Award-winning Walled Garden, in the tranquil grounds of Castle Park

Updated: Thursday 29 April 2021

Bangor Castle Walled Garden is part of the Columban Way, a heritage trail between Comber and Bangor covering 20 miles (32 km). A trail to experience the area’s rich and diverse history, Bronze Age relics, monastic settlements, Viking attacks, industrial heritage and military influences in both the First and Second World Wars, are just some points of interest you will discover along the way. Find out more about the Columban Way Heritage Trail.

The garden is divided into four different sections, each with its own horticultural personality. It also boasts two unique pieces of sculpture inspired by the Borough's maritime history. 

The Ward family designed Bangor Castle Walled Garden in the 1840s. It was previously closed to the public and was considered by many as a secret garden! North Down Borough Council restored this beautiful Garden and it was officially opened as a visitor attraction in April 2009.

The garden won the Royal Horticultural Society Award for Permanent Landscaping in its first year of opening.

Formal tours can be arranged by appointment. 

Opening Times 2021

Walled Garden Opening Hours  Monday to Thursday Friday to Sunday Bank Holidays
1st April - 31st May 10:00 - 18:00 10:00 - 18:00 10:00 - 18:00
1st June - 31st  August 10:00 - 20:00 10:00 - 20:00 10:00 - 18:00
1st September - 31st October 10:00 - 18:00 10:00 - 18:00 10:00 - 18:00
1st November - 31st March 10:00 - 15:00 10:00 - 15:00 Closed (except Easter)


Bangor Castle Walled Garden reopened to the public on Thursday 1  April 2021.

A one-way system will be in operation and visitors will be encouraged to santise their hands before entering the garden and respect social distancing. 

Coffee Cure within the grounds of the garden will be open.

Green Flag Award 2020

Bangor Castle and Walled Garden has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award, the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK along with four other green spaces in our region:

Linear Park, Bangor
Ballymenoch Park, Holywood
Londonderry Park, Newtownards
Kiltonga, Newtownards.

Read more about the Walled Garden, Bangor Castle Walled Garden, A Little Oasis PDF


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