Top 10 Things to do in Rostrevor, United Kingdom (UK)

July 31, 2017 Moriah Teneyck

Rostrevor is a village and townland in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is within Newry, Mourne and Down District. It lies at the foot of Slieve Martin on the coast of Carlingford Lough. The Kilbroney River flows through the village.
Restaurants in Rostrevor

1. Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails

Kilbroney Forest Park Shore Road, Rostrevor BT34 3AA, Northern Ireland
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5 based on 42 reviews

Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails

The Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails offer some of the most exhilarating mountain biking in all of Ireland. With a mouth watering 27km red trail, a hair-raising 19km black trail and not just one but two purpose-built downhill trails there’s no denying it… Rostrevor is a mountain bikers’ haven!

Reviewed By smudgertrip - Belfast

Obviously challenging there a number of trails in different degrees of difficulty. Popular with all ages and abilities in a brilliant forest location. Ample parking and facilities available.

2. Cranfield Beach

Situated off the A2 Rostrevor to Kilkeel Road, Newry, Northern Ireland +44 28 4176 2525
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

Cranfield Beach

Reviewed By Newryoneisback - Newry, United Kingdom

It's been simply years since we've been here but a relative recently took the plunge by buying a mobile home and nestling in near the sand and sea. It was a sunny day thankfully with a nippy breeze. We walked along the sand with the kids playing merrily. Despite it being pleasant and scenically beautiful I guess there were only about 10 people on the beach. The local council have also installed a play zone for kids; the usual swings, slides, see - saw and so on. If it has a down-side it's the lack of a coffee place or cafe but I understand why there isn't one as there simply isn't the demand.

3. Narrow Water Keep and Castle

On the A2, Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland +44 28 9023 5000
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Narrow Water Keep and Castle

Reviewed By NHjo - Rye, New Hampshire

While visiting Warrenpoint on Carlingford Lough, I noticed this impressive castle tower and looked up its history. It was unfortunately the site of the Warrenpoint Ambush by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in 1979 during the Troubles, on the same day that Lord Mountbatten was assassinated. It's very picturesque on the lake and one of the sights I enjoyed in this lovely town on the edge of the beautiful lake.

4. Silent Valley Mountain Park

Kilkeel, Northern Ireland +44 28 9074 6580
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5 based on 94 reviews

Silent Valley Mountain Park

Reviewed By Sojourner-Texas_USA - Hamilton, Texas

The main attraction may be the huge dam and all the crystal clear water, but what they have the most of at Silent Valley are lovely trails. Trails for all ages and conditions, The grounds are well cared for and most attractive in the summer when everything is in bloom. Some trails run along the valley floor and up gently slopes, while others are fairly daunting as they climb the side of the Mountains. The views are beautiful and in some places spectacular. There are refreshments available as well as toilets, but it wouldn't hurt to bring your own food and beverages for greater variety.

5. Ring of Gullion

Crossmaglen BT35 8SW, Northern Ireland +44 28 3031 3170
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

Ring of Gullion

The Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a unique geological landform, unparalleled elsewhere in Ireland or the UK and was the first ring dyke in the world to be geologically mapped. It was voted onto the ‘Top 100 Geosites of UK & Ireland’. The ring of low, rugged hills forms a ‘rampart’ around the heather-clad Slieve Gullion mountain. Rich semi-wild habitats of heath, bog and woodland contrast with the neatly patterned fields and ladder farms. The AONB straddles the Northern Ireland border with the Republic of Ireland in south Armagh. The AONB shares many landscape characteristics with the adjacent Cooley peninsula in County Louth. Slieve Gullion’s mysterious reputation arises from its associations with legends and the wider area’s rich archaeological heritage. It was along these roads and fields, and over these hills and Mountains, that Cuchulainn and the Red Branch Knights, the O’Neills and the O’Hanlons roamed, battled and died. You can read some of these stories about Fionn Mac Cumhaill, Cuchulainn and the Cailleach Beara in the Living History Section, but better still Experience Gullion at one of the many local pubs and storytelling houses or visit the Giant’s Lair at Slieve Gullion. The Ring of Gullion is alive with history, awash in scenic beauty and bursting with culture. You can Experience Gullion’s rich geology, biodiversity and archaeology very easily. Browse the Ring of Gullion site, and plan your trip; you can Experience Gullion with our self guided Audio Tours or you can choose a guide from our tour guides page to bring Gullion to life with their local knowledge. You can also use our Interactive Map to Experience Gullion before heading out. There are lots of ways to Experience Gullion and Get Involved through volunteering, events, training or simply taking a stroll along one of our many tranquil walkways. So get out there and experience all that the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer.

Reviewed By PatNor - Dublin, Ireland

We stayed for two nights recently at Ti Chulainn. We did the loop walk of Slieve Gullion. Wonderful walk with great views of the magical landscape. Great facilities at Slieve Gullion National Park where we stopped for coffee after the walk.

6. Good Craic Gifts and Souvenirs

13 Church Street | (Lime Green Door), Rostrevor BT34 3BA, Northern Ireland +44 7936 977029
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5 based on 29 reviews

Good Craic Gifts and Souvenirs

Good Craic Gifts stocks local arts, crafts and gifts. It is a wee gift shop celebrating the village of Rostrevor and the local area. Much of the stock is hand-crafted locally. There is a fun range of quirky gifts and souvenirs. There is also a growing range of greeting cards to suit almost any purpose. Local artists are most welcome to come in and discuss joining the fun. There is a small gallery space upstairs to host Exhibitions for painters, photographers or other artists.

Reviewed By KDW415 - Denton, Texas

Stopped in to buy postcards. There's a wonderful free brochure of the Narnia trail. Loved speaking to the shopkeeper. She told us the story of the giant that's buried in the cemetery. Thank you for the enjoyable visit!Cheers. Appreciate you taking time to write a review!

7. Warrenpoint Library

Library Warrenpoint Library 61 Summer Hill, Warrenpoint BT34 3JB, Northern Ireland +44 28 4175 3375
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Warrenpoint Library

Public Library.

Reviewed By BelfastFoodTravelMan - Belfast, United Kingdom

Popped in here to read up on the local history. Staff very friendly, large selection of books and resources. Close to the town centre.That’s great to hear – hope you continue to enjoy making use of all our services. Regards Evelyn Hanna Area Manager Libraries NI

8. Slieve Gullion Forest Park

89 Drumintee Road, Newry BT35 8SW, Northern Ireland
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Slieve Gullion Forest Park

Slieve Gullion Forest Park offers the unmissable opportunity to experience tranquil woodland trails, stunning views across the Ring of Gullion and surrounding landscape and top class facilities for walkers and families. Play in the Adventure Playpark; explore the Giant’s Lair in the wonderful Hawthorn Hill Forest Nature Reserve and woodland trails, or sit back in the cafe and watch nature.

Reviewed By GemsNI - Armagh UK

Absolutely love this park. Free parking and entry, with a playground, cafe and facilities available.
However, the fairy trail is fantastic! icing on the cake - the trail up the mountain exploring all the fairy houses and then the playgorund up at the top where the giants lair is. Wooden play ground and tree houses were amazing. My nieces loved it. Well Well Well worth the visit.

9. Ross Monument

Rostrevor, Northern Ireland
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Ross Monument

Reviewed By JJKR - Rostrevor, United Kingdom

Probably better known in USA where he is remembered as the man who burned down the White House during the Anglo American War. He damaged no civilian property and caused no civilian casualties so is not badly thought about
Tha Anglo American War was at the same time of the Napoleonic War so it was overshadowed in The UK. The War should never have really happened as terms were agreed but due to the length of time to send surface communications War broke out before the news of the treaty was received
It led to the writing of The Star Spangled Banner
Ross was killed in The Battle of Baltimore and was shipped back in a lead coffin in fortified wine and is buried in Nova Scotia in a Halifax graveyard
He was a decent human being, a great soldier and benefactor to Rostrevor especially
He is so little known, his monuments are worth a visit
Apologies if I have got some things wrong but I have written this review from memory
The monument is a spectacular granite obelisk with stunning views of the Mourne and Cooley Mountains

10. Newry Cathedral

38-40 Hill Street, Newry BT34 1AT, Northern Ireland +44 28 3026 2586
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Newry Cathedral

Reviewed By Newryoneisback - Newry, United Kingdom

We spotted an historical tour of this Cathedral on the city's Main Street so we thought we'd go to learn something and it didn't disappoint. It was really captivating. Really folks it is for you if you have no faith or if you are from any faith. It's also free. There were two tour guides. Desmond & Michael. They were so welcoming and sincere. The former seemed more knowledgable and easier to hear going around. They handled questions with detailed answers. It's clear they act out of love and enthusiasm here and these are qualities you can't buy. I don't want to spoil the tour but a 4th century pope Celestine I, a marquis, 5 pelicans, Jewish Germans who converted to Christianity, English glassmakers and Cork carpenters all play significant roles in the unfolding near 200 year history of this silent, living wonder. Our tour lasted over two hours and I suspect there's two more hours left to hear. Apparently they do other types of tour but I want to do this one again.

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