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Portaferry Local Visitor Information Office at Exploris

Within Reception at Exploris Aquarium, you will find visitor information on the local area, helping you to explore all there is to see and do and staff on hand to assist with enquiries. 
Exploris Aquarium is open 10am to 5pm seven days a week.

 028 9182 6846 / [email protected]

Strangford Lough Ferry Service

The ferry sails between Strangford and Portaferry every day except Christmas Day. Delays ocassionally occur due to fog.

From Strangford
Weekdays - First Sailing at 7.30am, last sailing at 10.30pm
Saturdays - First Sailing at 8.00am, last sailing at 11.00pm
Sundays - First Sailing at 9.30am, last sailing at 10.30pm

From Portaferry
Weekdays - First Sailing at 7.45am, last sailing at 10.45pm
Saturdays - First Sailing at 8.15am, last sailing at 11.15pm
Sundays - First Sailing at 9.45am, last sailing at 10.45pm

Contact: / 0300 200 7898

Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership

A comprehensive source of information on natural heritage sites and activities across Strangford Lough and the Lecale region including a wide variety of maps, trails and guides. Also a small secondhand bookshop. Open Mon-Thurs 9.15-5pm, Fri 9.15-4pm.


Heritage Gallery in Downpatrick Library

Downpatrick Library 
Market Street 
BT30 6LZ
The Heritage Gallery in Downpatrick library holds a large reference collection of volumes covering all aspects of life in County Down including Ordnance Survey Parish Memoirs compiled in the 1830s and a selection of specialised and antiquarian books for family history research including street directories, Griffith’s Valuation, Gravestone Inscriptions, Ireland’s Memorial Records and Grand Jury Records of the County administration prior to 1898. These and Grand Warrants contain information about work ordered to be done by the Grand Jury on roads, bridges and jails and about constabulary duties in the counties.
t: 028 4433 3980 / 028 4461 2895
e: [email protected]
For current opening hours please consult our website: