Places to See | Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
Situated within Crawfordsburn Country Park, on the headland to the east stands a wartime relic, Grey Point Fort, a most interesting and unusual visitor attraction with great surrounding views.
This gun site was built to protect the mouth of the Belfast Lough from enemy invasion and now houses a fascinating military museum. This is run by volunteers and exhibits include radio, uniform, weapon, medal and photographic collections. The fort was surrounded by an “unclimbable” wall and palisade. Centrepiece is a 12ft by six inch diameter naval gun which was installed in 1992. It is nearly a century old and was brought from Spike Island in Cork Harbour which also had a defensive fort. Grey Point’s two guns were sold for scrap in 1957 after the disbanding of the coastal artillery.
Visitors of all ages are welcome at this great family attraction in Northern Ireland.
Crawfordsburn Country Park is situated on the southern shores of Belfast Lough. It is full of variety, featuring 3.5.km of coastline, often rugged and rocky, the two best beaches in the Belfast area, a deep wooded glen with an impressive waterfall at its head, a pond and wildflower meadows with excellent views over the Lough.
Grey Point Fort is managed by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
Address: Crawfordsburn Country Park, Bridge Road South, Helen’s Bay, Co. Down, BT19 1LD.
Tel: +44 28 9185 3621