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 through fascinating exhibitions, interactive exhibitions, tours and talks. 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. 

The museum is situated at the rear of the Town Hall, Bangor Castle.  It sits within the old laundry and stables of the castle, built for the Hon. Robert Edward Ward in 1852.

Museum shop

Our museum shop offers a unique range of family learning activities, games, toys, and souvenirs as well as a selection of books on local and historical topics.

Coffee Cure at 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 Mother's Day. For further information or to reserve a table telephone the cafe on 028 9127 8050.


Museum tours are available but must be booked in advance.  Contact the museum for more information.


Tickets for Ards and North Down arts events may also be purchased from the museum shop.

Opening times


Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am - 4pm
Sunday 12:00noon - 4pm

The museum will be closed on Mondays.

The museum is accessible for disabled visitors.

Further Information
To find out more about our collections, the regular special events and activities we host or our other facilities see:  our website or telephone: 028 9127 1200