The Museum packs a lot of history into a small but delightful space - a great spot for all ages!

North Down Museum tells the story of the North Down area from the Bronze Age to the present day through a series of rooms, each dedicated to a particular era of history. Key artefacts on display include the Bronze Age Ballycroghan Swords, the Bangor Bell from the hugely important Bangor Abbey settlement, and the Raven Maps, the only complete folio of Plantation era maps in Ireland.

North Down Museum is situated at the rear of the Town Hall, Bangor Castle, on Castle Park Avenue. The Castle, built for the Hon. R.E. Ward in 1852, had a courtyard and stables and the Museum has developed around these.

We hope this information whets your appetite to discover more about the North Down area, and we hope to welcome you soon to North Down Museum!

North Down Museum is a FREE attraction in the heart of Bangor.  Here you can also rest and enjoy a meal or snack in Coffee Cure, the Museum café.

Check out the Museums Explorers Pack for the kids! A fantastic way to get out and about feeding inquisitive minds (small deposit required).

Take a virtual walk through the museum with this video.


Exhibitions - exhibitions cancelled until 31 August 2020

Check out what's on in our Community and Long Gallery Exhibition Spaces


Great Wars Trail 

North Down Museum, adjacent to Bangor Castle houses a fascinating exhibition on both Wars including the original Victoria Cross awarded to Barry Bingham for his actions at the Battle of Jutland, alongside personal items. There is also a small scale replica of the ‘Lone Sailor’ sculpture, presented to Bangor in recognition of those who offered American GIs a “home away from home”.

Opening Times

  • Tues - Sat 10am-4.30pm
  • Sun 12noon-4.30pm
  • Closed on Mondays, except July, August and Bank Holidays


  • Free admission

Contact Details

  • Address Town Hall Castle Park Avenue Bangor Co. Down BT20 4BT
  • Telephone 028 9127 1200
  • Email North Down Museum
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