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The third largest town in Northern Ireland, Bangor is just 20 minutes by rail or road from Belfast, with George Best City Airport on our doorstep.

Bangor has a rich creative and cultural life, and is the home of Snow Patrol, Two Door Cinema Club, Foy Vance, author Colin Bateman, Ireland’s only surrealist painter Colin Middleton, as well as the birthplace of Ulster Punk, and now the adopted home of electronic artist Hannah Peel.

From vinyl record shops to artists pods in converted shipping containers, Bangor is fast becoming the ‘Brighton of Northern Ireland’.

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Getting To Bangor

How to get to Bangor by train, bus, foot and even plane!

Things to do

How to get to Bangor by train, bus, foot and even plane!

Accommodation

Everything you could need from how to buy tickets to parking.

Eating & Drinking

The Walled Garden is wheelchair accessible – click to learn more.

Getting To Bangor

Train

One of the loveliest train journeys in Northern Ireland is the Belfast to Bangor coastal route. The journey can take up to 40 minutes from Great Victoria Street Station and as little as 23 minutes from Belfast Central Station, depending on the number of stops.

The majority of our events finish in time to get the last train back to Belfast, in cases where this isn’t possible it will be stated in the event description.

For timetables and tickets, go to:
www.translink.co.uk
Tel: 028 9066 6630

Bus

Buses run regularly from Bangor Bus Station in the centre of town to the two main Belfast city centre stations – Laganside Buscentre and Europa Buscentre on Great Victoria Street.

For full timetables and ticket prices, go to:
www.translink.co.uk 
Tel: 028 9066 6630

Taxi

Bangor taxi firms:
Bangor Cabs – Tel 028 9145 6456
DC Cabs – Tel 028 9145 9666
Kare Kabs – 028 9145 6777

Belfast taxi firms:
FonaCAB – Tel 028 9033 3333
Value Cabs – Tel 028 9080 9080

Plane

George Best Belfast City Airport on the Belfast-Bangor A2 is just a 20 minute drive from the centre of Bangor. The airport is also accessible by train, with just a short walk from Sydenham Station to the terminal.
For details of routes and airlines, go to:
www.belfastcityairport.com Tel: 028 9093 9093

Belfast International Airport is a 40 minute drive from Bangor. There is no direct bus or rail service from the town, however the Translink Airbus connects with bus services at Laganside Bus centre, and with rail services at Great Victoria Street and Belfast Central stations.
For details of routes and airlines, go to:
www.belfastairport.com Tel: 028 9448 4848

Boat

A choice of car ferry services operate from Scotland, England and the Isle of Mann to Belfast and Larne, with crossings from 90 minutes to eight hours. (We don’t recommend swimming…)

For routes and timetables go to:
P&O Ferries: www.poferries.com Tel: 0871 664 6464
Stena Line: www.stenaline.com Tel: 028 9074 7747

Or why not sail your own boat into Bangor and berth at the marina? For details and rates, go to:
www.quaymarinas.com/our-marinas/bangor-marina Tel: 028 9145 3297

Train

One of the loveliest train journeys in Northern Ireland is the Belfast to Bangor coastal route. The journey can take up to 40 minutes from Great Victoria Street Station and as little as 23 minutes from Belfast Central Station, depending on the number of stops.

The majority of our events finish in time to get the last train back to Belfast, in cases where this isn’t possible it will be stated in the event description.

For timetables and tickets, go to:

Tel: 028 9066 6630

Bus

Buses run regularly from Bangor Bus Station in the centre of town to the two main Belfast city centre stations – Laganside Buscentre and Europa Buscentre on Great Victoria Street.

For full timetables and ticket prices, go to:
www.translink.co.uk Tel: 028 9066 6630

Taxi

Bangor taxi firms:
Bangor Cabs – Tel 028 9145 6456
DC Cabs – Tel 028 9145 9666
Kare Kabs – 028 9145 6777

Belfast taxi firms:
FonaCAB – Tel 028 9033 3333
Value Cabs – Tel 028 9080 9080

Plane

George Best Belfast City Airport on the Belfast-Bangor A2 is just a 20 minute drive from the centre of Bangor. The airport is also accessible by train, with just a short walk from Sydenham Station to the terminal.
For details of routes and airlines, go to:
www.belfastcityairport.com Tel: 028 9093 9093

Belfast International Airport is a 40 minute drive from Bangor. There is no direct bus or rail service from the town, however the Translink Airbus connects with bus services at Laganside Bus centre, and with rail services at Great Victoria Street and Belfast Central stations.
For details of routes and airlines, go to:
www.belfastairport.com Tel: 028 9448 4848

Buses run regularly from Bangor Bus Station in the centre of town to the two main Belfast city centre stations – Laganside Buscentre and Europa Buscentre on Great Victoria Street.

For full timetables and ticket prices, go to:
www.translink.co.uk Tel: 028 9066 6630

Boat

A choice of car ferry services operate from Scotland, England and the Isle of Mann to Belfast and Larne, with crossings from 90 minutes to eight hours. (We don’t recommend swimming…)

For routes and timetables go to:
P&O Ferries: www.poferries.com Tel: 0871 664 6464
Stena Line: www.stenaline.com Tel: 028 9074 7747

Or why not sail your own boat into Bangor and berth at the marina? For details and rates, go to:
www.quaymarinas.com/our-marinas/bangor-marina Tel: 028 9145 3297

Accommodation

Whether you want a boutique hotel or guest house with a sea view, the facilities of a large hotel, or a quiet retreat in a private holiday home or Air B’n’B, you’ll find great choices in Bangor – and lower prices than Belfast.

Visit Ards & North Down & Discover NI have a great up-to-date resource to see whats happening around the borough – click the buttons below to take a look.

Things To Do In Bangor

Bangor boasts the largest marina in Ireland, a stunning coastline to explore, and sandy beaches where year-round sea swimming is experiencing a major revival.

We have two yacht clubs, five golf courses, and beautiful parks and woodland walks. The 2,000 acre Clandeboye Estate (home to the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava), Crawfordsburn Country Park, Bangor Castle and Museum, and the WW2 Grey Point Fort all lie within the town’s greater area.

Visit Ards & North Down have a great up-to-date resource to see whats happening around the borough – click the button below to take a look.

Eating & Drinking

Restaurants

Blu BBQ – www.facebook.com/blubbqbangor Tel: 028 9147 0698

Café Essence – www.cafeessencebangor.com Tel: 028 9145 4470

Little Wing Pizzeria – www.littlewingpizzeria.com/locations/bangor Tel: 028 9147 2777

Nelsons Restaurant at Marine Court – www.marinecourthotel.net/dining – Tel: 028 9145 1100

Porkys Smokehouse Grill – www.porkyssmokehouse.co.uk Tel: 028 9145 0500

Scallywags – www.scallywagsbangor.com Tel: 028 9146 0495

The Ava Winebar & Bistro – www.avawinebar.co.uk Tel: 028 9146 5490

The Bangla – www.banglabangor.co.uk Tel: 028 9127 1272

The Boat House – www.boathousebangor.com Tel: 028 9146 9253

The Bokhara – www.bokharabangor.co.uk Tel: 028 9147 9815

The Guillemot Kitchen Café – www.facebook.com/theguillemot Tel: 028 9146 2037

The Salty Dog Bistro – www.saltydogbangor.com/restaurant Tel: 028 9127 0696

Tom’s Diner – www.tomsbangor.com Tel: 028 9146 1529

Underground Dining – www.underground-dining.co.uk Tel: 028 9147 7788

Yaks – www.yaksbangor.com Tel: 028 9147 0470

Restaurants

Blu BBQ – www.facebook.com/blubbqbangor Tel: 028 9147 0698

Café Essence – www.cafeessencebangor.com Tel: 028 9145 4470

Green Chilli – greenchillirestaurant.co.uk Tel: 028 9146 0030

Kook – www.facebook.com/KookBangor Tel: 028 9131 1951

Little Wing Pizzeria – www.littlewingpizzeria.com/locations/bangor Tel: 028 9147 2777

Nelsons Restaurant at Marine Court – www.marinecourthotel.net/dining – Tel: 028 9145 1100

Porkys Smokehouse Grill – www.porkyssmokehouse.co.uk Tel: 028 9145 0500

Scallywags – www.scallywagsbangor.com Tel: 028 9146 0495

The Ava Winebar & Bistro – www.avawinebar.co.uk Tel: 028 9146 5490

The Bangla – www.banglabangor.co.uk Tel: 028 9127 1272

The Boat House – www.boathousebangor.com Tel: 028 9146 9253

The Bokhara – www.bokharabangor.co.uk Tel: 028 9147 9815

The Guillemot Kitchen Café – www.facebook.com/theguillemot Tel: 028 9146 2037

The Salty Dog Bistro – www.saltydogbangor.com/restaurant Tel: 028 9127 0696

Tom’s Diner – www.tomsbangor.com Tel: 028 9146 1529

Tuk Tuk – tuktukbistro.com Tel:028 9163 5999

Underground Dining – www.underground-dining.co.uk Tel: 028 9147 7788

Yaks – www.yaksbangor.com Tel: 028 9147 0470

Cafe & Coffee Shops

Albe’s Gluten Free Bakery – www.albesbangor.co.uk Tel:07526 172645

Caffe Nero – Tel: 028 9147 7429

Coffee Cure at The Museum – www.facebook.com/CoffeeCure Tel: 028 91278050

Haus – www.bangorhaus.com Tel: 07809 109931

Jazzberry – www.facebook.com/jazzberrycafe Tel: 028 9127 4882

Olive Tree – olivetreebakes.com Tel:07599 281455

Roka – www.rokacoffeehouse.co.uk Tel: 028 9122 8510

The Bearded Goat – www.facebook.com/thebeardedgoat2020  Tel: 07540 139009

The Guillemot Deli – www.facebook.com/theguillemotdeli Tel: 028 9146 2037

The Heatherlea – www.theheatherlea.com Tel: 028 9145 3157

The Marine Cafe – Tel:028 9127 2763

The Red Berry – www.redberrycoffee.com Tel: 028 9147 3373

The Star Fish at Cairn Bay Lodge – www.cairnbaylodge.com/thestarfish Tel: 028 9146 7636

The Yogurt Tree – www.facebook.com/theyogurttree Tel: 028 9185 9408

Bars with food

Wolseys – www.wolseys.com Tel: 028 9146 0495

Donnegan’s – www.donegansrestaurant.co.uk Tel: 028 9146 3928

Jenny Watts – www.jennywattsbar.com Tel: 028 9127 0401

Teddy’s – www.teddysofbangor.com Tel: 028 9145 8455

The Esplanade – www.esplanadebangor.com Tel: 028 9127 0954

The Goat’s Toe – www.facebook.com/thegoatstoe Tel: 028 9145 3959

The Hop House – www.facebook.com/hophousebangor Tel: 028 9122 6080

The Jamaica Inn – www.thejamaicainn.co.uk Tel: 028 9147 1610

The Rabbit Rooms – www.therabbitrooms.com Tel: 028 9146 7699

Bars

Betty Black’s – www.facebook.com/bettyblacks1315 Tel: 028 9590 8990

Fealty’s – www.facebook.com/fealtys Tel: 028 9146 0088

If we’ve missed you out and you’d like to be included in this list, please contact seamus@openhousefestival.com with the business name, website and phone number.

This festival is incredible. It gives Bangor folks a pride in their town, ownership of events and a talking point with friends. Friends of mine travelled from Dungannon for this event. Brings people into the town, and I look forward to hearing the line up every year. Walled garden was a genius idea, amazing venue, so atmospheric, wonderful. Hopefully these events will continue year after year, as they are an incredible attribute for the town.

2021 Festival Attendee

If you have any other queries please get in touch with us here. We look forward to welcoming you to the Garden in August!