Bangor Harbour – Bangor Marina – A Lovely Seafront Walk

Updated On: November 08, 2023

Bangor Harbour

The award-winning Bangor Marina, at the heart of Bangor Town, Co. Down, is the most popular destination for holidays in Ireland. On the south shore of Belfast Lough lies probably one of the most premium-service offering marinas.

One of the beautiful attractions at the magical town of Bangor, Bangor Marina offers high-standard facilities and real value marine services for boat owners. Check out the Bangor Marina in 360′ Degrees below!

Bangor Marina was awarded 5 gold anchors by the Yacht Harbour Association and yet maintains such prestigious status since 1996. It is the only marina in Ireland and the UK to be granted the ‘World Host’ accreditation. It is also considered one of the largest marinas there. Located near all the main roads, rail and air transport networks and the Irish Sea cruising routes, the vibrant colourful haven offers safe and secure berthing.

Legends of the Bangor Marina

Legend has it that there was once two warriors named Fróech and Conall Cernach. They returned from France to Bangor bay with Fróech’s herd of cattle. However, on their way to Bangor, Conall’s favourite servant, Bicne mac Láegaire, died. So, they called the bay Inber mBicne after the servant’s name—the Bangor Bay we know today. When they landed, they all blew their horn in honour of the servant’s death. Accordingly, the area where they landed was named Trácht mBennchoir (i.e. Bangor strand). Where Trácht in Gaelic means ‘strand’, Benn means ‘horn’ and cor means ‘casting’—the strand of the horn-casting’.

It is also believed that Marina’s name is derived from the word Beanna. Which means ‘cliffs’ in Irish and also ‘horned bay’ in ancient Norse. Such a notion is supported by the resemblance of the shape of Bangor Bay to the horns of a bull.

Marina Facilities

Bangor Marina is run 24/7 by a highly-qualified staff team. The Marina offers 550 berths. Pontoons can fuel at the pump-out station 24 hours a day or purchase bottled gas at the chandlery. The Marina also offers a boatyard service for boat repairing as well as electricity supply for visiting pontoons. On the ground floor of Bregenz House, there are toilets, showers and a laundry room. Also if you face any trouble with your phone, you’ll find a payphone in Bregenz House as well as BT Openzone wifi throughout the Marina.


  • Free reciprocal berthing between all Quay Marinas for annual berth holders.
  • Free introductory RNLI membership.
  • 50% Discount on winter berthing.
  • 20% Discount off standard Towergate Mardon insurance.
  • 15% Berth discount for boats sold into the Practical Boat Owner marinas by their on-site brokerage.
  • Free WiFi.
Bangor Harbour - Bangor Marina - A Lovely Seafront Walk
Bangor Harbour - Bangor Marina - A Lovely Seafront Walk 1

Other places near Bangor 

There is a number of good restaurants near Bangor Marina where you can enjoy your meals with your family. Or take a relaxing walk along the coast to Crawfordsburn Country Park or to Ballyholme and beyond and feel the gentle breeze.

Also, don’t miss the Town Hall (North Down Heritage Centre) for an amazing historical display for free. Should you have your kids with you, no need to worry about them getting bored. Kids can enjoy their time playing at Pickie Park. If you’re here in August, the Open House Festival has plenty of events to keep you entertained. So, ready to go? Below we have included the location so that you can easily find the Marina.

Have you visited the Marina or any other attractions/places in Bangor? We would love to hear your experience in the comments below.

Also, don’t forget to check out our other blogs that might interest you: Browns Bay | Helens Bay Beach | Down County MuseumPickie Park Bangor | Crawfordsburn | Ulster Folk Museum

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