The touristic and coastal town of Holywood in located between Belfast and Bangor, in Northern Ireland, 10 km from Belfast and 175 km from Dublin. Their origins date back VII century and the most distinctive feature are the ruins of the medieval monastery the Old Priory, which was the first monastery founded by St. Laiseran. According to legend in the year 1700, a Dutch ship ran aground on the coast and raised its broken mast with a red flag in gratitude to the people. In the town, an ancient Maypole was found, and it is the only original one that stayed in Ireland. Holywood is the centre of the annual 1st May festival, where children perform the traditional dances around the maypoles. Holywood is a very popular tourist centre for its fashion boutiques, delicatessen, coffee shops and art galleries.
Rockport school was founded in 1906 by Geoffrey Bing. The principal section occupies a beautiful building where there are large communal rooms and bedrooms. The classrooms are located in different buildings within the complex, some with fantastic views of the sea. The complex boasts a modern arts centre, inaugurated in 2006 for the centenary of the school, it has a huge sports centre to practice different activities, tennis courts, cricket pitch and spacious gardens. The school is situated on the outskirts of the city between Craigavad and Holywood, just 25 minutes walk from the town.
In Rockport College the students will have full board: breakfast, lunch and dinner. The students stay in rooms with between 2 to 8 beds with shared bathrooms.
Activities and half day excursions
Home of the famous golfer, Rory McIlroy, Holywood is a very charming little coastal town. Not to be mistaken for the area in California, it is just as unique in its beauty and its engrained history. It has a lot of specialist shops and is award winning for its food and drink.
Bangor is a large seaside resort town on the coast of County Down. It is seen as a highly desirable place to live as it has stunning views over the sea and the green landscapes. It also holds one Ireland’s biggest marinas which gives has proved to be a big attraction among tourists and families who are seeking adventure.
Carrick Fergus is a rather large town in County Antrim, on the north shore of Belfast Lough. As a gateway to the Causeway Coast and Glens, it is an immensely scenic place with a unique blend of modern life and history. Home of the famous Carrick Fergus castle, it is a great place to see history and picturesque architecture.
The Giant’s Causeway is a stunning world heritage site off the coast of County Antrim. It is also possibly one of the most famous and popular attractions in Ireland. These unusual rock surfaces were caused by volcanic activity in the area almost 50 to 60 million years ago and still remains today for all to see its beauty.