I gave always been aware of the castle as I visited Bangor as a young child. I never imagined I would live a few miles away because visiting the beach for me was like a holiday as Co Armagh so inland and without a car it felt like the other side of the world. In those days there wasn't even a direct train.
The remaining architecture in and out certainly displays the wealth of previous residents.
The walled garden has been restored to beyond the level it would have been in its day when there appeared to be more lawn and less beds.
I have a recollection of the walls as a child but little else as was used for storage.