Treasure Hunt: Bangor Seafront

Clues for the Bangor Treasure Hunt 2: The Coastal Path

If you missed Bangor Treasure Hunt 1: Bangor Town Centre you can find it here.

Coastal Path Treasure Hunt in Bangor Northern Ireland

Clue 1: (Former) Kingsland Toilets?

When was the camera club set up in this building?

Bangor Photography Club in Kingsland toilets in Bangor Northern Ireland
Kingsland Toilets at Seacliff Road near Ballyholme Car Parks

The Camera club was founded in 1961 and was very popular but lacked permanent premises and had for some years moved between council halls. In early 2000s they approached the council with the suggestion that they could convert the public toilets at Kingsland into club rooms. The council agreed and the following year the Mayor Councillor Anne Wilson opened the new club rooms which have been described as the best of any photographic club in Northern Ireland.


Clue 2: Royal Ulster Yacht club

Who was the famous teaman who was a member of this club?

Sunset at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Bangor Seafront.
Ballyholme Yacht Club, Bangor to Groomsport, North Down Coastal Path. Northern Ireland

RUYC is one of the leading yacht clubs in Northern Ireland and was established in 1866 as the Ulster Yacht Club. It became famous nationally and internationally in the early twentieth century when the boating grocer ? launched five unsuccessful America’s Cup bids from the RUYC with his yachts Shamrock 1 to 5.


Clue 3: The Eisenhower Pier

One mosaic depicts Columbanus and his fellow monks rowing? (Down the Rhine?)How many are in the boat?

jenny-watts-treasure-hunt-bangor-north-down-panel-mosaic
Sunset at Bangor Pier, Tourist Attractions in Bangor Northern Ireland

Walking along the pier you will come across a plaque detailing five mosaics relating to the borough and designed by local schools and opened by the Mayor Anne Wilson. The schools taking part were Bangor GS, St Columbanus College, St Malachys PS Sullivan Upper and Towerview PS


Clue 4: D.Day

What was the date that Eisenhower inspected the fleet before D-Day?

D-Day Normandy Plaque on Eisenhower Pier in Bangor
Bangor Eisenhower Pier, Tourist Attractions in Bangor Northern Ireland

At the end of the pier you will find a plaque relating to Eisenhower’s visit prior to D-day. In 2005 the North Pier was renamed the Eisenhower pier after the United States President Dwight D Eisenhower who addressed the Allied fleet from the pier before they left Belfast Lough for the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944, General Eisenhower inspected the 30,000 American soldiers and sailors as they gathered in three huge US Navy battleships (the Nevada, Texas and Arkansas) off Bangor shore


Clue 5: Colin Middleton Lived Here

What is the address?

Artist Colin Middleton's House, Bangor, Northern Ireland
Marine Court Hotel, Best Hotels in Bangor Seafront Town Centre, Northern Ireland

Middleton was an Irish artist and surrealist. Born in Belfast in 1910 he moved to Bangor in1953. His work was widely exhibited throughout the Britain Ireland and the US. He was awarded the MBE in 1969


Clue 6 Jimmy’s Bench

Who was Jimmy?

Bangor Boat House Restaurant Quay Street Seafront Bangor Northern Ireland
Memorial Chair Bench at Bangor Boathouse Quay Street Bangor N Ireland

In past decades Old Bangorians have gathered in front of the Boathouse to observe the passing visitors, discuss the problems of Bangor and generally solve the troubles of the world. This bench commemorates one of them.


Clue 7: Quay Street/Crosby Street

On which building on Quay St/Crosby St can we see this half-hidden inscription?

Lyons in the Lord, Bangor, Northern Ireland
Marine Court Hotel, Best Hotels in Bangor Seafront Town Centre, Northern Ireland

Clue 8: Sunken Gardens

When was the memorial to Mrs Coates erected?

High Street Bangor, Best Hotels in Bangor Seafront Town Centre, Northern Ireland
Bregenz House Marina, Bangor Northern Ireland

The wrought iron fountain in the Sunken Gardens was erected in memory of Mrs Arthur Hill Coates by the members of the Bangor Corinthian Sailing Club.


Clue 9: The Pastie Supper Lover

As you continue along the promenade you will see the sculpture of a well known Bangorian who has recently moved from his original home at Pickie Fun Park.

What does this legend have on his back?

Pastie Supper Lover, Pickie Fun Park, Tourist Attractions in Bangor Northern Ireland
Seaside Play Park, Pickie Fun Park in Bangor Northern Ireland

Clue 10: To Pickie Park

Which organisation meets here?

Pickie Open Church in Bangor Northern Ireland
Pickie Fun Park Drone, Tourist Attractions in Bangor Northern Ireland

Before you reach Pickie Fun Park  you come across a large seated area which was built to accommodate worshippers at Sunday services


Clue 11: Old Skippingstone Pool

Who were not permitted to use this facility?

Ladies Bathing Pool, based at Skippingstone Beach
Ladys Swimming Pool, North Down Coastal Path. Bangor to Strickland's Glen. Northern Ireland

In the early 1900s this swimming pool was a very popular attraction  for locals and tourists but its use was restricted  and it was abandoned by the 1940s.However last year the Council working with “Dash and Splash” swimming group have carried out work to restore the Victorian Pool


Clue 12: Wilson’s Point

Fourteen hundred years ago Columbanus sailed from Bangor to set up monasteries throughout Western Europe. If he had taken the shortest route to Scotland where would he have landed and far did he have to travel??

Wilson's Point, North Down Coastal Path. Bangor to Strickland's Glen. Northern Ireland
Ladys Swimming Pool, North Down Coastal Path. Bangor to Strickland's Glen. Northern Ireland

This plaque was erected by Bangor Rotary to celebrate 100 years of Rotary international. It identifies landmarks in Bangor, across the Lough and in Scotland and gives the distance from Wilson’s Point


Jenny Watts Cave

This cave is visible from Brompton Jetty. It is badly silted up and no longer accessible. Legend has it that Jenny Watts a local smuggler was drowned in it while trying to escape from the excise men. See legend of Jenny Watts

Brompton Bay, North Down Coastal Path. Bangor to Strickland's Glen. Northern Ireland
Half Castle, North Down Coastal Path. Bangor to Strickland's Glen. Northern Ireland

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