North Down Museum
Housed in restored outbuildings of Bangor Castle, North Down Museum features two of the most important early Ulster-Scots artefacts anywhere in the world. Thomas Raven’s original folio of maps of Sir James Hamilton’s estate are on display here, as well as a sundial from Bangor Abbey. Dated 1630, the grey slate sundial was made in Scotland by John Bonar and is contemporary with the Abbey’s most famous minister, Robert Blair, who sailed on the ill-fated Eagle Wing to America. There is also an exhibition on the great families of the area. The museum’s most famous object is the Bangor Bell, which dates from the 9th century.
For more information visit www.northdownmuseum.com or call 028 9127 1200. The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday (10am - 4.30pm) and Sundays (12pm - 4.30pm) September – June. It is also open on Mondays in July and August and on Bank Holiday Mondays. Parki