Bangor Town Hall, also fondly referred to as Bangor Castle, now the Borough Council headquarters.
Upon arriving into the town by rail or bus, or by car, the Town Hall overlooks the gateway to Bangor town centre and is just a short walk from Bangor Translink Station and the many shops and eateries the town has to offer.
The Town Hall is located amidst picturesque Castle Park which is also home to the beautiful Bangor Castle Walled Garden, which is worth a visit!
Great Wars Trail
The Castle served as a military hospital during the Second World War and a local contingent of the Ulster Home Guard drilled in the grounds. Once the family home of the Binghams, a blue plaque, by the front door, marks the Castle as the birthplace of Rear Admiral Edward Barry Stewart Bingham VC OBE, while a commemorative stone in the garden recognises him as a recipient of the Victoria Cross. Others of the ten children of Lord and Lady Clanmorris served with distinction in the Great War. Gerald Bingham was killed in action 8/10/1918.
The adjacent North Down Museum houses a fascinating exhibition on both Wars including the original Victoria Cross awarded to Barry Bingham for his actions at the Battle of Jutland, alongside personal items. There is also a small scale replica of the ‘Lone Sailor’ sculpture, presented to Bangor in recognition of those who offered American GIs a “home away from home”.