Bangor (Northern Ireland)

Houses overlooking Bangor Marina

Bangor is the third largest town in Northern Ireland, after Belfast and Derry. It is situated on the southern shores of Belfast Lough and has a population of about 76,000.

Understand

Bangor is widely considered the wealthiest town in Northern Ireland. The town was not as badly affected by the "troubles" as most of Northern Ireland, but it was subject to some bombs. The threat has now gone. The town was the tourism capital of Northern Ireland in the 1960s but lost this reputation. Now, though, many areas are being redeveloped and the town was awarded winner of the Best Kept Town Competition in 2003. The town was voted the most desirable place to live in August 2007.

Climate

If you are looking for good weather in Ireland, you are most likely to find it here in Bangor. It enjoys one of the sunniest, driest climates in Ireland with some of the highest temperatures. This is due to its shelter from the prevailing south west winds, but it is also sheltered from cold northerlies and easterlies in winter. Winter maximums are about 7°C (45°F) but can reach as high as 17°C (63°F). Average maximums in summer are 21 °C (70 °F) with a record of 33°C (91°F). The lowest recorded temperature is -5°C (25°F). Temperatures above 27°C are usually uncomfortable due to the high humidity, and real feels would be in the mid 30s. Sea temperatures peak at 18*C (64*F) in late September, and are coolest in March, at 8-9*C (48*F)

In winter, a jumper and waterproofs are sufficient - temperatures below 40°F are rare. In summer, shorts for walking are good, and also remember the sunblock!

Get in

By plane

George Best Belfast City Airport is just 15 minutes away, and Belfast International Airport is about 40 minutes from Bangor. Trains on the Portadown / Belfast / Bangor line call at Sydenham (adjacent to Belfast City Airport) every thirty minutes; a single to Bangor costs £3.60.

By train

The town has excellent rail links to Belfast, with services departing from the combined bus and train station every thirty minutes to Belfast, Newry and Portadown.

Get around

The centre of town can be explored by foot, however there is an excellent bus service operated by Translink to all parts of the town. Taxis can also be found waiting beside the train station, at the top of Main Street.

See

Do

The famous swans at Pickie

Buy

There are 3 shopping centres in the town - the recently refurbished Flagship Centre, which is in the town centre on Main Street; the Bloomfield Centre in Bangor South, which has also recently been refurbished; and the recently rebuilt Springhill Shopping Centre in Bangor West.

There are also many other shops in the town centre, including souvenir shops.

Eat

There are a wide range of places to eat, ranging from small local chip shops along the seafront to pubs, curry houses and restaurants.

Pub grub

Restaurants

Drink

There is no lack of a place to drink. Bangor has more than a dozen pubs and three night clubs in the town centre, most of which are clustered around the bottom of High Street.

Pubs

Nightclubs

Sleep

Bangor is famous for its B&Bs along the coast. These offer good value accommodation, with many of the rooms having sea views. There are also larger hotels such as:

Stay safe

Crime in Bangor is low, but antisocial behaviour can be a problem on weekend evenings in some areas such as outside the nightclubs. Take sensible precautions and enjoy the hospitality of the locals.

Go next

Belfast is located just 15–20 minutes away. It is easy to get here by train. Down the Ards Peninsula, the beautiful gardens and house of Mount Stewart can be found, which are well worth a visit.

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