Holywood is just a few minutes drive from George Best Belfast City Airport, and taxis are readily available (if not exactly cheap).
Buses to Holywood run regularly from Belfast, and there is a regular (every 10 minutes or so) train service.
Holywood consists of two main streets: High Street running generally west/east, and Church Road running generally north/south.
There are a wide variety of shops such as some upmarket clothes shops near the old library, charity shops, sports and activity wear shops and newsagents.
There are a number of good cafes and restaurants including the Bay Tree selling delicious cinnamon scones, the new, modern Loganberry Deli close to the maypole has great soups and sandwhiches. Coffee Yard cafe boosts art but is expensive, the Dirty Duck pub near the sea front, Wine and Co bar near the maypole and the Iona restaurant above a health food shop. Also worth a visit is Cafe Kina for breakfast and a great cup of coffee. Enigma is a modern upmarket restaurant located just off the High Street which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Panini is a perennial favourite with locals, serving a wide range of scones, traybakes, breakfasts, coffee and tea.
Ned's bar is located next to the Maypole in the town centre and is very nice for a pint before heading out for dinner: it keeps English licensing hours so will close between 11 and 12 (unless you manage to get locked in).
The Dirty Duck is down by the seafront and is always a popular choice for people looking for live music or a pub quiz. The atmosphere is lively at night and there is a very pleasant beer garden for when the weather allows it.