One of the best preserved early 20th century coastal forts anywhere in the British Isles

Grey Point Fort 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.

Situated in Helen's Bay, Crawfordsburn, Grey Point Fort houses two spectacular guns and a most unusual hands-on military museum. It also hosts a number of special commemorative events during the year.

The Fort was completed in 1907 with at its heart two massive 6 inch diameter guns which commanded the entrance to Belfast Lough. While a key part of Belfast’s defences against naval attack, it proved of limited value during the German air attacks on the city in 1941. There are still two magnificent 23 feet long guns. Visitors can also see the original observation post and three searchlight positions.

Volunteers have created a great museum of military memorabilia, including medals, uniforms, photographs and weaponry from the First and Second World Wars. There is also a unique collection of radio equipment,together with a section devoted to the Titanic. 

Download a Guide to Grey Point Fort (PDF)

Download the GI Trail Map (PDF)

Expert guides are on hand to assist visitors of all ages. No admission to unaccompanied children under 16.

To arrange a visit outside of the opening hours, for group bookings or special events please email

MPU Image

Opening Times

  • Check website


  • Free

Contact Details

Keep Updated

Join our mailing list and be the first to know about competitions, events, seasonal special offers and receive inspirational ideas for short breaks and unique experiences.