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Crawfordsburn Country Park

Bridge Road South, Helen's Bay, County Down, BT19 1JT
a photograph of waves hitting the rocks at the shore

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Head for Ulster’s most popular country parks to relish its 3.5km of lovely beaches and riverside rambles that form part of the North Down Coastal Path.  With two excellent beaches, spectacular scenery and views across Belfast Lough, tranquil walks through peaceful meadows and wooded glens and a stunning waterfall, Crawfordsburn Country Park provides a relaxing natural retreat.

This park is also home to a wide range of wildlife which include hedgehogs, rabbits, badgers, a large rookery and jays in the wooded glen, grey wagtails and dippers along the streams and seals, herons, shags, guillemots and, in winter, Brent geese can be seen when walking along the Park's coastal path. 

Grey Point Fort, an historic monument now in the care of the Department for Communities, was completed in 1907 to defend Belfast from sea-borne attack, the enormous guns can be seen from the coastal path which is located west of Helen's Bay beach

Follow the A2 from Belfast to Bangor, Crawfordsburn Country Park is signposted from the Junction at Ballyrobert.


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Attraction Facilities

  • Open Evenings
  • Open Mondays
  • Open Sundays


  • Picnic Area
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • Free (parking charges may apply)

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Opening Times

* Park open all year round for pedestrian access.
Car Parking is available at the Main Car Park, exit road lay bay, Fort Road Car Park, Grey Point Fort and Sea Park, Coastguard Avenue.
Opening Hours 2021/22: 09:00 - 19:00 1st March to 30th April. 09:00 to 21:00 from 1st May to 30th September and 09.00 to 19:00 from 1st October to 31st October. 09.00 to 16.30 1st November to 1st March.
The toilets in the visitor centre are open from 10:00 to 16:00 and the other toilets in the park are open from 10:00 to 16:00.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Directions from Town:The Park is located off the B20 at Helen’s Bay. It is sign posted from the A2, main Belfast / Bangor Road at Ballyrobert.

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