As people rediscover just what is on their doorstep, Lisburn & Castlereagh stands out with its luxury accommodation, award-winning eateries, beautiful open spaces and rich cultural heritage. While you explore everything this part of Northern Ireland has to offer, we've put together some suggested itineraries to help you make the most of your visit and plan your time here, and although we can't include everything there is to see and do, we're sure that the below suggestions will provide an unforgettable staycation in Lisburn & Castlereagh!
Spend a day exploring 100 acres of stunning royal gardens and make your way through the magnificent Georgian house built by Wills Hill, which is still in use as a Royal residence in Northern Ireland. "Explainers" will be on hand to answer any questions you might have, whilst guided tours are on hold.Hillsborough Castle
With recently upgraded walkways, viewpoints and car-parking, Hillsborough Forest is a firm favourite with families, nature-lovers and photographers and the new woodland-themed outdoor play area is sure to be a hit with kids.Hillsborough Forest
Whether you want to discover the secrets of craft-distilling or are just a devoted gin fan, get some "ginspiration" at Hughes Craft Distillery’s Gin School! The class includes a selection of signature drinks from the distillery along with tasty canapes produced with local ingredients in The StillHouse Kitchens.The StillHouse of Moira
While on staycation, treat yourself to one of Northern Ireland's most highly acclaimed restaurants and book at table at Wine & Brine, where Michelin-Star trained chef Chris Magowan provides a mouth-watering (and award-winning) menu, bursting with local produce. A dining experience to be remembered!Wine & Brine
Sir Richard Wallace - Lisburn's most famous landlord - left a legacy of buildings, memorials and endowments, many of which are explored on this self-guided walking trail around the city centre - from Wallace Park, Wallace Avenue and Wallace High School, to Castle House, Castle Gardens and Lisburn Cathedral.Richard Wallace Walking Trail
The fabric of Lisburn's past comes to life at The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, where you will discover the birthplace of Ireland's linen industry with a free tour.Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum
A short 20 minute walk along the Lagan Tow Path will give you superb views of the now abandoned Hilden Mill, home of the Barbour Thread Factory, beside which the school house stands. A recommended spot for photographs of this derelict but highly significant building in Lisburn's past.Hilden Mill
Hilden Brewery. Ireland's oldest independent brewery, is a 5 minute walk from the old Hilden Mill, and makes an ideal stop for lunch or dinner. A popular choice among foodies, you'll get delicious, local produce and a warm welcome, not to mention a taste of the local beer made on site!Hilden Brewery
Lace up your boots and try out Lisburn & Castlereagh's infamous Dundonald International Ice Bowl. With skating aids for children - beginners and experts alike can enjoy the ice rink and have an unforgettable experience! (pre-booking required)Dundonald International Ice Bowl
A 30,000 sq foot inflatable playground where childhood fantasy is a reality! With areas called The Mechanical sweeper, The Travelator, The Inflatable Ninja Area, The High Slides and The Wipe out Assault Course, it's easy to see why WeAreVertigo is so popular! (pre-booking required)We Are Vertigo
Whether you take in the experiences suggested above or uncover your own adventures, here are just some of the many Tourism Northern Ireland certified accommodation options which you can call home as you do so...
Escape to the heart of the Co. Down Countryside at @LarchfieldEstate - sleeping up to 37 guests across beautifully renovated 1800’s stone cottages (and a restored 1950’s Swiss Army Truck providing an elegant glamping experience for the adventurous types!), this hidden gem is the perfect destination for a relaxing retreat, or for a private celebration with friends and family.
✔️Open for business now
✔️Artisan breakfast hampers filled with local & homemade produce
✔️Guided Wildlife Walk
✔️Candle Making with Estate Beekeeper
✔️Family / Group Stays
✔️Relax & Reconnect
❗15% off second night stay and 20% of all nights if 3-5 nights for Rose Cottage, Farm Cottage, The Willows & No. 23Book Now
Bay Tree Cottage are offering a luxurious experience as a self-catering cottage with optional breakfast hampers available. A detached cottage set in a stunning country location, yet only a 5 minute drive to the historical Georgian village of Hillsborough.
Bay Tree Cottage opened to guests in 2017, having been meticulously designed to provide luxurious, high quality accommodation for up to 4 guests, who can enjoy the tranquil setting and all the modern amenities. The owners, who live in their adjacent cottage, are both personable and welcoming, and will make your stay memorable.
They have been certified 'We're Good To Go' and have implemented measures above and beyond the COVID-19 Industry Standard.
Their aim is to ensure that your staycation will be both enjoyable and safe, and that you will leave feeling #relaxed and #refreshed.
✔️Certified "We're Good To Go"
✔️Breakfast hampers available
✔️Well located to explore Hillsborough & surrounding area
✔️All modern amenities
Bookings can be made via their stunning new website www.visitbaytree.comBook Now
Rose Cottage, based in the Lisburn, County Down, is a beautiful bungalow with its own front and back gardens, private parking and self check-in.
Guests have this beautiful home all to themselves, and situated less that 1 minute from the M1 Motorway and within a very short walk to the town centre with its bus and train stations, this home has been a huge hit with visitors since it opened it doors.
Although the host allows you your privacy, she is always on hand if needed and has made many a friend from the guests who have visited - not least because as well as providing somewhere to stay she also loves to entertain with the odd folklore story or a guided tour (she is both a qualified tour guide for the area and more recently studied to get a recognised qualification in her passion for telling Irish stories!)
Rose Cottage has proudly picked up many awards since opening, the latest of which was the Lisburn City Business Award recognising the popularity of this beautiful home among visitors and locals.
✔️Whole house accommodation
✔️Self check in
✔️Private back gardens with garden furniture
✔️short walk to all the city centre ammenities
The whole bungalow from £49 per night and special offers for weekly and monthly stays.
Book your getaway direct with the host:
Re-open for business from 3rd Aug, Ladybird Cottage is a peaceful, friendly home full of character.
Guests have top floor of this three storey home with a double bedroom, ensuite and separate chill out area with sofa, desk and TV.
Close to the centre of historic Hillsborough village with it's award winning architecture, restaurants and pubs, and attractions including Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, Hillsborough Fort, Hillsborough Forest Park and Lakes - all just a short walk away.
The Mountains of Mourne are a 30 minute drive and Lisburn Golf Course and the Eikon Exhibition Centre just a few mins drive.
✔️Guided walks available on request
Book your summer getaway at Ladybird Cottage for £57 per night by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07939238543
The stunning "62 Lisburn Street" is set in the heart of the beautiful Co Down village of Hillsborough.
This loft style accommodation is an ideal place to relax and enjoy all the area has to offer. Excellent pubs, restaurants, shops and a deli - everything you need for a perfect stay is on the doorstep. Historic Hillsborough Castle and Hillsborough Forest Park are also easily accessed.
The perfect spot to come and relax as a base for a holiday full of activity or simply enjoy all the local area has to offer.
Your booking includes a welcome pack including eggs, bread, jam, butter, tea, coffee, cereal, milk, orange juice and a bottle of Prosecco 🍾
£80 per night, 20% discount for weekly stay
Contact email@example.com to book
Kilcreenylodge B&B is nestled in the heart of the County Antrim countryside with stunning views over the Mourne and Sperrin Mountains and equally breathtaking views across Lough Neagh - the largest lake in the British Isles.
Kilcreeny Lodge is a family run bed and breakfast managed and owned by Jim Wright and family. They are also pet-friendly and have their very own resident Golden Retriever "Devon" who is extremely gentle and likes nothing more than to great guests 🐕
Local produce is used where possible in their traditional Ulster fry: black pudding, soda and potato bread and all meats are locally sourced also 👍Book Now
The cosy Comber Road Guest Accommodation is a one bedroom apartment 2 miles from the remarkable village of Hillsborough. Set in 4 acres and surrounded by the rolling drumlins of County Down you will enjoy a peaceful stay in accommodation that is clean, warm and convenient
This large, self-contained and separate apartment includes:
✔️BBQ and outdoor seating with fire pit 🔥
Additionally, how's this for a fun idea - there are no problems if you want to bring a tent to pitch in the large garden for more adventure ⛺
From £45 per night including a help yourself breakfast of cereal, bread, milk, eggs and spreads provided together with coffees and teas.
To book contact firstname.lastname@example.org or tel tel: 07414674294
Drumra Self-Catered Apartment is a bright, spacious countryside apartment with beautiful views over rolling farmland. Located on the 1st floor the apartment is in a peaceful, quiet location with an abundance of wildlife.
✔️Close to local amenities
✔️10 mins to Lisburn
✔️20 mins to the Mourne Mountains, beaches and forest parks.
✔️20 mins to Belfast
👉3 bedrooms (sleeps up to 5)
👉Open plan living kitchen dinner
👌Everything you need for a comfortable getaway!
For a 5% discount - book direct by emailing email@example.com
The Ballymac Hotel “Summer Staycations” are a great option for both couples and families seeking a relaxing break this summer.
July & August Couples Offer - Enjoy a one night break in the relaxing surroundings of the Ballymac Hotel with a continental breakfast in the morning for just £70.00 per couple.
July & August Family Getaway for two adults & two Children includes accommodation & Continental breakfast for just £90 per family.
Special offer pricing includes accommodation & Continental breakfast. Double, Twin & Family rooms available.
✔️Grill Bar serving Food all day
To book your staycation contact the friendly team at Ballymac on 02892648313 or click the button below.Book Now
The La Mon Hotel & Country Club is an outstanding family owned 4 Star Hotel, perfect for family breaks, romantic getaways or a long leisurely weekend.
Why not treat yourself and someone special to this fabulous offer...
✔️Bottle of bubbly in your room on arrival
✔️Full Buffet Breakfast
✔️Use of La Mon Country Club: 15M Swimming Pool, Tennis Court, 2 Gymnasiums, Jacuzzi, Steam Room & Sauna
✔️Complimentary car-parking & WiFi
❗ £49.50 per person sharing
Lisnacurran Country House offers award-winning accommodation just minutes from both Hillsborough and Lisburn.
Beautifully decorated, a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and a varied selection of local, fresh produce for breakfast (and even a ‘bagged to go’ option)
Currently if you book a Saturday night B&B in Sept, you can stay Sunday night for half price 👍Book Now
The Byre is a quiet, idyllic retreat perfect for meditation, escapism, slowing down one’s pace and being at one with nature. A place to find one's inner-self... 🙏
With stunning scenery and views of the Mourne Mountains, it is a popular area for artists to visit, and you can relax having this self contained stable conversion as your base to explore the area.
✔️15 mins from Hillsborough
Set in the grounds of historical Berwick Hall, this wonderfully restored, 18th century barn is now a 4* self-catering cottage with 2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, living room and sunroom/dining room.
Berwick Hall Cottage is set in an idyllic, rural location, surrounded by wild flower gardens and trees yet is just 1km from the bustling village of Moira.
Owner Raymond is a keen cyclist and offers bike hire and guided cycling tours for all levels of ability on nearby tow paths and country roads 🚴🏻Book Now