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Cockle Row Cottages

The Harbour, Main Street, Groomsport, County Down, BT19 6JR
Cockle Row Cottages

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Take a step back in time with a visit to the lovingly restored Cockle Row Cottages in Groomsport. The cottages illustrate life for a fisherman and his family at the turn of the last century. Open seasonally, in the summer, the Cottages also house a local Visitor Information Centre and shop. 

Thought to be nearly 400 years old, Cockle Row is the last reminder of old Groomsport. The building was once a pair of fisherman’s cottages and signs of their age can be found by taking a closer look inside. Pop into the Visitor Information Centre to discover a window exposing the interior structure of the walls or look in the cottage capturing its yesteryear and admire the thickness of the walls and the thatched roof. Or appreciate how the cottages were built at right angles to the sea, to protect its inhabitants from the fierce coastal storms.

The cottages were inhabited until the 1950s and were saved from demolition in the 1960s by Bangor Art Club, who repaired the cottages and opened them to the public during weekends in the summer.

In 1997, North Down Borough Council were awarded a grant to entirely renovate the cottages including the first installation of electricity. They reopened that summer, with one building becoming a heritage cottage to allow visitors to experience bygone life and the other as a modern Visitor Information Centre. Since then, they have become a much-loved attraction in the area. Why not call into Cockle Row to have a chat with the Visitor Ambassadors, pick up a souvenir or enjoy the free entertainment which takes place each Sunday.

The cottages are open seasonally, June - August.
Thursday to Sunday, 11am-5pm
Also, free family entertainment, every Sunday, 2pm-4pm - Find out more


Look out for free family fun during the year. Stay up to date with all events by following our Facebook and Instagram pages and by signing up to our monthly e-newsletter.


Attraction Facilities

  • Gift Shop
  • Guided Tours Available


  • Picnic Area

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Free (parking charges may apply)

Guide Prices

No admission charge


Sunday, 16th June 2024 - Sunday, 16th June 2024

Sunday, 23rd June 2024 - Sunday, 23rd June 2024

Sunday, 30th June 2024 - Sunday, 30th June 2024

Sunday, 7th July 2024 - Sunday, 7th July 2024

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Sunday, 4th August 2024 - Sunday, 4th August 2024

Sunday, 11th August 2024 - Sunday, 11th August 2024

Sunday, 18th August 2024 - Sunday, 18th August 2024

Sunday, 25th August 2024 - Sunday, 25th August 2024

Cockle Row CottagesSummer Sunday's at Cockle RowEach Sunday throughout the summer will see activities and entertainment visiting the seaside village of Groomsport to provide an afternoon of FREE fun!
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Saturday, 6th July 2024 - Saturday, 7th September 2024

Saturday, 14th September 2024 - Sunday, 15th September 2024

Groomsport HarbourGuided History Walking Tour of GroomsportThe tour of Groomsport covers the varied history of the village, including the voyage of the Eagle Wing on 9th September 1636 – the first attempt by Ulster-Scots folk to emigrate to America. The tour will include significant buildings dating from the 17th to 19th centuries. Tours are held every…
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Opening Times

Season (1 June 2023 - 31 Aug 2023)
Monday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00

* Seasonal opening, June - Aug

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Directions from Town:Located off Main Street, Groomsport

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