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Ards and North Down - Bangor, Donaghadee, Holywood and Newtownards

Tourist Information Centres

Bangor VIC
Tower House
34 Quay St
BT20 5ED
T: 028 9127 0069

Ards VIC
31 Regent Street
BT23 4AD
T: 028 9182 6846

Press Contact

Heather Beckett
Tower House
34 Quay St
BT20 5ED
T: 028 9127 8085


The Ards and North Down Borough is a diverse and winning mix of picturesque coastline, beautiful countryside, bustling towns and quaint villages, with a superb choice of places to stay along with outstanding local and international cuisine. One of Ards and North Down’s largest town, Bangor, is situated only 12 miles from Belfast and just 30 minutes by train or bus.

What's on Offer


The Borough is very proud of the North Down Coastal Path that stretches 16 miles along some of Ireland's finest shoreline and features many beautiful beaches, including Crawfordsburn.

Places to Visit

Attractions include:
Bangor – Bangor Castle Walled Garden, Bangor Abbey, Pickie Funpark
Crawfordsburn village – Crawfordsburn Country Park
Comber - WWT Castle Espie
Donaghadee - Seaside, shopping & eateries
Helen’s Bay village - Grey Point Fort
Holywood – The Priory and the Maypole
Groomsport village – Cockle Row Cottages
Newtownards - Mount Stewart, Scrabo Tower
Portaferry - Visitor Centre, Arts and Crafts at the Port


Variety is the key to Ards and North Down's high quality events and entertainment to suit all ages. Forest parks, beaches, boating, fishing and walking are all widely available.


The Borough provides an eclectic range of retail outlets, unique boutique and speciality shops. Main Shopping towns: Bangor, Donaghadee, Holywood & Newtownards.

Eating Out

You will be spoiled for choice in the many award winning eateries, guaranteed to give you a warm welcome and excellent service in our many pubs and restaurants.

Recreation & Sport

Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex is Ards and North Down's flagship aquatic and leisure complex situated in the heart of Bangor. With 3 swimming pools, leisure waters & extensive gym facilities the Aurora offers a great day out. North Down has 11 golf courses, 6 sailing and yacht clubs, sea, fly and trout fishing, diving, birdwatching, boat trips & water sports.

Holiday & Activity Centres

For further information please contact Bangor Visitor Information Centre on 028 9127 0069, bangorvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk or see www.visitardsandnorthdown.com

Conference & Business Facilities

SIGNAL Centre, 028 9147 3788.
Hotel Conference Facilities, contact Bangor VIC 028 9127 0069, bangorvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk


Contact Bangor VIC on 028 9127 0069, bangorvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk or see www.visitardsandnorthdown.com

Getting There


From Belfast, follow signs for the A2 to Bangor, approx. 12 miles. Surrounding towns and villages clearly signposted.


Frequent services run from Belfast to Bangor and Holywood. See www.translink.co.uk.


By Ferry - All major companies sail into the Port of Larne and Belfast. Larne is 35 miles away. Belfast is 12 miles away.
By private boat – Bangor Marina, Northern Ireland’s largest Marina, has 550 berths with 50 visitor berths. It is conveniently located in Bangor town centre.


George Best Belfast City Airport, 028 9093 9093, 20 mins to Bangor.
Belfast Int. Airport 028 9448 4848, 50 mins to Bangor.