Mini guide to Bangor
Located on the east coast of Northern Ireland not far from the city of Belfast,
Bangor is one of the country's foremost tourist destinations, offering an array
of family attractions and activities. Bangor has excellent sporting facilities
and is easy to get to with an airport and ferry terminal situated nearby.
Bangor's biggest visitor attraction in the summer months is Ballyholme Beach,
which runs all the way from Seacliff road to Ballymacormick Point and is ideal
for bathing, walking and any number of water sports; while the Pickie Fun Park
with its multitude of family facilities including swan boats, go carts and amusement
arcades, provides an alternative to the beach.
Perhaps Bangor's most striking feature is the Bangor Marina, where numerous
colourful vessels can be seen coming and going, while the 6th century Bangor
Abbey in the town centre is a must-see attraction for its memorial stone to
the ship's surgeon who died in the tragic sinking of the Titanic. The nearby
Heritage Centre is also worth a look and showcases Bangor's history, while Ward
Park is great for the kids.
Bangor has a few excellent shopping centres, including Bloomfields and Springhill
on the outskirts of town, while the Flagship Shopping Centre provides more central
shopping in the town centre. You will also find a large number of independent
local stores as well as dozens of cafés, restaurants and pubs, five nightclubs
and a seven-screen cinema.
Try walking along the lovely coastal path that runs from Bangor to Crawfordsburn
and Helens Bay; Crawfordsburn Country Park is well worth spending some additional
time at. Belfast itself has a picturesque waterfront and some grand Victorian
architecture and outstanding museums.
The A2 leads directly to Bangor from Belfast City Airport and trains depart
from here to Bangor Down West and Bangor Down stations. Translink buses run
from Belfast International Airport to Bangor via Belfast, while Ulsterbus and
Irish Rail have regular services from Dublin to Belfast, from where buses and
trains depart for Bangor. Sea ferries run from the Isle of Man, Liverpool and
Troon in Scotland to Belfast and the nearest air terminal is at Belfast City
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