There are many towns and villages around the world named Bangor however, this one, in the county of Down, Northern Ireland, is the oldest. This is the place where the name of Bangor originated.
The history of bangor can be divided into four significant era's. The first era takes us back to medieval times, through the dark ages, only to be enlightened by the the old monastic site of the present day Bangor Abbey where saints and scholars spread their wisdom throughout Europe.
The second significant era was undouptably during the reign of Queen Victoria and particularly when the first railway in Ulster linked the rapidly expanding Belfast to Bangor encouraging the population of the town to grow, especially during the summer months.
The third era of change for Bangor was the post war period when Bangor was reinventing itself as perhaps Irelands premier destination with exciting nightlife, dance halls, out-door shows and entertainment the whole year round.
Bangor is presently emerging forward towards it's fourth era, reinventing itself once again after decades of decline. New multi-million pound redevelopment projects are gathering momentum and will soon reshape the towns main streets and seafront. This will compliment the newly opened Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Centre containing an olympic size swimming pool and state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor leisure facilities. Other recent additions have been the beautiful walled gardens, adjacent to the aquatic centre and the super Pickie fun-park that will ensure a great day out for the children and adults alike.