Bangor was once ‘the Light of the World’. In the 6th century Bangor was the site of a hugely important monastic settlement, home to Irish Saints Comgall, Columbanus, and Malachy. These monasteries led to Bangor being recognised as a major centre of learning, and a launchpad for Christianity across Europe. This reputation continued for hundreds of years – Bangor was one of only four places in Ireland that were felt to deserve mention on the 13th-Century Mappa Mundi, regarded by many as one of the earliest and most significant maps of the world in existence.

Light of the World Tours draws inspiration from the early history of Bangor to make the town a centre for learning in the 21st Century. We specialise in short-stay Study Abroad (usually 3-10 days), combining the magic of a visit to the island of Ireland with quality learning opportunities that are grounded in the place, people, and stories of Bangor, Ards, and North Down .

Coastal Bangor is a gateway to history, but also to the spectacular coast of Ards Peninsula and the rural landscapes of North Down. This provides the perfect, relaxing backdrop for your Light of the World tour. Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital city of Belfast is only 30 minutes away. And if you’d like to catch the world-famous Giants’ Causeway, the Mourne Mountains, or the breathtaking Glens of Antrim, the Fermanagh Lakelands, or the magical Northwest before you head home, they are all just a bus or train ride away.

The seaside town of Bangor is also an ideal base for exploring the complex social, political, and historic realities of Northern Ireland in a time of peacebuilding, regeneration, and changing identities.

Check out our brochure to find out more about Study Abroad in the Light of the World!