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Bangor has a long and varied history, from the Bronze Age people whose swords were discovered in 1949 or the Viking burial found on Ballyholme beach, to the Victorian pleasure seekers who travelled on the new railway from Belfast to take in the sea air. The town has been the site of a monastery renowned throughout Europe for its learning and scholarship, the victim of violent Viking raids in the 8th and 9th centuries, and the new home of Scottish and English planters during the Plantation of Ulster. The town has prospered as an important port, a centre of cotton production, and a Victorian and Edwardian holiday resort.

Today it is a large retail centre and a commuter town with an easy rail and bus link to Belfast (just 15 miles away), excellent shopping, outstanding restaurants, night life and amenities. North Down has a stunning coastline and beaches, running from Donaghadee past Groomsport to Bangor Marina, where the coastal path then runs through Carnalea, Crawfordsburn, Helen's Bay, Cultra, Seahill and ending in Holywood (this area of North Down is often referred to as the "Gold Coast"). There are also a number of beautiful parks:- Ward Park and Castle Park, both located in central Bangor, Crawfordsburn Country Park and Helen's Bay Seapark, in Holywood you will find Redburn and Ballymenoch Parks and Cairnwood Park at the Craigantlet Hills. Helens Bay also is the home to Grey Point Fort, an unusual wartime artillery site with commanding views over Belfast Lough for which it was built to protect from enemy invasion and now houses a little military museum. Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and The Heritage Centre are also located in the North Down area.

North Down also boasts many sporting clubs including an International Sporting facility, no less than 8 Golf Courses, Sailing, Tennis, Rugby and Football clubs, to mention just a few.

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