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There are almost 400 acres of parks and open spaces in Bangor.

Ward Park (T. Graham)


The Marine Gardens extend for over a mile along the shore from Queen's Parade (the central Promenade) to the Golf Course at Carnalea.

Ward Park is the most popular though not the largest of the Parks. Here are to be found bowling greens, tennis courts, playing fields, ornamental lakes, lawns, flowers, shrubberies, aviaries and a collection of water-fowl which is one of the most varied in the British Isles.

Marine Gardens (A. & C. Photography)


Castle Park (155 acres) contains a large forest area where over 100 different species of conifers and other ornamental trees are to be found.

Strickland's Glen extends from the Marine Gardens to Bryansburn Road. The Glen is heavily wooded, and a brook meanders through it to the sea. Footpaths have been provided, but otherwise the glen has been left in its natural state.

Castle Park


The three flat greens in Ward Park may be amongst the finest municipal greens in the United Kingdom. The Men's International Matches were played here in 1948 and the Women's in 1951 and 1959.

Other visitors in recent years include the Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African Touring Teams, the English Bowling Association, the Caledonian, Glasgow Ex-Presidents and Moss Park Touring Clubs, the Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire Associations, Glamorgan County and the Surrey County Ladies.

An Open Tournament for Men is held annually in mid-July and for Ladies in mid-August. Bowls and overshoes are available for hire.

There are seven courses within a six mile radius:-

Bangor Municipal (18). Length 5,300 yards. S.S.S. - 68
Bangor Golf Course (18). Length 6,100 yards. S.S.S. - 71
Clandeboye (18). 2 miles. Length 6,051 yards. S.S.S. - 72
Royal Belfast (18) at Craigavad (6miles)
Donaghadee (18) at Donaghadee (6 miles)
Helen's Bay (9) at Helen's Bay (4 miles)
Scrabo (9) at Newtownards (5 miles)
Sunday Play. Visitors are welcome.

An Open Golf Week is held during the third week in August each year with competitions for Men, Ladies, Juniors and Professionals.

Fred Daly and Norman Drew on first tee, Bangor Municipal course




H. M. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother arriving at Bangor (Northern Whig)





Circuit of Ireland International Rally - Finish and Driving Tests at Bangor, Easter 1959 (News Letter)





The Ulster Group Theatre at Bangor



Groomsport (2 miles)




Donaghadee (6 miles)





Greyabbey (12 miles)



Portaferry (25 miles)


Photographs by N.I. Tourist Information Centre


            Population          27,000           Area     3,036 acres

Ancient Buildings  Abbey Church, Newtownards Road. Tower constructed 15 Century - original foundation circa 555 A.D.
                             Old Watch Tower, Quay Street, built by Lord Clandeboye as a Custom House (illustrated on front cover).

Association Football  Bangor F.C., Irish Senior League. Ground - Clandeboye Park.

Ballrooms  Caproni's, Ballyholme and Crofton Hall, Queen's Parade.

Camping Sites  For use by Youth Organisations only - Shankill Village, Donaghadee Road, and at Golf Course, Carnalea.

Caravans  Caravans not permitted inside the Borough Boundary. Individual caravans readily granted permission to park by almost any farmer in the environ.

Cinemas  Tonic, Hamilton Road (2,000 seats).
               Adelphi, Main Street (600 seats).
               Queen's, Queen's Parade (400 seats).
               Tudor Cinema, Main Street (350 seats).

Cricket  Bangor Cricket Club: Grounds in Ward Park

Cross-Channel Services:
By Sea:- Glasgow - Belfast    {Burns & Laird Lines Ltd.}
                         Ardrossan - Belfast      "      "      "
                         Stranraer - Larne    {British Railways
                         Heysham - Belfast       "      "      "
                         Liverpool - Belfast    {Belfast Steamship Co. Ltd.}
By Air:- Services in operation between Belfast (Nutt's Corner) and London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Bradford, Leeds, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Isle of Man. Consult your Stationmaster or Travel Agent for further information.

Early Closing Day  Thursday.

Fishing - Sea Only  From North Pier, Boats and Rocks.

Information Bureau  At Esplanade adjoining Putting Green. Open 10a.m. - dusk, June to September (except Sundays). 'Phone 2092. And Publicity Dept., Town Hall. 'Phone 2371.

Market Day  Open Air Market Place, off Main Street, Wednesdays.

Newspapers  "The County Down Spectator," Main Street, published Fridays.

Pitch and Putt Golf  Kingsland (14 holes).

Putting Greens  Esplanade, Kingsland and Ward Park.

Public Library  Hamilton Road. Open week-days, 10a.m. - 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. 20,000 volumes. Facilities available to visitors. Reading Room.

Sea Trips  By motor boats from Harbour and jetties in Marine Gardens to Donaghadee, Copeland Islands, Carrickfergus, Whitehead and Belfast Lough.

Tennis  Ten Hard Courts in Ward Park and Four at Kingsland, available for public use. Annual Open Tournament, held Third Week of July.

Theatres  Legion Theatre (300 seats), Hamilton Road (Variety), Little Theatre (400 seats), Central Avenue (Drama).

Transport  The Ulster Transport Authority operates the town bus services, and coach tours from Bangor to numerous places of interest in the province. Diesel Train service every half-hour, or more frequently, between Bangor and Belfast; time - 20 minutes approximately.

"What's On" Guide  Published fortnightly during the season; free from Information Bureau or Publicity Manager, Town Hall, The Castle.

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