Visit key sites across the Borough that played an important role in the spread of Christianity

The Ards and North Down Christian Heritage Trail incorporates a number of key sites across the Borough that played an important role in the spread of Christianity not only locally and in Ireland but throughout Europe too.

Sites include Bangor Abbey, First Bangor Presbyterian Church, St Columbanus Church of Ireland, North Down Museum, Grey Abbey, Movilla Abbey and Nendrum to name a few.

The trail is an integral part of the wider Northern Ireland Tourist Board St Patrick's Trail signature project. The trail covers a sixty-mile long driving route taking in various St Patrick and Christian Heritage visitor sites within Northern Ireland of which Bangor is a significant part.

An informational leaflet to accompany the trail is available from all sites on the trail along with Bangor Visitor Information Centre, Ards Visitor Information Centre and other council information points. Download the Ards and North Down Christian Heritage Trail Booklet (PDF) 

The Bangor Christian Heritage:

This 5km trail will allow you to get out and about and combine exercise with a visit to some of the area’s most important Christian Heritage sites along with the beauty of the Coastal Path and Victorian Walled Garden.  You can download a hard copy of the trail booklet:

Bangor Christian Heritage Trail (PDF)  

Bangor Christian Heritage Projects:

During 2015 Ards and North Down Borough Council was fortunate to receive funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund with which to develop the Christian Heritage product in Bangor.To learn more about the projects carried out and developed download our project newsletter (PDF). ​

Columbanus Comic
“The White Dove”, comic tells of the coming of Christianity to Ireland with Patrick and the foundation of the 
Abbey of Comgall and its most famous Saint, Columbanus along with his travels across Europe and through to his death in Bobbio, Italy. 

As a founding member of the Columban Way made up of Bangor, Luxeuil (France) and Bobbio (Italy), we are delighted to launch the first issue of the Columban Way Newsletter.

Columban Way Newsletter Issue 1, Jan 2016 (PDF)

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  • This trail is self guided and can be enjoyed at your leisure


  • Free

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