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Coleraine
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Mussenden Temple featuring general coastal views

See the oldest site of human settlement in Ireland and stroll along the river in this charming town near the sea.

Coleraine is a large and well-connected modern town on the Bann River. It has a rich history and stands in the heart of a picturesque region near beaches and the iconic Giant’s Causeway. Explore the town center on foot for a sense of the local culture and interesting past.

Relax in the cafés that line the quaint streets of the town center. Gaze up at the golden sandstone façade of the Coleraine Town Hall, which holds an exhibition hall. Browse the stalls of the monthly Coleraine Specialty Market on the Diamond central square.

Walk south along the Bann River on the occasional dry and sunny summer days and reach Mountsandel Fort in its namesake forest. The landmark is considered Ireland’s oldest site of human settlement, occupied in 7600 B.C.

Northwest of town is the Mussenden Temple, a circular cliff-top structure with scenic views of the sea. Capture photos of the 18th-century Romanesque building. Enjoy a picnic atop the 120-foot-high (36-meter) cliffs and amble along the sheltered garden paths.

The building is part of the Downhill Demesne complex, which comprises a former private garden with such structures as Bishop’s Gate, the Black Glen and a mausoleum. Relax in the gorgeous surroundings of the Bog Garden and see the Dovecote and Icehouse. Among the highlights are Hezlett House and Downhill House.

Golf at the champion links Castlerock Golf Course and visit the adjacent Castlerock Beach.

The town is in the Causeway Coast and Glens borough in the northern part of Northern Ireland, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Belfast and 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of Londonderry. Arrive at the Belfast International Airport or take a train to the Coleraine Railway Station near the town center.

Coleraine is a contemporary and cultured town surrounded by spectacular natural and historic landmarks.

"Windrose" 7 Liffock Avenue Castlerock
"Windrose" 7 Liffock Avenue Castlerock
4 out of 5
7 Liffock Avenue, Castlerock, Coleraine, Northern Ireland
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Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Hezlett House, Castlerock Beach, and Castlerock Golf Course. Binevenagh and Bishops Gate ...

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"Our family stayed here for 2 nights it was a fab home excellent condition and so clean. Located in great location to the beautiful beach just down the road. Owners were very welcoming and friendly left us some milk and shortbread on arrival."…"

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"Windrose" 7 Liffock Avenue Castlerock
Crowfield House
Crowfield House
5 out of 5
1 Rhee Lane, Curragh Road, Coleraine, Northern Ireland
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Situated in Coleraine, this luxury bed & breakfast is 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden and within 12 mi (20 km) of Binevenagh and Portstewart ...

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The Lodge Hotel
The Lodge Hotel
3 out of 5
Lodge Road, Coleraine, Northern Ireland
The price is $103 per night from May 9 to May 10

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Portstewart Strand, Royal Portrush Golf Club, and Bishops Gate. Mussenden Temple and Dunluce Castle ...

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"Pleasant and spacious. Staff were very helpful. Plenty of parking. Enjoyed our short stay."…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

The Lodge Hotel
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"Windrose" 7 Liffock Avenue Castlerock
"Windrose" 7 Liffock Avenue Castlerock
4 out of 5
7 Liffock Avenue, Castlerock, Coleraine, Northern Ireland

Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Hezlett House, Castlerock Beach, and Castlerock Golf Course. Binevenagh and Bishops Gate ...

5/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
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"Our family stayed here for 2 nights it was a fab home excellent condition and so clean. Located in great location to the beautiful beach just down the road. Owners were very welcoming and friendly left us some milk and shortbread on arrival."…"

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"Windrose" 7 Liffock Avenue Castlerock
Beautiful Beach House Castlerock Village Golf Surfing Walks
Beautiful Beach House Castlerock Village Golf Surfing Walks
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Situated on the beach, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Castlerock Golf Course and Castlerock Beach. Hezlett House and Portstewart Strand are ...

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Lovely house, great base to explore beautiful coastline

"Extremely well equipped and comfortable house in excellent location. Immaculately clean and we were made to feel warmly welcomed by the owner and the local couple who look after the house to such a high standard."…"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

Beautiful Beach House Castlerock Village Golf Surfing Walks
Holiday Home Near the Sea With Beautiful Beach
Holiday Home Near the Sea With Beautiful Beach
Coleraine, NIR

This family-friendly Coleraine vacation home is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Castlerock Beach, Castlerock Golf Course, and Hezlett House. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (41 reviews)
Great sized property for a couple of small families to share cost.

"Love Castlerock !! Great beach and not too busy! Probably more like 10 min walk from beach , but still very accessible. House equipped with all you would need, plenty of space and beds!!! Perfect for a couple of families with small children to get away and share the cost!! Overall we enjoyed our ..."…"

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