Groomsport Coastal Village

Places to See | Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

Few coastal towns and villages in Northern Ireland can compare with Groomsport for scenic charm, tranquil beauty and historical heritage.

The beautiful village of Groomsport, just ten minutes from Bangor, is best known for it’s picturesque harbour that was once a major fishing port and it’s two fishermans cottages known as Cockle Row.

It’s been high on the list of places to visit in Co Down for centuries.  The harbour is reputed to be of Viking origin and the beginnings of the small settlement can be traced to the 9th or 10th century. Groomsport remained a fishing village through the Victorian and Edwardian periods until the 1920s. The Village narrowly missed out on New World fame when the ship Eagle Wing set out from the port, with 140 men, women and children, to attempt an early trip to North America in 1636 only to be defeated by bad weather after eight weeks at sea. The Eagle Wing is celebrated in an annual festival.

The sandy beaches, quality pubs, restaurants and the picture-postcard beauty of the place make the village popular with holidaymakers and locals alike.

The main attraction for the visitor in Groomsport is Cockle Row, the old fishermen’s thatched cottages cared for by Ards and North Down Borough Council. The cottages have not lost their original charm with the heritage cottage depicting what Cockle Row would have been like around 1910.

Address: Groomsport, Co. Down BT19 6JR

4 Responses to Groomsport Coastal Village

  1. Hi We are travelling to Belfast in May this year. My husband has an ancestor who was a coastguard/sailor posted in groomsport in 1831 name of Daniel Duke. Wondering if you can tell us if there is anywhere we can contact to find out more information or we can visit when we are there. Thanking you for your time.

    Rhonda Johnson January 12, 2014 at 9:31 am Reply
    • Hi Rhonda

      My best advice is to talk to North Down Tourist Information. They can be contacted on +44 28 9127 0069 or email tic[at] You will find all these contact details and their website at the top of this page.

      Happy travels!

      Thomas January 12, 2014 at 10:59 am Reply
  2. hi looking some where in groomsport to send mum and dad for few days as wee treat any sugguestions thank you in advance x

    Deborah May 30, 2014 at 12:58 pm Reply
  3. Trying to find a photo off cottages that where round the point going towards coast guard house on point witch is still there. The cottages where 1. 2. Semi 3 detached 4 5. 6 7 terrace. My husbands grandmother was Hannah Heyburn her family lived in number 2 . He is trying to get a photo off the semis . Could any one help. Thank you Pamela.

    Pamela Coey May 17, 2017 at 2:25 pm Reply

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