Top things to do

Modern Irish in Bangor

Boat House

Tucked into the former Harbour Master's office, the Boat House is a cosy little nook of stone, brick and designer decor serving fancy plates of deftly prepared local seafood, lamb and game. Five- and seven-course su…
Bar in Bangor

Hop House

Local craft beers, and nightly live music or DJs keep this central spot hopping. There's a good beer garden, awesome burgers and all-you-can-eat ribs and wings from 4pm to 8pm Monday to Wednesday (£12 per person).
Museum in Bangor

North Down Museum

Historical treasures displayed in the converted laundry, stables and stores of Bangor Castle include the Raven Maps (the only complete folio of Plantation-era maps in Ireland); the Bronze Age Ballycroghan Swords, da…
Amusement Park in Bangor

Pickie Funpark

This old-fashioned seaside entertainment complex is famous for its swan-shaped pedal boats. There's also a kids' adventure playground, electric-track karts, minigolf, zorbs and a miniature steam train, the Pickie Pu…
Pub in Bangor

Jenny Watts

Bangor's oldest pub (1780) pulls in a mixed-age crowd for live music on Tuesday night (folk), Friday and Saturday night (varying musicians and bands) and Sunday lunchtime (jazz). There's a beer garden out the back. …
Bar in Bangor

Rabbit Rooms

In a charcoal-coloured building stencilled with a gigantic white rabbit, this bare-boards space is a wonderland of mismatched vintage furniture like old, cracked-leather cinema seats, with cocktails served in teapot…
Cafe in Bangor

Guillemot Kitchen

Opposite the marina, this snug, sky-blue cafe does great coffee, all-day breakfasts, and light bites such as gourmet sandwiches and soups, as well as homemade cakes. Vegan options available.
Gardens in Bangor

Bangor Castle Walled Garden

Designed in the 1840s by the Ward family who lived in Bangor Castle, these tranquil gardens make a good picnicking spot. It's particularly pretty in spring, when the tulips are in bloom.