County Down Ireland Facts

County Down Ireland facts include its location being positioned in the North East corner of Ireland. It is one of the six counties that form Northern Ireland (uk) sitting within the province of Ulster.

It is home to the Mountains of Mourne a unique part of Ireland landscapes and if you are visiting Ireland it has many attractions including the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Tollymore Forest Park, coastal town of Bangor and of course the Mourne Mountains.

You can find more on these sights in County Down here as well as some ideas on where to stay.

Fun Facts about Ireland:
County Down 

County Down Ireland Facts:

  • Down contains both the southernmost point of Northern Ireland (uk) (Cranfield Point) and the easternmost point of Ireland (Burr Point).
  • It is one of only two counties of Ireland to presently have a majority of the population from a Protestant community background, according to the 2001 census. The other is County Antrim.
  • The Mourne Mountains have been named as an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are at least a dozen peaks in the mountains.
  • Slieve Donard, at 849 m (2,785 ft), is the highest peak in the Mournes and in Northern Ireland (uk)
  • The county town, although not the largest, is Downpatrick. It is named after Dun Padraig (Irish), since it has many links to Saint Patrick. He is thought to be buried in the grounds of Down Cathedral.
  • Down contains two significant peninsulas: Ards Peninsula and Lecale peninsula.
  • The Old Inn in Crawfordsburn is one of Ireland's oldest hostelries, with records dating back to 1614.
  • The county has a population of about 531,665. It is also one of the thirty-two traditional counties of Ireland, lying within the province of Ulster.
  • Killyleagh Castle, in County Down, Northern Ireland, is the oldest occupied castle in Ireland.Built in the 13th century, it is still in use as a private home.
  • Mount Stewart House and Gardens are amongst the finest estates in Northern Ireland and can be found about five miles south of Newtownards near Strangford Lough. 

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