Cockle Row Cottages are situated in the quaint seaside village of Groomsport beside the harbour

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 the first Sunday in 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, whilst adults can enjoy live music, craft fairs and Ulster-Scots music and dance in July and August in Association with the Ulster-Scots Agency.

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 and this year even follow from home via the internet.

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 full of local crafts and pottery. 

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

For the 2018 programme click here `

The 2018 Cockle Row programme is being funded by the Ulster-Scots Agency. 


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Opening Times

  • Apr & May, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm
  • Jun - Sept, Daily 11am-5pm
  • Weekend Ent Apr - first Sun in Sept 2pm-4pm
  • Last Sunday in October 11am-5pm, Free Ent 1pm-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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