BANGOR BY THE SEA
Bangor is a beautiful seaside town in County Down, just a quick twenty-odd minute drive from Belfast. With striking Victorian architecture lining a sweeping costal path, an ancient Abbey dating back to medieval times, parks, five golf courses, walled gardens and nearby beaches, the town is one of Northern Ireland’s loveliest places to live and visit.
Bangor is a place of impressive historic significance dating back as far as 500AD, and of huge cultural importance. In its heyday, from Victorian times through to the 1970s, it was known as The Brighton of Ireland – a holiday destination brimming with dancehalls, showbands and ice cream parlours. In recent years, the town has become synonymous with producing a host of creative talent. The likes of Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, Two Door Cinema Club, singer songwriter Foy Vance, writer Ian Sansom, author and screenwriter Colin Bateman, and internationally renowned artist, Terry Bradley all hail from or live in Bangor. And then, of course, there’s Open House Festival – the charity pioneering the movement to re-establish Bangor as a vibrant, booming, creative town.