Grey Point Fort

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 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.

Address: Crawfordsburn Country Park, Bridge Road South, Helen’s Bay, Co. Down, BT19 1LD.

5 Responses to Grey Point Fort

  1. Magnificent piece, I liked the 2 way radio vhf section

    Emily Mitchell August 6, 2014 at 8:30 am Reply
  2. Hi at Grey Point Fort, Just enquiring to see if there are any event days scheduled for the near future, Cheers Alan.

    Alan Coulter September 25, 2014 at 7:08 pm Reply
  3. Lovely blog, it loads really fast and appears very awesome.

    Riley Gonzales February 12, 2015 at 4:36 pm Reply
  4. Saved like a favorite, brilliant site!

    Addison Turner July 13, 2015 at 7:28 am Reply
  5. A site referring to Grey Point mentions that legend has it that a cow was killed on the Co. Antrim side of the lough. It was in fact a barn outside Carrickfergus that was knocked down by the Grey Point artillery, shortly after a woman was killed when the nightly patrol to Bangor shot at a car that failed to stop when told to do so.

    My grandfather John T. Bannon DCM RIR (and seconded to 1/4 KAR 1916-1919 in the East African theatre Uganda, Nyasaland, BEA, and N. Rhodesia GEA and PEA against the great guerilla general Lettow Vorbeck) also relates in his war diary that while he was based at Grey Point the artillery fired on a Belfast-bound steamship that failed to respond to a signal to stop. A warning shot was fired across its bows. The shot ricocheted off the water and “knocked down a barn off Carrickfergus.–our first artillery duel.”

    I am preparing a book based on his wartime experiences.

    John T Bannon

    John T. Bannon July 19, 2015 at 3:15 pm Reply

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