Attractions Close to Newton Lodge

Castlewellan is set within the Mourne Mountains which is truly an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Within walking distance is Castlewellan town centre with its Lower and Upper Squares offering a variety of shops and restaurants.

Castlewellan Forest Park, renowned for its beautiful Arboretum, Castle and lake, is home to the largest hedge maze in the Europe. Here you can enjoy leisurely walks, water sports, fishing, mountain biking and in July, the park is the venue for the annual Agricultural Show, which attracts thousands of visitors. Several of the walks are Wheelchair Friendly.

Newcastle Seaside Resort, with its beautiful beach and world renowned Royal County Down Golf Course provides a pathway to the Slieve Donard and Mourne Mountain Range. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, an indoor play facility not to mention a boating lake, pitch and putt, tennis courts and amusement arcades. There is a  Golf Driving Range and Crazy Golf Course,and only reently there is a new All Abilities PlayPark opened.

Downpatrick, the County Town, is a 20 minute drive away. It has a large visitors centre depicting St Patrick’s story. The old gaol is now a museum and St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Patrick’s grave, form part of The St Patrick’s Trail, which also includes wells and wishing chairs. Steam Train enthusiasts have refurbished some of the railway track and train rides are available during holiday periods. There is also a large leisure complex with swimming pool and gym facilities, a 5 screen Cinema Complex.

Belfast City is approximately 25 miles from Castlewellan. Places of interest include The Titanic Centre, City Hall, Stormont Castle and Gardens, Belfast Zoo, Odyssey Arena with 3D Cinema, W5 interactive science museum, Grand Opera House, Belfast Castle, Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Dundonald Ice Bowl and Ten Pin Bowling.

Newry City, approximately 20 miles away provides a great venue for Shopping enthusiasts and also has a wide range of Restaurants, Cinema ,Go-Karting and Golf Driving Range.

Dublin, the Capital City of Ireland is approximately 2 hours drive away and is home to the famous Guinness Factory, Zoological Gardens, Kilmainham Jail, Dublin Castle, Trinity College and numerous historical places of interest , all of which can be enjoyed by young and old, via Open-Top Bus Tours.

Day Trips:

  • The Giant’s Causeway
  • Bushmills Whiskey Distillery
  • The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
  • The American Folk Park
  • Exploris Aquarium – Portaferry
  • Tollymore Forest Park
  • Castleward House and Gardens
  • Murlough Beach and Nature reserve
  • Castle Espie Nature Reserve/Bird Sanctuary
  • Bangor Marina and Pickie Fun Park
  • Bangor Castle/ Bangor Abbey
  • Ward Park
  • Somme Heritage Centre
  • Mount Stewart House and Gardens
  • Rowallane Gardens
  • Armagh Planetarium
  • Navan Centre and Fort
  • Seaforde Butterfly House
  • Silent Valley
  • Kilbroney Forest Park