Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex
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Welcome to Bangor, North Down

Here in North Down, we love our fabulous coastline, stunning scenery, and captivating history.

There’s loads to see and do, and best of all it’s all packed into an area just 16 miles long, just a skip and a hop from the George Best Belfast City Airport and the centre of Belfast.

 

 


Bangor Tourist Information

North Down’s biggest draw is 16 miles of unspoilt coastline, which runs from Belfast’s eastern edge to Holywood, Cultra, Craigavad, Helen’s Bay, Crawfordsburn, Bangor, Groomsport, Ballymacormick and Orlock to Portavoe.

At the centre of it all is the historical seaside town of Bangor, renowned both at home and away for its restaurants, pubs and nightlife. There’s everything from silver service dining to the freshest of fish served with chips from spuds grown just down the road and washed down with pints of stout from a traditional pub.

If you’re going out walking, the coastal path runs all the way from Holywood in the west through Bangor to Groomsport in the east; or if you’re looking for a place to spend a day, then there’s the multiple award-winning Ulster Folk and Transport Museum that’ll bring you back to the good old days in all their glory.

The area is famous for the diversity of its recreational facilities, which include worldclass golf, sailing and water sports, great leisure centres and the latest indoor adventure
facilities for the kids. Add into the mix, a combination of first-rate facilities, attractions and a programme of highly popular events, we provide more fun and fascination now than at
any time in our 200-year history as a seaside destination.
From dancing to dining, golf to gardens, karting to karaoke and walking to windsurfing, there’s plenty for visitors of every age, taste and budget to enjoy, and being just half an hour by road or rail to Belfast - it’s so easy to get here! So what are you waiting for!

 

Information

Tourist Information Centre

Tower House, 34 Quay Street
Bangor, BT20 5ED
T: 028 9127 0069
E: tic@northdown.gov.uk
www.northdowntourism.com

Find out all you need to know from friendly and knowledgeable Tourist Information Advisors located in historic Tower House (1637). They will provide you with all the information you will need to make the most of your stay in North Down and Northern Ireland.

Services include:

  • All Ireland accommodation booking service
  • Bureau de change
  • Information on Northern Ireland attractions, activities, accommodation and events
  • Ticketing for local events & attractions Shop

Open all year:
Jan-Apr & Sept-Dec
Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9am-5pm,
Wed 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun Closed
May-Aug
Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9am-5pm
Wed 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm & Sun
1pm-5pm


Attractions and Activities

Pickie Fun Park, Bangor, BT20 5AG

Pickie Fun Park is one of Northern Ireland's most popular tourist attractions.  Activities include the Pickie Puffer Train, giant pedal swans, an 18-hole mini golf course; children's play area and children's electric car track.

T: +44 (0)28 9145 0746
W: www.pickiefunpark.com
Open: 9am - 9pm daily
 

Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex, BT20 4BN

Bangor Aurora, situated in the heart of Bangor featuring 3 swimming pools, extensive gym facilities and leisure waters with flumes, waves, inflatable fun and Northern Ireland’s only ‘Sidewinder’. Gym facilities can be used on a pay as you go basis.

T: +44 (0)28 9127 0271
W: www.bangoraurora.com

 

Museums

North Down Museum, Bangor, BT20 4BT

Discover displays reflecting the pivotal role Bangor Abbey held in early Christian Ireland and throughout Europe. Learn how monks met their fate at the hands of the Vikings. Nostalgic displays of Bangor’s early days as a resort, plus a mini cinema combined with temporary exhibitions make this a ‘must visit’.

T: +44 (0)28 9127 1200
W: www.northdownmuseum.com
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun 12noon - 4.30pm. Free.


Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, BT18 0EU

Step back in time and uncover a way of lifefrom 100 years ago. The tale of Titanic comes to life through the TITANICa Exhibition including original artefacts recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic. At the outdoor Folk Museum you can explore and be captivated by life in the 19th Century.

T: +44 (0)28 9042 8428
W: www.nmni.com/uftm


Grey Point Fort, Helen’s Bay, Crawfordsburn BT19 1LE

This unusual wartime artillery site and its commanding views over Belfast Lough were built to protect from enemy invasion. The site has a number of large guns, a military museum and radio collection with pieces from the world’s armies. Kids love it! Living History demonstration on Saturday 3rd August.

NB: Disabled access limited.
T: +44 (0)28 9185 3621

 

Parks and Gardens

Crawfordsburn Country Park, BT19 1JT

One of Northern Ireland’s most visited attractions where you can relish its 3.5km of beaches and riverside rambles making it an excellent place to spend the day. One trail takes walkers through a wooded glen to the waterfall near The Old Inn in Crawfordsburn village via a towering railway viaduct.


Castle Park / Bangor Castle Walled Garden & Ward Park, Bangor, BT20 4BN

Stroll along the tree-lined avenues to explore the formal gardens of the Town Hall and onto the Bangor Castle Walled Garden, opposite Bangor Aurora. Whilst here enjoy a rest at the coffee dock. Five minutes stroll takes you to Ward Park. Here kids can feed the waterfowl, see exotic birds and enjoy the play park and golf putting.

 

Beaches

With 16 miles of coastline a seaside walk is a must for all visitors! The North Down Coastal path includes walks from Groomsport to Bangor through Crawfordsburn and as far as Holywood. There are several beaches with the two most popular at Ballyholme and Crawfordsburn.

 

Historic Sites

Bangor Abbey, Bangor, BT20 3TW

One of the highlights of Bangor’s Christian Heritage - the oldest remains of the Abbey, associated with St Columbanus and St Comgall, are at St Malachy’s Wall. The churchyard has many fascinating gravestones including a memorial to the Titanic’s assistant surgeon.

T: +44 (0)28 9127 0069
W: www.northdowntourism.com

 

Things to Do

2013 is a special year for Bangor as it marks the 400th Anniversary of Bangor’s town charter. There will be an exciting programme of events throughout the summer.
 

Date and Time
  
Event
  
Location
29th July - 1st September Exhibition: Wood 400 Years of
Form and Function
 North Down Museum,
Bangor
     
Weekends in July and August,
2pm – 4pm
 Free Family Entertainment Cockle Row Cottages,
Groomsport
     
Throughout August Open House Festival Bangor 400 Various venues, see
openhousefestival.com
     

 

Groomsport

This seaside village just 10 minutes from Bangor is home to Cockle Row Cottages and a beautifully quaint village. Cottages open daily 11am – 5pm, free entertainment weekends 2pm – 4pm.

 

Holywood Town

Just 20 minutes from Bangor and 8 minutes from Belfast, Holywood is a town with a rich and diverse heritage. The town is also popular for its specialty shops, restaurants and bars, giftware, fashion boutiques, delicatessens, and galleries.

 

Getting there

Attraction
 
Public Transport

(Approx distances from Bangor Bus &
Rail Station unless stated)

 
Car Parking
Pickie Fun Park, BT20 5AG 10-15 mins walk 5 mins walk
     
Bangor Aurora, BT20 4BN 5-10 mins walk Free, on site
     
North Down Museum, BT20 4BT 5-10 mins walk Free, on site
     
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum,
BT18 0EU
 
5 mins walk from Cultra
train stop
 Free, on site
     
Bangor Abbey, BT20 3TW 5 mins walk On site, charge may apply
     
Grey Point Fort, BT19 1LE 
5-10 mins walk from Helen’s
Bay train stop
 Free, on site
     
Crawfordsburn Country Park,
BT19 1JT
 
5-10 mins walk from
Crawfordsburn train stop
 Free, on site
     
Castle Park / Walled Garden /
Ward Park, BT20 4BN
 5-10 mins walk Free, on site
     
Groomsport 
No 3 bus from Bangor station,
10 mins
 Free, on site
     
Holywood Town Centre 
2 mins walk from Holywood
train stop
 On site, charge may apply

 

For further info on Bangor & North Down contact:

Bangor Tourist Information Centre Tower House, 34 Quay Street, Bangor, BT20 5ED.
T: +44 (0)28 9127 0069 E: tic@northdown.gov.uk W: www.northdowntourism.com