North Down Museum

Uncover the fascinating saga of the area in Northern Ireland's most visited small museum, located in the picturesque stable block of Bangor Castle in the beautiful ground of Castle Park.

The story of the region's history, archaeology and wildlife unfolds before you through a series of exciting audio-visual displays and intriguing exhibits. Here you will see examples of archaeological finds, such as the Ballycrochan Swords, dating from 500 BC, and a 9th Century hand bell which marks the period when Bangor's monastery was one of the most important in Christendom.

Experience life as a Viking in our replica longhouse which in summer features an observation beehive that children adore. Other displays highlight the natural history of the area. Borrow a young explorers backpack to discover the hidden wildlife of Castle Park.

Explore the Raven Maps to discover what the area was like for Scottish Settlers in the Plantation Era. Unveil the links between North Down and the Far East through the Jordan Collection, a magnificent selection of decorative Asian objects.

Through ever changing temporary exhibitions, the more recent stories of the area are told.

The museum also runs special events, activities and a successful education programme throughout the year. Round off your visit at our café, the award winning Coffee Cure overlooking the Victorian courtyard and stop in our gift shop to purchase a memento of your visit.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 16:30
Sunday 12:00 - 16:30

Closed on Mondays, except July & August and Bank Holidays


No admission charge

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Bangor Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Follow signs for Bangor town centre. At the roundabout at the train and bus station, follow the brown signs for North Down Museum, turning up the hill towards Bangor Town Hall.
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • Open Sundays
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Picnic Area
  • Accept Groups/Coach Parties
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Parking Available
  • WiFi
  • Baby Changing facilities
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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Contact Details

Castle Park
Castle Park Avenue
County Down
BT20 4BT

Tel: (028) 9127 1200