico section on this website. 

Any questions, do get in touch!


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