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Crawfordsburn Country Park

Bridge Road South, Helen's Bay, County Down, BT19 1JT
Leafy pathway through the country park

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Head for one of Ulster’s most popular country parks to relish its 3.5km of lovely beaches and riverside rambles that form part of the North Down Coastal Path.  With two excellent beaches, spectacular scenery and views across Belfast Lough, tranquil walks through peaceful meadows and wooded glens and a stunning waterfall, Crawfordsburn Country Park provides a relaxing natural retreat.

This park is also home to a wide range of wildlife which include hedgehogs, rabbits, badgers, a large rookery and jays in the wooded glen, grey wagtails and dippers along the streams and seals, herons, shags, guillemots and, in winter, Brent geese can be seen when walking along the Park's coastal path. 

Grey Point Fort, an historic monument now in the care of the Department for Communities, was completed in 1907 to defend Belfast from sea-borne attack, the enormous guns can be seen from the coastal path which is located west of Helen's Bay beach.

Following the A2 from Belfast to Bangor, Crawfordsburn Country Park is signposted from the Junction at Ballyrobert.



  • Picnic Area
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite - The Woodland Cafe is open daily from 10:00am - 4:00pm

Establishment Features

  • Toilets - Toilets in both the Visitor Centre and in the park are open from 10:00am to 4:00pm each day

Event Facilities

  • Booking Required - Please be advised that commercial activities or events, including filming, photography and organised group activities are not permitted without prior written permission from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). Charges for commercial use of the property may apply. For enquiries please contact:

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking - Car Parking is available at the Main Car Park, exit road lay by, Fort Road Car Park, Grey Point Fort and Sea Park, Coastguard Avenue.

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Opening Times

* Park open all year round for pedestrian access with exception of the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
The park and café will be closed from 13:30 on Christmas Eve and all day on Christmas Day. The park will reopen on Boxing Day, the café will reopen on December 27th

Vehicular Access / Opening Hours
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1 Nov - 28 Feb - 9:00am to 4:30pm

1 Mar - 30 Apr - 9:00am to 7:00pm

1 May - 30 Sep - 9:00am to 9:00pm

1 Oct - 31 Oct - 9:00am to 7:00pm

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Road Directions

Directions from Town:The Park is located off the B20 at Helen’s Bay. It is sign posted from the A2, main Belfast / Bangor Road at Ballyrobert.

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