Explore the Area
Lying on the southwest corner of Strangford Lough in beautiful County Down, Killyleagh is a plantation town and port accented by the stunning 13th century Killyleagh Castle – one of Ireland’s oldest inhabited castles. At the other end of the picturesque village lie the shores of Strangford Lough, known for its spectacular sea views, hidden caves, sheltered inlets, abundant fishing and rare wildlife.
Located centrally within County Down, visitors to Dufferin Coaching Inn & Hall have easy access to a wide range of attractions and beauty spots from the gorgeous seaside towns of Bangor and Holywood in North Down to the breath-taking walking trails through the Mourne Mountains, world-class golf courses, National Trust properties and historic gardens, estates and castles. And with the capital city of Belfast a short scenic drive from Killyleagh, this part of Northern Ireland offers fun things to do for travellers of all ages and dispositions.
Following the global popularity of the television show Game of Thrones, filming locations in Northern Ireland have become popular among tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars and the iconic backgrounds featured in the show. Guest at Dufferin are perfectly placed to take our bespoke Game of Thrones Driving Tour which allows you to see the location settings for much of the HBO show - many of the sets are nearby to Dufferin Coaching Inn! Eager fans can also experience the Winterfell experience at Castle Ward.
Things to Do
While staying at Dufferin Coaching Inn guests can take advantage of a wide range of activities and attractions available in our back yard including unique boutiques, luxurious spas and salons, outdoor pursuits and world-class golfing among others.
With historic estates, gardens and forest parks abundant in Northern Ireland, the National Trust does an excellent job at preserving our local heritage. Visit their site to explore what’s on at our local landmarks.
Boat trips, walking and hiking trails, swimming and fishing are just some of the outdoor pursuits our guests love to try their hand at while in Northern Ireland. Visit OutdoorNI for a list of what’s on for outdoor lovers.
Visit Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is quickly becoming a must-visit destination in Europe! While planning your visit to NI be sure to consult with Discover Northern Ireland for up to date info on all the latest events, festivals and more!
Places to eat
Northern Ireland is blessed with abundant local produce and offers unique culinary experiences for all tastes, from fresh seafood fished from Strangford Lough to world-famous Comber potatoes and artisan Finnebrogue venison. With 2016 named as Northern Ireland's Year of Food & Drink, there are endless local opportunities to tuck in to world-class cuisine using Northern Irish ingredients.
Here are just a few of our favourite places to eat in and around Killyleagh including 2018 Casual Dining Winners The Smuggler’s Table as well as our next door neighbours, the famous Dufferin Arms Pub & Restaurant - just click on the links to visit their sites. For more information on Northern Ireland’s outstanding culinary offerings visit Taste of Ulster
Explore your Roots
Offering free Wi-Fi and plenty of space to work, Dufferin Coaching Inn is the ideal location for genealogical visits to Northern Ireland. With its proximity to Belfast offering easy access to many of the country’s archives and the central records office as well as a well-stocked local library in Killyleagh and access to a number of Ulster’s most historical sites, the area offers a number of opportunities to trace your family’s heritage, whether you choose to walk in their footsteps or take advantage of local archives to map out your ancestry.