The Old Inn

4 star hotel


Main Street Bangor Northern IrelandSee nearby area


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The picturesque Old Inn was once a resting place on the coach route between Belfast and Donaghadee (formerly the main ferry port for mainland Britain). As a result, it has been patronised by many famous names, including the young Peter the Great (tsar of Russia), Dick Turpin (highwayman), former US president George HW Bush, and a veritable roll call of literary figures, including Swift, Tennyson, Thackeray, Dickens, Trollope and CS Lewis. Established in 1614, the Old Inn claims to be Ireland’s oldest hotel, with the original thatched cottage (now the bar) flanked by 18th-century additions. The atmosphere is cosy and welcoming, with log fires, low ceilings and wood panelling, and there’s a lovely garden terrace at the back. The rooms, dressed up with Arts and Crafts–style wallpaper and mahogany woodwork, have bags of character, and the inn’s oak-panelled Lewis Restaurant is one of Northern Ireland’s best.

Our independent authors have visited The Old Inn and selected this as one of our recommended hotels in Crawfordsburn.

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This picturesque hotel dates back to the 1600s, offering history, excellent hospitality and a high quality of facilities and service.

Boasting individually decorated rooms, the elegant and charming Lewis Restaurant and traditional ambience of the old fashioned Parlour Bar, The Old Inn offers excellence in dining as well as accommodation.

The Old Inn is only 8 miles (12.4 km) from George Best Airport, 9 miles (14.5 km) from Belfast city centre and close to the main motorways and transport routes. Here you will find a convenient base for both corporate travellers and leisure guests alike.

With excellent conference and banqueting facilities, The Old Inn offers high quality matched with professionalism of service. There is complimentary parking adjacent to the hotel.

Winner of Hotel of the Year 2007, awarded by the NITB.

Travel information

From Belfast by car: - Follows signs for Bangor and the City Airport to join the A2. - You will bypass the town of Holywood and The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. - At the Ballyrobert Vauxhall car showroom, turn left onto the B20 for Crawfordsburn. - Follow the road into the village. The Old Inn is in the centre of the village with a car park adjacent. By bus: - Take a bus to Bangor, calling at the village of Crawrfordsburn. The bus will stop directly outside The Old Inn.

Services & facilities

  • Non-smoking
    • Designated smoking area
    • Non-smoking rooms
  • Guest services
    • VIP room facilities
    • 24-hour front desk
    • Room service
  • Accessibility
    • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Outdoor space
    • Terrace
    • Garden
  • Concierge
    • Concierge service
  • Breakfast
    • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
    • Available
  • Restaurant/Café
    • Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi/internet access
    • Free WiFi
    • WiFi
    • Internet services
  • Recreation
    • Cycling
  • Parking
    • Free parking
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