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North Down Museum

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Address: Town Hall The Castle | The Castle, Bangor BT20 4BT, Northern Ireland (Formerly North Down Heritage Centre)
Phone Number:
+44 28 9127 1200
12:00 - 16:30
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Sun 12:00 - 16:30
Tue - Sat 10:30 - 16:30

North Down Museum tells the story of the North Down area from the Bronze...

North Down Museum tells the story of the North Down area from the Bronze Age to the present day through a series of rooms, each dedicated to a particular era of history. Key artifacts on display include the Bronze Age Ballycroghan Swords, the Bangor Bell from the hugely important Bangor Abbey settlement, and the Raven Maps, the only complete folio of Plantation era maps in Ireland.

North Down Museum is situated at the rear of the Town Hall, Bangor Castle, on Castle Park Avenue.

The Castle, built for the Hon. R.E. Ward in 1852, had a courtyard and stables and the Museum has developed around these.

North Down Museum is a FREE attraction in the heart of Bangor.

Here you can also rest and enjoy a meal or snack in Coffee Cure, the Museum café.

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Nice museum in lovely setting

Interesting local history including old film of local area. Great for an hour or two and there is a good cafe attached with indoor and outdoor seating.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bangor, United Kingdom
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Interesting local history including old film of local area. Great for an hour or two and there is a good cafe attached with indoor and outdoor seating.

Thank TaraG25
Bangor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great histrory of Bangor and North Down - loads of interesting exhibits and interactive activities. The kids will love dressing up as Vikings with the authentic (heavy!) shields, helmets and chain mail! Lots to see and do here and a lovely coffee shop with outdoor seating in the courtyard on warmer days. Look out for the special evenets that run... More 

Thank Anthony L
Bangor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Set in a leafy parkland, the museum is well presented and thought out with exhibits evoking the ancient times of the monks of the monastery of Bangor, Light of the World. It does some justice to the past lives of the saints -Gall, Columbanus et al with displays to read and an interesting model of the former monastery before it... More 

Thank emma c
Bangor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is a well thought out and handy museum if you live in or are visiting North Down. There are lots of interesting features taking you back to the early history of Bangor through to the in house mini cinema that gets you right up to the 50s/60s/70s. In spring, summer and autumn kids love to watch the activity in... More 

Thank Nigel M
Bangor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Had a lovely lunch, was told it was quite pricey, but I didn't think so. Food was nice, my open prawn sandwich would have been taster if it had of been freshly made. It had been sitting and the bread was hard, my partners soup and sandwich was very tasty

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Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Visited the heritage centre today with my girlfriend and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Being from Bangor myself it was great to learn of the history of such a great town. Id also like to add that it was free. Great staff, very friendly and helpful and we also had an absolutely delightful lunch in the cafe at a reasonable... More 

Thank Chris S
Bangor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

This centre is in a very picturesque setting in Castle Park and adjacent to Bangor Town Hall. There is a lovely cafe, Coffee Cure, included in the complex.

Thank thewanderinggypsy
Paso Robles, California
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325 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

What a wonderful surprise this was. We came here on the recommendation of our B&B Owner (Hargreaves House) and were not disappointed. It is free and well worth it. The museum tells the fascinating history of Bangor and the region, from the ancient peoples to the Norman conquests to Bangor's resort history and up to current times. It contained some... More 

Thank pasowine
Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Came with my brother - first time here and enjoyed the experience. Probably didn't leave ourselves enough time to make the most of our experience. Learnt a lot about the history of Bangor and the local area which I wasn't aware of before. Great use of the old stables area of Bangor Castle.

Thank Colin M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Housed in the former Bangor Castle Stables this well visited Museum traces Bangor's history from early Christian monks to its development as a seaside town. See examples of archaeological finds such as the Ballycrochan Swords (500 BC) and the Bangor Bell (9th Century). A monastic site from the Bangor area is represented by a reconstructed Monk's Cell; young and old... More 

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