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8. Crawfordsburn County Park and Grey Point Fort

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Crawfordsburn Country Park and Grey Point Fort

Located just east of Helen's Bay, the former family estate of Crawfordsburn Country Park contains exotic conifers, beeches, cypresses and conifers. It's full of variety, with several miles of rugged and rocky coastline, the two best beaches in the Belfast area, a deep wooded glen with an impressive waterfall at its head, a pond and wildflower meadows with excellent views over Belfast Lough. 

One of the most scenic waymarked trails through the park marks the path to Grey Point Fort, an impressive coastal battery and gun emplacement dating from the early 20th century and updated during World War II. Positioned to command the mouth of Belfast Lough, along with its sister fort at Kilroot on the other side, Grey Point Fort never fired a shot in anger, although local residents were told to open their windows and doors for gunnery practice to prevent blast damage.
The park's visitor centre has a cafe and a huge amount of information on local ecology and wildlife. Some distance away is Helen's Tower, a monument built by Lord Dufferin in the 19th century to honour his mother and as a famine relief project, cwhich can be clearly seen from a number of vantage points.

Crawfordsburn County Park and Grey Point Fort Address:
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Bridge Road South
Helen's Bay
County Down
BT19 1LD
Northern Ireland, UK

Crawfordsburn County Park and Grey Point Fort Opening Times:
Country Park 
Daily, 30th March to 30th September, 9.00 am to 8.00 pm
From September 30th, 9.00 am to 4.45 pm
Visitor Centre
10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Crawfordsburn County Park and Grey Point Fort Admission:
Free
 
T  +44 (0)28 9185 3621

F  +44 (0)28 9185 2580

W  Crawfordsburn Country Park 

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