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Ards Forest Park

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Address: Sheephaven Bay, on the N56 | 5km north of Creeslough, Ireland
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+353 74 912 1139

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A great day out

The park is a lovely day out for all ages. Beautiful walking paths, a nice playground for the kids and a spectacular beach.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The park is a lovely day out for all ages. Beautiful walking paths, a nice playground for the kids and a spectacular beach.

Thank Amy9567
Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We have visited Ards Forest Park on many occasions and it has always struck us how few people ever go there. No wonder they have increased the parking to €5! It is a beautiful place in any weather and believe me we've been in all sorts. Beautiful forest walks and long sandy beaches.

2 Thank olibot
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely park. You only need to pay if you have kids or unable to walk far otherwise u can just park on roadside and enter for free. Lacking a bit in Park benches and bins

2 Thank Andrew P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

On a recent visit to the shandon hotel we went to ards forest park! A lovely setting with a forest walk, lovely beach and an historic friary.

1 Thank Jamespatric
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Went back to this park for the first time in about 6 or 7 years. Was great to see there is still a lot of investment going into the park which was evident in the clean toilets and park. Made sure to have 5 euro coins on us to get in and went on the Nature trail which was a... More 

1 Thank Deirdre T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We parked up at Ards Friary (which is free) and walked towards the headland on the left of the monastery. What a beautiful place, golden sand beaches, clear water. We chose shells from the beach for the Mary to give, and the children clambered over the rocks at the end of the point. We walked back and had coffee and... More 

1 Thank NicholsonDenis
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We visited this Forest Park beside the Atlantic in August. It has a good choice of walks for various levels of fitness. There are picnic tables and a good outside playground for kids. You need to have the exact coinage to get through the electronic barrier (no notes or cards accepted). If you go onto the beach, keep an eye... More 

2 Thank Quasr1960
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

We were very fortunate to have a gloriously sunny day for our visit and we had a fabulous day at the Forest Park. Thankfully, unlike the woman in front of my car, we'd read Barry T's review about having €5 in coins as it's an unmanned coin operated ticket machine entrance. We headed for the main beach as our base... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Definitely if you're in the area,go to ards monastery, they place is spiritual,peaceful and tranquil,the coffee shop is perfect for a pit stop,the beaches ares ecluded and clean,a quiet gem of a place

Thank Cdr10gaa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

Nice clean area but a lack of bins. Easy to find but make sure you have €5 in coins as the machine at the entrance won't accept notes or card.

3 Thank Barry T

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