The third largest town in Northern Ireland, renowned for its Victorian terraced architecture, Bangor is just 20 minutes by rail or road from Belfast, with George Best City Airport on our doorstep, and regular ferry services from England and Scotland.
Bangor has a rich creative and cultural life, and is the home of Snow Patrol, Two Door Cinema Club, Foy Vance, author Colin Bateman, Ireland’s only surrealist painter Colin Middleton, as well as the birthplace of Ulster Punk, and now the adopted home of electronic artist Hannah Peel.
From vinyl record shops to artists pods in converted shipping containers, Bangor is fast becoming the ‘Brighton of Northern Ireland’.
For lots more details about visiting Bangor please see below.
Bangor, Co. Down is a beautiful seaside town just 20 minutes from Belfast by road or train. This year we have 163 events throughout August, ranging from large outdoor gigs like The Specials, to gourmet meals in pop-up restuarants. To make it easier for visitors to the town we’ve created ticket & accommodation packages aimed at providing you with the best experience of Bangor and Open House Festival, with up to 30% discount.
Whether you want a boutique hotel or guest house with a sea view, the facilities of a large hotel, or a quiet retreat in a private holiday home or Air B’n’B, you’ll find great choices in Bangor – and lower prices than Belfast. Check out our visitor packages for an all-in price on accommodation and Festival tickets during the August bank holiday weekend.
Things To Do
Bangor boasts the largest marina in Ireland, a stunning coastline to explore, and sandy beaches where year-round sea swimming is experiencing a major revival. We have two yacht clubs, five golf courses, and beautiful parks and woodland walks. The 2,000 acre Clandeboye Estate (home to the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava), Crawfordsburn Country Park, Bangor Castle and Museum, and the WW2 Grey Point Fort all lie within the town’s greater area.
Eating & Drinking
Bangor town centre is home to dozens of authentic pubs, restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy regular free music sessions and programmed Festival events, while mixing with the locals. Our micro-climate has created an area of outstanding farming and artisan food production, from cheeses and cured meats to beers and gins, available in many local hostelries. And if you have a ticket to a Festival event, look out for discounts and deals at more than 100 local businesses sporting a Festival Friends window sticker.
Getting To Bangor
Bangor is easily accessible and only a 20 minute journey from Belfast by rail or road. See full travel info via the link below.
Venues & Accessibility
We create ‘handpicked music and arts in special places’ pairing bespoke events with nearly 40 venues and locations, ranging from the historic and atmospheric, to the downright surprising. From open air concerts on Bangor seafront, and classic films in the Victorian Walled Garden at Bangor Castle, to beer tastings in the former Auction Rooms, and Folk on a Boat tours aboard the Ocean Crest in Bangor Bay, we make sure that the town is the star of the show.