Bangor

Travel Guide

The Victorian seaside town of Bangor could be called Belfast-by-the-sea: it’s just 13 miles from the centre of the city, to the south of the Belfast Lough, and very well-connected by commuter roads. It makes an ideal base to explore the capital from, while also enjoying the scenic sea views that Bangor itself can add into the mix.

The name Bangor comes from an Irish word (Beannchar) that means a horned or peaked curve: when you cast your eyes out along the coast of this pretty seaside town you will notice that the bay does indeed resemble the horns of a bull.

Along Bangor Baythere has been much sympathetic redevelopment, including the opening of a huge marina and seafront improvements that have led to Bangor being widely regarded as the most desirable place to live in Northern Ireland.

Family fun in BangorFor families there is, of course, the beach to relax on, the marina to take boat trips from and Pickie Family Fun Park to let off steam in whilst enjoying the amusements, rides and steam train.

To the east of Bangor, Ballyholme Bay has a long sandy beach flanked by wide green spaces that are perfect for children to play in.

Historic BangorThe town bears all the hallmarks of a Victorian seaside resort but it also displays evidence of a longer history for those curious to explore.

The museum in the grounds of the old castle in Castle Park holds the oldest surviving Irish manuscript amongst other historical curiosities.

The fishing village of Groomsport, which nestles on the eastern edge of town, has a picturesque harbour that is overlooked by a row of cottages, one of which has been restored to resemble how a typical fisherman would have lived in times gone by.

Sporting BangorBangor has a high reputation for sailing and regularly hosts world events as we4ll as being home to prestigious clubs such as the Royal Ulster Yacht Club and Ballyholme Yacht Club.

Keep your eyes peeled for local practitioners of parkour (that’s urban acrobatics to you and me) as the sport has taken hold in Bangor and you can often see locals hurling themselves over walls and somersaulting down steps.

Around BangorA 30-minute drive on the A2 past Belfast will take you to the historic village of Hillsboroughwhere charming tearooms and antique shops greet you. Behind the old fort you will find a deciduous forest curving around a lake stocked with brown and rainbow trout that offers pleasant hour-long strolls around its circuit.

Strangford Loughis a short drive away on the A21 and offers a nature lover’s delight. This beautiful, calm inlet is fringed in colourful brown and yellow tangle weed, and plays host to a wide diversity of bird life during the warmer months and vast flocks of geese during the winter. Rocking gently in its waters are boats and yachts, and the whole scene can be taken in on foot or by carefully appointed viewing points for cars.

Where to stay in Bangor

Shelleven House
Shelleven House
4 out of 5
61 Princetown Road, Bangor, Northern Ireland, BT20 3TA
The price is £104 per night from 3 Jun to 4 Jun
Stay at this 4-star guesthouse in Bangor. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bathrooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (92 reviews)
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Reviewed on 14 Mar 2022

Shelleven House
The Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro
The Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro
3.5 out of 5
10-12 SEACLIFF ROAD, Bangor, Northern Ireland, BT20 5EY
The price is £110 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Bangor. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (201 reviews)
"We loved the friendly and efficient staff. Excellent location. Breakfast was super. The room had a great view over the harbour. Room furniture was somewhat dated but so what- it matches the ambience perfectly. Will definitely return"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2022

The Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro
Clandeboye Lodge Hotel
Clandeboye Lodge Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Estate Road, Bangor, Northern Ireland, BT19 1UR
The price is £161 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 4-star golf hotel in Bangor. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (231 reviews)
"I liked everything about the lodge."

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2022

Clandeboye Lodge Hotel
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Seacliff Waters Edge
Seacliff Waters Edge
3.5 out of 5
124 Seacliff Road, Bangor, Northern Ireland, BT20 5EZ
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Bangor. Enjoy free WiFi, a garden and private gardens. Popular attractions Bangor Marina and Bangor Golf Course are located ...
Seacliff Waters Edge
Top Of The Town House
Top Of The Town House
3.5 out of 5
3 Bingham Street, Bangor, Northern Ireland, BT20 5DW
Stay at this 3.5-star holiday home in Bangor. Enjoy free WiFi, an in-room DVD player and Netflix. Popular attractions Bangor Marina and Castle Park are located ...
Top Of The Town House
Glenbrook Lodge - a luxurious detached self contained apartment
Glenbrook Lodge - a luxurious detached self contained apartment
Bangor, NIR
Stay at this family-friendly cottage in Bangor. Enjoy on-site parking, a garden and a TV. Our guests praise the bathrooms and the family amenities in their reviews. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Lovely property
"This is a lovely house which is very tastefully decorated. It it stocked extremely well with a modern fit throughout. It is in a secluded spot safely off the main road but connects very easily with main routes to Holywood, Belfast etc."

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2019

Glenbrook Lodge - a luxurious detached self contained apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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