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Clandeblog The best picnic spots in Northern Ireland

Looking for the best place to enjoy a picnic in Northern Ireland? The North Down area provides a feast of picnic spots. Here are our top picnic locations...

1. Gardens - Bangor Castle Walled Garden & Ward Park

Walled garden with fountain, a picnic spot in Northern Ireland

The Walled Garden in Bangor's Castle Park is a hidden gem. Bursting with colourful blooms and alive with the sounds of buzzing bees and singing birds, this garden provides a peaceful setting for your picnic. The walls provide a sense of privacy and peace, making it easy to forget the bustle of the outside world.

Ward Park in Bangor is another picnic location for those with children as there's a playground. And if rain clouds threaten to dampen your picnic, take shelter under the bandstand! Don't miss out on the Open house Festival Picnic in the Park free event which takes place in the summer.

2. Beaches - Helen's Bay Beach, Seapark & Crawfordsburn

Beach and forest view, a picnic spot in Northern Ireland

For the best picnic spot on the beach, visit the North Down coast. The North Down coastal path has some of the best beaches in Northern Ireland. These beaches include Crawfordsburn, Helen's Bay, Ballyholme, Seapark, and Groomsport beach.

Many of these beaches also have picnic benches and BBQ grills. After your picnic, take a leisurely stroll along the coast to soak up the beautiful views and refreshing sea air.

3. Country parks - Crawfordsburn Country Park, Cairn Wood & Clandeboye Way

A couple on a romantic walk in the woods, a picnic spot in Northern Ireland

Explore some of Northern Ireland's best picnic spots in forest parks and woodlands. A great option for those looking to also explore the walking trails.

Visit Crawfordsburn Country Park, Clandeboye Forest, Cairn Wood, or Killynether Wood for the perfect picnic spot in nature. Grab your picnic blanket and sit under the trees to enjoy the fresh air and stunning natural beauty that surrounds you!

4. Scenic views - Scrabo Tower & Redburn Country Park

Historic tower with sunset views, a picnic spot in Northern Ireland
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Looking for a scenic picnic spot in Northern Ireland? Climb up Scrabo Hill and be amazed by the panoramic views of Strangford Lough and North Down on a sunny day. Bring your blanket or use the picnic area below the summit for a more comfortable picnic experience.

Another stunning location for a scenic picnic is Redburn Country Park in Holywood. Hike up to the top and you'll see spectacular views of Belfast Lough as a reward!

5. Bangor city centre - Bangor Pier & Pickie Fun Park

Aerial view of a marina, a picnic spot in Northern Ireland
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Bangor Pier is a lovely spot to relax and enjoy the sea views if you're looking for a picnic spot in Bangor city centre. For a family-friendly picnic spot with a playground, Pickie Fun Park is the perfect option. Picnic tables and benches provide a place to enjoy your picnic while the kids stay entertained with the playground and small rides.

The Perfect Picnic at Clandeboye Lodge

A picnic spread on a blanket in a picnic spot in Northern Ireland

Our gourmet picnic package includes everything you need for a perfect picnic! It includes an overnight stay, dinner at the Coq & Bull brasserie and breakfast for two, plus a delicious picnic filled with goodies from Bangor's Guillemot Deli. The perfect accompaniment to a day out exploring the local area - just be sure to bring your appetite!

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