Bangor Tower House

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Bangor Tower House

The Tower House in Bangor is located in a prominent position close to the shoreline in Bangor. Dating from the early 17th century, it is the most important port building of this era in Ulster. The Tower House is first mentioned in 1637 when it was described as ‘fair customhouse built but not finished’. The landlord of Bangor, Sir James Hamilton, Lord Clandeboy, contributed at least £600 to the building work. In addition, King Charles I granted £200-300 towards the building costs.

In his description of the Ards of 1701, William Montgomery of Rosemount wrote: ‘At ye end of ye town is a small bay for barques, and on it a large slated house double lofted, intended at first for a custom-house, both built by ye said Lord Claneboye, from hence is an usual passage to Carrickfergus.’ By 1744 it was in ruins, though must have been patched up to some extent for not long afterwards it used as the lodgings of the agent for the Ward estate.

In the 1880s the Tower House was used as a photographic studio. In 1923 it was acquired by the council and was turned into ‘Hot Sea Water Baths’, before being leased to an antiques dealer in the 1950s. The building now houses the Visitor Information Centre in Bangor.


Bangor Tower House, 34 Quay Street, Bangor, County Down, BT20 5ED

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Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9.15am – 5pm; Wed 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm; Sun closed