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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. Take part in water activities

Beach yoga on Helen's Bay beach, Anna Neill

The stunning 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. Explore the Helen's Tower historic walking trail

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. Discover our favourite local walking routes here.

3. Play golf or practice your swing

Golfing at Blackwood Golf Centre

Golf lover or just starting out? Blackwood Golf Centre features a variety of facilities suitable for golfers of all skill levels, 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. Spend the day at National Trust's Mount Stewart

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 along scenic bike routes

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. Explore Crawfordsburn Country Park

Crawfordsburn Country Park waterfall, courtesy of Tourism Ireland

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 sunbathing during summer.

7. Journey back in time at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

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 and customs 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. Walk through Bangor's Walled Gardens

Bangor Castle walled garden

Discover the beauty of Bangor's Walled Garden as you take a leisurely stroll through the serene 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, Bangor's Walled Gardens are not to be missed! To discover more beautiful walled gardens in Northern Ireland, check out our other blog.

9. Take in the views at the top of Scrabo Tower

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

Go-karting at Eddie Irvines

Looking for fun things to do in Bangor, Northern Ireland that the whole family can enjoy? 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 destination for some family fun, even on a rainy day. Check out our other blog which lists the top fun things to do with kids in Bangor.

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. We’ve got all your needs covered, from stylish rooms with comfy beds and high-speed Wi-Fi to delicious 3 course meals in our renowned Coq & Bull brasserie. Don't forget to sign up to our newsletter to hear our latest news and be first 'in the know' about our special offers, competitions and exclusive updates.

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