Free family fun until October

Council has agreed a series of measures to enable us to continue to deliver critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic. All Council buildings are closed to the public until further notice, including all Visitor Information Centres (VIC's).

Please direct any queries with regards Cockle Row Cottages and the local area to Bangor Visitor Information Centre on 028 9127 0069 / Enquiries can me made via email only and will be responded to within a few days of receipt. 

Cockle Row Cottages open their doors each year to hundreds of families that visit over the summer season. Open just in time for Easter, these lovingly restored fisherman’s cottages host free themed entertainment from Easter Sunday to early September.

Children will have the opportunity to join in on a range of activities including face painting, children’s crafts, balloon modelling and much more every weekend from 2-4pm, check the 2020 programme for details of days entertainment is running.

Set within the picturesque Groomsport Harbour, Cockle Row Cottages are the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Bird enthusiasts can enjoy live video feeds which have been set up on Cockle Island giving visitors the opportunity to watch birds on two large screens, control cameras for a more interactive bird watching experience.

Open to the public daily from June, the cottages also stock a range of tourist and heritage information as well as a small gift shop selling pocket money toys and nautical items. 

Whether it’s a weekend of free family fun or an afternoon away – Cockle Row Cottages are the perfect place for you!


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Opening Times

  • 2020 opening:
  • Due to Covid-19 the cottages are closed until further notice, below is a note of opening hours under normal circumstances:
  • Sunday 12 Apr – 13 Sept Weekends only: Apr, May and Sept 11am-5pm
  • Daily: Jun – Aug 11am-5pm Family fun: 2pm-4pm
  • Sunday 25 October 11am-5pm, Entertainment 2pm-4pm


  • Free

Contact Details

  • Address The Harbour Main Street Groomsport Co. Down BT19 6JP
  • Telephone 028 9127 0069
  • Email Bangor VIC
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