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Columbanus Festival 2023: Bangor Bell Walk

Departing from the Bangor Bell beside Bangor Abbey, Newtownards Road/Abbey Street, Bangor, County Down, BT20 4JE
The Bangor Bell on display in North Down Museum in Bangor City


Part of the Columbanus Festival 24 - 26 November 2023, find out more about the festival here.

A festival of walks, talks, storytelling, poetry, music and song to commemorate the life and legacy of Columbanus.

The theme of bells is chiming through this year's Columbanus Festival.  Monastic bells played an important role in early medieval times to call the monks to prayer or warn of impending danger.  Located in various venues in Bangor, the programme includes Bell Ringing, Bangor Bell Print Workshops, Monastic Bell Lecture, Bangor Bell Walk, Columbanus Cultural Evening and a Columbanus Church Service.


Experienced and qualified tour guides Bridget Watson and Barbara Boyle will lead a guided walk tracing the footsteps of Columbanus from Bangor to Bobbio following the Bangor Bell Trail.

This is a short walk of around 500 metres on flat ground. Walkers should prepare for the outdoor weather and wear appropriate foot wear. The walk will end at the North Down Museum where participants can view the original Bangor Bell and explore the Columbanus exhibition.

After viewing the exhibition, walkers may wish to treat themselves to a cup of tea/coffee and a bun in Coffee Cure which is located beside the museum. 

•    Meet at the Bangor Bell Public Art Sculpture beside Bangor Abbey Parish Centre at 1.30pm
•    Parking is available at Bangor Abbey Parish Centre which is accessed by Abbey Street.
•    Please wear suitable footwear and clothing.   
•    In the event of bad weather please call tour guide Brigid Watson on 07763 898 074

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