Bangor, County Down

Bangor (/ˈbæŋɡər/ BANG-gər;[2] from Irish: Beannchar [ˈbʲaːn̪ˠəxəɾˠ])[3] is a town in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is a seaside resort on the southern side of Belfast Lough and within the Belfast Metropolitan Area. It functions as a commuter town for the Greater Belfast area, which it is linked to by the A2 road and the Belfast–Bangor railway line. Bangor is situated 13.6 miles (22 km) east from the heart of Belfast. The population was 61,011 at the 2011 Census.[4]

Bangor

View of Bangor at night, from the Long Hole

Coat of Arms of Bangor
Bangor
Location within County Down
Population61,011 (2011 Census)
 Belfast13 mi (21 km)
District
County
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBANGOR
Postcode districtBT19
BT20
Dialling code028
PoliceNorthern Ireland
FireNorthern Ireland
AmbulanceNorthern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
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Northern Ireland
Down
54.66°N 5.67°W / 54.66; -5.67

Bangor is part of the North Down constituency. Tourism is important to the local economy, particularly in the summer months, and plans are being made for the long-delayed redevelopment of the seafront; a notable historical building in the town is Bangor Old Custom House. The largest plot of private land in the area, the Clandeboye Estate, which is located a few miles from the town centre, belonged to the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava. Bangor hosts the Royal Ulster and Ballyholme yacht clubs. Bangor Marina is one of the largest in both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, and holds Blue Flag status.[5] The town is twinned with Bregenz in Austria and Virginia Beach in the United States.