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How to Visit Banbridge, Northern Ireland

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How to Visit Banbridge, Northern Ireland

Banbridge, situated within County Down in Northern Ireland, is a booming town that offers plenty of historical attractions, bustling markets, gastronomical delights and plenty of other opportunities to explore. Whether you’re looking for a memorable day out with the family or want to visit some of the local attractions, Banbridge is a great destination to do so. In this guide, we cover all the details of what to do and see in Banbridge, and everything else you need to know to make the most of your visit.

Getting to Banbridge

Banbridge is easily accessible from other parts of Northern Ireland, as well as Ireland and the United Kingdom. The most convenient route for arriving by air is via Belfast International Airport, located 25 miles from Banbridge. Dublin Airport is also an option, located approximately 82 miles away. There are several car rental companies at both airports if you plan to explore further afield. The town of Banbridge is centrally located within Northern Ireland, with easy access to many of the region’s attractions. For example, it is just a short drive north-west of Belfast and east of the Mourne Mountains. It is also linked via major roads (such as the A1 and M1) to major cities in the area, including Belfast and Dublin, making it an ideal base while exploring Northern Ireland. If you plan on taking public transport, there are bus routes that serve Banbridge from many of the major towns and cities in Northern Ireland. There are regular buses available from Belfast and Dublin, as well as other destinations such as Derry, Lurgan and Warrenpoint. You can check the timetables for the specific route for more information. Additionally, Rail services offer direct links from Belfast and Dublin to Newry station which is around 4 miles from Banbridge.

What to Do in Banbridge

Banbridge offers plenty of activities and attractions for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation or something in-between, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant town. Here are just some of the exciting things to do in Banbridge:

Dromore Castle

Dromore Castle is a ruined medieval tower house situated on the outskirts of Banbridge. When standing on the grounds of a 4-acre estate, visitors will be able to observe the 16th century castle in their photographs. The castle has been well preserved, making it a great place to traverse while imagining life in centuries ago. Visitors can access the castle site every day during daylight hours until sunset every Sunday to Thursday.

The Cut Visitor Centre & Cafe

The Cut Visitor Centre & Cafe is located on River Bann between Banbridge and Portadown. Established in 1994, it’s a great place to admire the stunning views of the river, as well as enjoying some food or drinks in the cafe which serves delicious food and refreshments. The visitor centre also offers guided tours of the canal which are conducted in spring and summer months. This is a great experience for all ages!

Banbridge Farmers’ Market

Banbridge Farmers’ Market takes place at Scarva Street every Saturday from 8am till 2pm. This lively market is one of Northern Ireland’s largest local produce market stalls where locals come together to sell their homemade jams, chutneys, honey, crafts and more! What better way to connect with locals while simultaneously stocking up on delicious food.

Where to Eat in Banbridge

When it comes to food, Banbridge has something for every appetite! There are plenty of restaurants and cafes serving up both traditional Irish cuisine and international food that will surely tantalise your tastebuds. Here are a few of our recommendations on where to eat when visiting Banbridge:

The Oystercatcher Bar & Bistro

The Oystercatcher Bar & Bistro serve up a scrumptious range of freshly made dishes from around the world. The menu features pizzas, pastas and even seafood dishes, so you are sure to find something to please everyone’s palate! They have both dine in and takeaway options available so you can either enjoy their meals right at the restaurant or take it home with you.

Bannville House Hotel

Bannville House Hotel is located on Scarva Street and serves up a variety of delicious meals all day long. From breakfast to dinner, you can find favourites like Irish stew and bacon & cabbage gracing their menu alongside other international cuisines. They also have an extensive wine list that’s sure to impress!

Marina Restaurant

Marina Restaurant can be found at Marina Retail Park – a great place for grabbing a few groceries too! Their menu features Italian dishes like pizzas and pastas as well as steaks and fish dishes for dinner time dining. They also have an impressive cocktail menu if you’re feeling adventurous!

Where to Stay in Banbridge

When it comes to accommodation in Banbridge, there is something suitable for every budget. Whether you plan on staying just for a weekend or an entire week, there is plenty of accommodation options ranging from luxury staycations to Airbnbs that will ensure that your stay is comfortable and enjoyable. Here are some suggestions on where you can stay while visiting Banbridge:

Drenagh House

Located just outside of Banbridge, Drenagh House offers luxurious staycations with its Drenagh Suites & Spa – an exclusive country house golf & spa resort set within 130 acres of rolling valleys and parkland with plenty of outdoor activities such as tennis courts onsite! This 5-star hotel is ideal for those who want to enjoy the serenity and greenery without having to leave town yet still take advantage of all the amenities on offer.

Tranquil Inn Hotel

Run by the family who founded it two decades ago, Tranquil Inn is a 4-star hotel tucked away peacefully in the hills just outside of town that has welcomed travellers from around the world since its doors opened. Visitors will be welcomed with warm hospitality, comfortable rooms and delicious food catering for any diet requirements – vegetarian or vegan friendly depending on your preference!


If you’d prefer more flexibility during your stay in Banbridge then Airbnb might be more suitable for you! There are plenty of listings available ranging from cosy cottages to modern apartments – perfect for vacationers who would like their own space while still being close enough to enjoy town either way.

When to Visit Banbridge

Anytime is good for visiting Banbridge! But between May and September is probably the best period as this is when many outdoor activities like horse riding, golfing, fishing on the river and hikes are available, while some other attractions open late during this period too. Additionally festivals such as Irish Craft Beer Festival (May), Binemouth Festival (July) and Bestival (September) take place during this time, making it much more lively than during other months which may be more quiet or have shorter opening hours for attractions. Overall, if you’re looking for a great weekend getaway or a fun family break then Banbridge should definitely be considered as it has something for everyone! It offers a range of activities for all ages so you’re sure to have a memorable holiday there no matter when you visit.

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How to Visit Banbridge, Northern Ireland

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