Bangor Castle was built in 1852, just a stone’s throw from the site of Sir James Hamilton’s first house in Ulster. Hamilton built this home while overseeing the private plantation of Scots settlers to North Down. It was he who developed the modern town of Bangor.
A castle had been built on this site in the late 1700s, but it was not until 1852 that Robert Edward Ward, a descendant of Sir James Hamilton, built the Elizabethan-Jacobean revival style mansion you see today. Now the headquarters of North Down Borough Council, the building is not open to the public, though the walled garden designed by the Wards was opened as a visitor attraction in 2009.
Also see: North Down Museum.
Grounds only. Parking nearby. Visit www.northdowntourism.com or call 028 9127 0069 for more information.