Ferry at Portaferry

Historical tour of Portaferry


2 hours

Tour Type

Walking tour

Tour Size

Group size Min 6 -maximum 25 people

Once an important shipbuilding centre, Portaferry is now an important tourist destination. Join Brigid for an engaging and entertaining tour on a gentle walk around the town. Discover Portaferry’s links with North America through the stories of emigrants from the local area. Portaferry has many impressive buildings of architectural interest including a church built in the style of a Greek temple!

At the height of its’ prosperity in the 19th century Portaferry had 33 public houses! Today Queen’s University has a marine research laboratory in the town which is a centre of excellence for international scientific research. Learn about the exciting and innovative renewable energy research projects are undertaken in Strangford Lough.

What our clients said about this tour

“The tour guide was the very professional Brigid Watson. There were 6 of us – We were school classmates although we are all now over 70. We go on a different outing each month. We all liked Brigid and all enjoyed the tour. We asked questions and she had all the answers. We had asked for a general tour which is what we got. It covered history, architecture, graveyards, ferries, churches, buildings, tidal generators of electricity, castles, windmills, and that’s just what I remember e.g. The history went from Mesolithic to Neolithic to Celtic to St Patrick to Vikings to Anglo-Normans to Plantation to 1798 Rebellion to smuggling to seaweed production to thriving commerce, and that’s just the history I remember. Great tour, delightfully done. Good day out!”
Jimmy & friends Belfast

Highlights on this walking tour include:

  • Portico – a magnificent church building in the style of a Greek Temple
  • Templecranny graveyard – ancient Christian site
  • Portaferry Market house
  • Portaferry Castle
  • The Ferry
  • Maritime Visitor Centre

Saturday, 15th April 2023

10.30 – 12.30

Departure point:
Outside the Portaferry hotel, Portaferry.

Group Bookings:
Discount rate available for groups of 10 or more people.  Please contact us for more information.

The list of available dates for this tour can be found in our Tour Schedule.

Historical tour of Portaferry


Total: 12.00
Category: SKU: N/A

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