Look out for wildlife and enjoy the views over Belfast Lough and Bangor Marina
The Eisenhower Pier is part of the Columban Way, a heritage trail between Comber and Bangor covering 20 miles (32 km). A trail to experience the area’s rich and diverse history, Bronze Age relics, monastic settlements, Viking attacks, industrial heritage and military influences in both the First and Second World Wars, are just some points of interest you will discover along the way. Find out more about the Columban Way Heritage Trail.
The Eisenhower Pier is located to the north of Bangor Marina at Bangor Lifeboat Station and is home to a colony of black guillemots who annually nest in the harbour wall. These are known affectionately as "Bangor Penguins".
The pier is also a focal point for summer events and includes a number of mosaics depicting the history of the town.
Great Wars Trail
One of the piers mosaics depicts the Borough’s crucial role in WWII.
Before departing for the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower inspected the 30,000 American soldiers and sailors. They gathered in three huge US Navy battleships (the Nevada, Texas and Arkansas) in Belfast Lough off Bangor. Eisenhower also visited the Naval Headquarters in Bangor’s Royal Hotel.
In 2005 the “North Pier” as it was known was renamed the Eisenhower Pier to recognise the towns role in these events. It was renamed in a ceremony by his granddaughter Mary-Jean Eisenhower.
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