North Down is located along the southern shores of Belfast Lough. Bangor is a picturesque maritime resort located only 12 miles from the heart of Belfast.
In 2007, and again in 2008, the town was voted by Ulster Television viewers as the most desirable place to live in Ulster.
For more than 150 years the Bangor area has been one of Northern Ireland's main tourist destinations providing for the pleasure of trippers and tourists. In 1858 Charles Dickens took time off from lecture tour of Ireland to have a swim at Ballyholme Beach and his example has been followed by countless thousands since, though nowadays bathers are frequently outnumbered by sailors and windsurfers.
Bangor also boasts one of Ireland's largest marinas which holds the prestigious 5 Gold Anchor Award. On the far side of the Marina is Pickie Family Fun Park, a seaside oasis for children with Giant Swan pedal boats, paddling pools, adventure playgrounds, cafe and a miniature railway.
Other attractions include North Down Museum, situated at the back of the Town Hall in the beautiful Castle Park and Bangor Castle Walled Garden, a 1.5 acre site with four distinct sections—the kitchen garden, the herb and topiary garden, the swamp garden and the flower garden. Seating throughout the garden make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a few moments peace and quiet.
Walking is the most popular recreational activity, and there's no better place to put on a pair sensible shoes and stride out! One of the best walks in Ireland is along the North Down Coastal path extending along the shoreline from Holywood to Bangor and then on to Donaghadee. You can park the car or take a bus or train to join the coastal path at many places along its 16 miles.