Banbridge Ireland – Northern Ireland’s rustic town

Banbridge, Ireland Northern

Banbridge Ireland is a quiet town in County Down, Northern Ireland. Its location on the site of a bridge crossing the river Bann gave it its name – Ban-bridge. It has a rapidly growing population currently around 20,000. One of the reasons it is popular is its location. It is built next to the A1, the main route connecting Northern Ireland with the South. Furthermore, it is only 24 miles away from Belfast, an easy commute both by car and public transport. Many people working in Belfast live in Banbridge were housing is cheaper and the atmosphere more rural and rustic. It has a wide collection of bed and breakfast, guest houses, hotels, self-catering accommodation, restaurants and cafes, and even car rental companies.

Banbridge, Ireland: History

Banbridge is a relatively recent town. It grew gradually as a stopping point on the main road from Belfast to Dublin at the crossing point of the river Bann. The bridge over the river was built in 1712. Its economy depended in part on the traffic between the island’s two main cities, in part on farming. Gradually and by the late 1700’s, Banbridge had become a leader in other areas, namely the linen industry. Two of the leading companies are still based in Banbridge. During the Troubles Banbridge escaped the worst of the violence and remained relatively quiet. Today the town remains a rural town compared to the larger urban centres of Belfast, Lurgan, Newry, Portdown all within 25 miles. Farming still forms a substantial part of the local economy, but services and the retail industry contributing a fair percentage.

Banbridge, Ireland: Landmark

The most distinguishing landmark of Banbridge is a bridge. Not the bridge over the river Bann, but a bridge through the middle of the town. The main street climbs over a steep hill which horse-drawn carriages found difficult to climb when loaded. Therefore, in 1834 an underpass was cut out of the hill following the direction of the main road, and a bridge built over it. The underpass is known by the locals as “the Cut” though officially known as “Downshire Bridge”. It was built by William Dargan, a famous Irish architect and father of railways on the island.

Banbridge, Ireland: Famous People

Banbridge has been the home of many important people. Three stand out. The first is Patrick Brontë (1777-1861), father of the famous Brontë sisters. The second was Joseph Scriven (1819-1886) whose family was from the village of Seapatrick just outside Banbridge. Joseph is best known for composing the famous hymn “What a friend we have in Jesus” loved and sung by Christian congregations the world over. The third person is captain Francis Crozier (1796-1848), British Naval officer who was a leading explorer in the Arctic and Antarctic areas. His statue is one of the landmarks of the town.

Banbridge, Ireland: Places of Interest

Brontë Homeland

Dromore Mound

F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio

Fergusons Irish Linen Centre

Binder’s Cove

Legananny Dolmen

Newry Canal Path and Visitor Centre

Banbridge Ireland – Other towns and villages in the area

Banbridge Ireland is sorrounded by lovely towns and villages full of the charm of the Northern Ireland countryside. Some of the better known ones are Annaclone, Ballyroney, Blackscull, Corbet, Dromore, Gilford, Lawrencetown, Loughbrickland, Rathfriland, Seapatrick, Scarva.

Banbridge Bed and Breakfasts

Cedar Haven, 19 Tierny Road Donaghmore Newry Co. Down BT34 1RX (Tel. 028 4065 1633)

Clanmurry, 16 Lower Quilly Road Dromore Co. Down BT25 1NL (Tel. 028 9269 3760 )

Druminargle House, 29 Poyntzpass Road, Scarva, Co. Armagh BT63 6LE (Tel. 028 3831 8206)

Fresh Winds, 30 Ringsend Road Banbridge Co. Down BT32 3QQ (Tel. 028 4062 2943)

Hilltop Lodge, 44 Barrack Hill Banbridge Co. Down BT32 4HE (Tel. 028 4062 7240)

Ilex House, 19a Drumarkin Road Rathfriland Co. Down BT34 5ND (Tel. 028 4063 1804)

Mount Pleasant, 38 Banbridge Road Gilford Co. Armagh BT63 6DJ (Tel. 028 3883 1522)

Sylvan Hill House, 76 Kilntown Road Dromore Co. Down BT25 1HS (Tel. 028 9269 2321)

The Maggi Minn, 11 Bishopswell Road Dromore Co. Down BT25 1ST (Tel. 028 9269 3529)

Banbridge Guest Houses

Greenacres, 15 Brague Road Banbridge Co. Down BT34 5NA (Tel. 028 4062 3328)

Slieve Croob Inn, 119 Clanvaraghan Road Castlewellan Co. Down BT31 9LA (Tel. 028 4377 1412)

Hotels in Banbridge UK

Bannville House Hotel, 174 Lurgan Road Banbridge Co. Down BT32 4NR (Tel. 028 4062 8882)

Bellmont Hotel, Rathfriland Road Banbridge Co. Down BT32 4LH (Tel. 028 4066 2517)

Downshire Arms Hotel, 95 Newry Street Banbridge Co. Down BT32 3EF (Tel. 028 4066 2638)

Banbridge Self-Catering Accommodation

Fernhill Lodge, 41 Fernhill Road Katesbridge Banbridge Co. Down BT32 5QT (Tel. 028 4062 8395)

Flushhaven, 30 Flush Road, Ballyroney, Rathfriland. Co. Down BT32 5HS (Tel. 00 353 4198 26199)

Golfkeel – The Loft, ,Dovedale and Oatfield, 15, 15a and b Ballykeel Road Banbridge Co. Down BT32 3UE (Tel. 028 4062 5580)

Loughbrickland Courtyard, Loughbrickland House, Loughbrickland, Co. Down BT32 3NH (Tel. 07873 290504)

Magheraly Cottage, 47 Kilmacrew Road Magherally Banbridge Co. Down BT32 4EP (Tel. 028 4062 4052)

Park Cottage, 23 Park Road Dromara Co. Down BT25 2JW (Tel. 028 9753 2894)

Rathmourne, 14 Lacken Road Ballyroney Banbridge Co. Down BT32 5JA (Tel. 028 4063 364)

Seeconnell – Dornan’s Clachan, 104 Clonvaraghan Road Castlewellan Co. Down BT31 9LA (Tel. 028 0284377 0050)

Seeconnell – Henry John’s Clachan, 104 Clonvaraghan Road Castlewellan Co. Down BT31 9LA (Tel. 0284377 0050)

The Old Post Office, 4 Castlewellan Road, Ballyward, Castlewellan, Co. Down BT31 9RL (Tel. 028 4065 0445)

Banbridge Restaurants

Angler’s Rest Bar & Bistro (Tel: 028 4067 1515) 42 Aughnacloy Rd, Katesbridge, Banbridge, County Down BT32 5QG

Captain Cooks (Tel: 028 4066 2112), 17 Castlewellan Rd, Banbridge, County Down BT32 4AX

Coach Inn (Tel: 028 4062 9774) 19 Church Square, Banbridge, County Down BT32 4AP

Friar Tuck’s (Tel: 028 3026 8486), 6 Monaghan St, Newry, County Down BT35 6AA

Gilberry Fayre (Tel: 028 3883 2098), 92, Banbridge Rd, Gilford, Craigavon, County Armagh BT63 6DL

Halls Mill Inn (Tel: 028 4023 8149) Banbridge Road, Gilford, Craigavon, BT63 6DJ

Halfway House (Tel: 028 9269 2351), 80 Halfway Road, Banbridge, County Down BT32 4HB

Harry’s Bar (Tel: 028 4066 2794), 7 Dromore St, Banbridge, County Down BT32 4BS

Simply Deanes (Tel: 028 4033 1110), Unit 1, The Outlet, Bridgewater Park, Banbridge, BT32 4GJ

The Road Chef (Tel: 028 3831 8366), 179 Dublin Rd, Loughbrickland, Banbridge, County Down BT32 3NW

The Seven Stars Restaurant (Tel: 028 4062 6461) 4 Main St, Loughbrickland, Banbridge, County Down BT32 3NQ

Violet (Tel: 028 4066 2446) 43 Newry St, Banbridge, County Down BT32 3EA

Banbridge Car Rental

Ballykelly (Tel: 028 4062 4966) 22 Ballykelly Rd, Banbridge, County Down BT32 4PS

Banbridge Car Sales (Tel: 028 4062 8899), 10 Church St, Banbridge, County Down BT32 4AA

Annagh Motors (Tel: 028 4066 2495), 57b Bridge St, Banbridge, County Down BT32 3JL

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