Learning at North Down Museum

School and group visits

At North Down Museum, we provide a wide range of activities, workshops and resources for education and community groups, with something to suit every age. 

Please note that school and group visits need to be booked in advance to ensure the best experience for everyone and a small fee may be payable for some programmes.

Early Bangor tour (KS2)

Under Development. This programme will be available from October 2023

Vikings! (KS2)

Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins+

Description: With Bangor raided by Vikings at least twice back in the ninth century – as documented by the monks in their ancient Annals – a Viking grave was also later uncovered at Ballyholme.

This session subsequently lets you find out more about this fierce warrior tribe and includes the opportunity to make a Viking-inspired brooch, based on the designs of those found at Ballyholme.


If you would like refreshments to be provided during your school or group visit, please contact the museum café directly on: 028 9127 8050

Preparing for your visit

Please contact our Education and Outreach Officer, Ruth, to discuss specific requirements and make plans for your visit (see details below).

Further information will be provided upon contact.

Handling boxes

We have a number of handling boxes available for schools or groups to borrow for a short period. These include a collection of items which have been donated to the museum over a period of years, or which have been specifically acquired for this purpose. All boxes have copies of local photographs available (except for the Vikings!) and are available for the following topics:

  • Second World War
  • 1950s
  • Vikings
  • Victorians 

NB We are currently collecting objects relating to the 1960s and 1970s. 

Please contact our Education and Outreach Officer, Ruth, to discuss any of the above: ruth.verner@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

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