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Clandeblog Top 10 things to do near Bangor, Northern Ireland

We've put together the top 10 things to do near Bangor so you can make the most out of your visit!

1. Water Activities on the North Down Coastal Path

People practicing yoga on the beach, things to do in Bangor Northern Ireland
Beach yoga on Helen's Bay beach, Anna Neill

The beautiful North Down coast and Bangor Marina are located just a stone's throw away from Clandeboye Lodge. With a plenty of water activities available, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Take a dip in the invigorating waters of Helen's Bay or Brompton Beach for a refreshing wild swimming experience, or try stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) and beach yoga. You can also take part in popular water sports like sailing and kayaking, which are readily available in the local area.

2. Helen's Tower Historic Walking Trail

Aerial view of a historic tower, things to do in Bangor Northern Ireland
Helen's Tower, James Huish Photography

Experience the hidden gem of Helen's Tower on the Clandeboye Estate by embarking on the Clandeboye Way walking route. This ancient tower, constructed in 1848 by Frederick Lord Dufferin in tribute to his mother, Helen Selina Blackwood, is nestled deep within the estate's woodlands.

Take a stroll along the historic walking trail and immerse yourself in the tower's fascinating past, while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding countryside.

3. Play Golf or Practice Your Swing

Two golfers on the golf course, things to do in Bangor Northern Ireland
Golfing at Blackwood Golf Centre

Whether you're a seasoned golfer or a beginner, Blackwood Golf Centre caters to all skill levels with its extensive facilities, including a driving range, putting green, an 18-hole Par 3 course, and an 18-hole Championship course.

For the more experienced player, Clandeboye Golf Club, located just a 10-minute drive from the hotel, offers two international standard golf courses and was home to the EuroPro Tour 2021. Other golf clubs near Bangor include Royal Belfast, Carnalea, Helen's Bay, Bangor, Donaghadee and Scrabo Golf Club.

4. Day Out at Mount Stewart

A stately home with ivy-covered walls surrounded by manicured gardens, things to do in Bangor Northern Ireland
Mount Stewart, courtesy of Tourism Ireland

If you're looking for things to do near Bangor, consider visiting Mount Stewart. This National Trust property features beautifully landscaped gardens and a neo-classical house.

Take a walk around the picturesque lake, and don't forget to explore the mature woodland, where you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some red squirrels!

5. Cycle the Comber Greenway

Two cyclists on a cycle path, things to do in Bangor Northern Ireland
Cycling the Comber Greenway

Bangor and the North Down area boasts stunning scenery and perfect terrain for cycling enthusiasts. Novice cyclists can enjoy short, leisurely bike rides by the coast, while experienced riders may want to tackle the longer, more scenic cycle routes near Strangford Lough.

6. Picnic at Crawfordsburn Country Park

Crawfordsburn Country Park

If you're looking for things to do near Bangor, a visit to Crawfordsburn Country Park is a must. Take a stroll along one of the park's many walking trails and marvel at the stunning waterfall. The country park also offers a long stretch of beach that is perfect for relaxing, swimming, or a picnic during summer.

7. Explore the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

A couple holding hands walking towards an old building, things to do in Bangor Northern Ireland
Ulster Folk Museum, courtesy of National Museums Northern Ireland

Take a trip back in time at the Ulster Folk Museum and immerse yourself in the captivating way of life of Northern Ireland from over a century ago.

The Ulster Folk Museum provides a delightful insight into the past, allowing you to explore the countryside and witness daily demonstrations of traditional crafts such as basket weaving and printing. Additionally, the Transport Museum displays a fascinating collection of past and present transport methods.

8. Discover Bangor's Walled Gardens

A beautiful walled garden with water feature, things to do in Bangor Northern Ireland
Bangor Castle walled garden

Discover the beauty of Bangor's Walled Garden as you take a leisurely stroll through the Castle Park. This award-winning garden is divided into four distinct sections, each with its own unique horticultural flair.

Immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings, which include two exceptional sculptures inspired by the Borough's rich maritime history. Whether you're a garden enthusiast or simply seeking a peaceful escape, these walled gardens are not to be missed!

9. Take in the Views From Scrabo Tower

A historic tower with scenic views, things to do in Bangor Northern Ireland
Scrabo Tower, Earth & Sky Media

The walking trail to the iconic Scrabo Tower offers a rewarding experience, with stunning panoramic vistas of North Down and Strangford Lough awaiting you at the summit. One to add to your list of things to do near Bangor, Northern Ireland!

10. Go-kart at Eddie Irvine Sports

A person go karting, things to do in Bangor Northern Ireland
Go-karting at Eddie Irvines

Looking for family-fun things to Bangor? Look no further than Eddie Irvine Sports! This premier indoor sporting facility offers a range of exciting activities, including go-karting, football, and paintball. It's the perfect place for some family fun, even on a rainy day.

Things to do after your day out in Bangor

Whatever you get up to during the day, there’s no better place to relax and unwind than Clandeboye Lodge. From stylish rooms with comfy beds and high-speed Wi-Fi, to delicious dining in the renowned Coq & Bull brasserie.

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