Bangor Marina is Northern Ireland's biggest and most prestigious marina boasting over 500 berths. Bangor Marina holds the Five Gold Anchor Award and is a multiple winner of the Blue Flag Award. Situated in the centre of Bangor town it is the setting for a variety of major sailing and tourist events each year.
On Eisenhower Pierthere are mosaics depicting the boroughs role in WWII, including General Eisenhower's historic send-off to the hundreds of Allied ships gathered in Bangor Bay before D-Day. Under the central pier is a colony of rare black guillemots, which the locals affectionately call the 'Bangor Penguins'!
Paddle in the gentle surf along the mile-long Ballyholme Beachthat has been a favourite place for families to take a dip and build sandcastles for generations. Take a walk along the Esplanade and continue along the sands to the National Trust nature reserve at Ballymacormick Point.
Few coastal villages in Ireland can compare with Groomsport for scenic charm, tranquil beauty and historical heritage. Make the 10-minute journey from Bangor and travel back in time to when the little sailing harbour was a major port. The atmospheric Cockle Row Cottages have displays of tourists and heritage information, as well as a range of beautiful local crafts - all set in an authentic 1910 atmosphere.