The beautiful village of Groomsport, just ten minutes from Bangor
Few coastal villages in Ireland can compare with Groomsport for scenic charm, tranquil beauty and historical heritage. Groomsport is known for its picturesque harbour that was once a major fishing port and it's two fishermans cottages known as Cockle Row.
Visitors and locals are attracted by the beautifully landscaped picnic and play areas around the harbour, the sandy beaches, quality pubs, restaurants and the picture-postcard beauty of the place. It also boasts a very active sailing club (Cockle Island Boat Club). The village, with a population of approximately 3,000, has a recreation ground with 2 football pitches, also a village hall situated in the historic boathouse at the harbour that dates back to 1884. A bus service links the village with Bangor, which is only a few miles away.
The main attraction for visitors in Groomsport is Cockle Row, the old fishermen's thatched cottages that were officially opened in May 1997 after four months of complete refurbishment. The cottages have not lost their original charm with the heritage cottage depicting what Cockle Row would have been like around 1910. A lot of time and effort went into sourcing interior fittings and an exhibition of old photographs of Groomsport provides visitors with a time to reminisce. The second cottage is now a Visitor Information Centre and provides tourists and locals alike with information of places to visit, accommodation and events in Northern Ireland. The cottage also sells a selection of crafts and souvenirs.
These lovingly restored fisherman’s cottages host free themed entertainment from Easter Sunday to the first Sunday in September.
Look out for the 2017 programme which will be available to download here early next year.