North Down Museum

North Down Museum packs a lot into a small space, telling the history of the area from the Bronze Age to the present day. Take some time to look around the website and learn more about our collections, events and exhibitions - we hope to welcome you on a visit soon!


Opening Times
Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday: 12 noon - 4.30pm

The Museum is also open 10.00am - 4.30pm on Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays in July and August

The Museum is accessible for disabled visitors.


Museum Shop
Our Museum Shop offers a range of family learning activities, games, toys, and souvenirs as well as a selection of books on local and historical topics. Tickets for North Down Arts Events may also be purchased from the Museum Shop, or online at www.northdown.gov.uk/bookings

Coffee Cure @ the Museum
The Museum Café offers freshly made tea and coffee, lunch and snacks for visitors. Special menus are available at certain times of the year, such as Easter and Mothers’ Day. For further information please follow the link above or to reserve a table please phone the cafe on: 028 9127 8050


About The Museum
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 artifacts 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.

Elsewhere on our site you can find out about our collections in more detail, the regular special events and activities we host, how to book an educational event or activity and our other facilities.
North Down Museum is situated at the rear of the Town Hall, Bangor Castle. The Castle, built for the Hon. R.E. Ward in 1852, had a courtyard and stables and the Museum has developed around these.


Learning
North Down Museum offers a variety of learning activities for schools and visitors. Our schools programme covers various topics that tie in with the curriculum and are available to book throughout the school year, as well as other services which are available on request and we are also occasionally available to come to schools in the North Down area to deliver sessions on site.

Handling boxes are available for schools to borrow (subject to availability). Topics that the boxes currently cover include World War II, the Victorian era, the 1950s and Bangor Photographs; keep an eye on the North Down Museum website for details of new additions.

We also have classes for adults and special events at particular times of the year for children and families.
For more information on any of these, please contact Heather Curran, Education Officer on heather.curran@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk or via the Town Hall switchboard on 0300 013 3333, ext. 40313.

Victorian Walled Garden
In the grounds of Castle Park and walking distance (less than ten minutes) from the Museum is the award winning Bangor Castle Walled Garden. The site is a restoration of the original Victorian walled garden built by the Ward family in the 1940s. It features many unusual Victorian varieties of flowers and shrubs, an extensive herb plot and a vegetable garden (produce from which is sold in the Museum - please contact the Museum Reception for details). The Garden is accessible and has a cafe and toilet facilities.

Contact Us
028 9127 1200
www.northdownmuseum.com
museum@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk


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