12 Sep 2023
Northern Ireland’s Exploris Aquarium has opened a new Under the Sea experience offering a diver’s view of the ocean depths.
Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry, Co. Down.
Exploris is located in the Strangford Lough Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, also designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest. It is one of the most richly bio-diverse regions in Europe and a wonderful place to indulge in a spot of bird watching.
It’s also a great place to get out on the water to kayak, sail or wind surf. The Glide with the Tide experience offers a unique way to discover the beautiful marine environment and its riches whilst having a bespoke food tour to sample the best of the area’s produce.
There is also lots of history and heritage to explore. A short ferry ride from Portaferry will take you to the village of Strangford where the eighteenth-century Castle Ward is located. This beautiful mansion, famed for its mixture of architectural styles, is open for tours. The Castle Ward estate also provided some of the most recognisable backdrops from the Game of Thrones TV series.
Old Castle Ward’s courtyard doubled as Winterfell and was where Bran first learned archery. Fans of the series can do a tour that includes dressing up in Stark costumes and learning to shoot with bow and arrow.
Exploris: Under The Sea, Co. Down.
Portaferry, Co. Down.
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