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Newcastle Beach

Snap photos of the Irish Sea flanked by the green Mountains of Mourne on this popular urban beach with a lively walkway.

Newcastle Beach is a picturesque stretch of sand and pebbles backed by a popular promenade. Shops and restaurants line the back of the beach in the Victorian resort town of Newcastle. Bring your kids to the bustling streets surrounding this beach to find amusement centers and other fun attractions.

Sunbathe on the pebbles and sand of this pretty beach on a warm summer day. Go for a brisk swim in the frosty water of the Irish Sea. Enjoy views of the green, hilly cliffs of the Mountains of Mourne, which provide a dramatic backdrop. Let your kids clamber over the piles of stones and rocks that add character to the sandy haven.

Stroll along the wide bay. Do some beachcombing with your family for shells and intriguing pebbles. This section of beach is about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) long. Traverse the elegant, white footbridge over the Shimna River at the southern end of the beach and enjoy the views of the point where the river meets the Irish Sea.

Relax with snacks and refreshments at one of the area’s many cafés and restaurants and enjoy the serenity in this calm resort town on the sea.

Consider the region’s intriguing history, recorded in various signs and plaques spread across the town. In 1910, engineer Harry Ferguson flew a plane across the beach in one of the earliest engine-powered flights in Ireland. The town escaped the worst parts of the long-lasting 20th-century Irish conflict, with Catholic and Protestants living peacefully together.

The beach is free to access and remains open at all times. Note that lifeguards patrol the stretch of sand at busy times and the beach has life-saving equipment.

Newcastle Beach is on the eastern coastline in the central part of the city. Leave your car in a parking lot at the back of the beach. Visit nearby attractions at the southern end of this sandy haven, such as the Joyland Amusement Centres, the Newcastle Visitor Information Center and Coco’s Children’s Adventure Playground.


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Slieve Donard Resort and Spa $105
Slieve Donard Resort and Spa

Slieve Donard Resort and Spa

Downs Road, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the boardwalk, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newcastle Beach and Tollymore National Outdoor Centre. Royal County Down Golf Course and Tollymore Forest Park are also within 15 minutes.

    Donard Hotel $64
    Donard Hotel

    Donard Hotel

    29 Main Street, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Newcastle Beach, and Royal County Down Golf Course. Tollymore Forest Park and Murlough National Nature Reserve are also within 15 minutes.

      The Avoca Hotel $52
      The Avoca Hotel

      The Avoca Hotel

      93-97 Central Promenade, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Newcastle, this hotel is close to Newcastle Beach, Murlough National Nature Reserve, and Tollymore National Outdoor Centre. Also nearby are Tollymore Forest Park and Royal County Down Golf Course.

        The Views $161
        The Views

        The Views

        13a Central Promenade, Newcastle, Co Down
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Newcastle, this apartment building is close to Newcastle Beach, Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, and Murlough National Nature Reserve. Also nearby are Tollymore Forest Park and Royal County Down Golf Course.

          Priest Bridge Cottage $86
          Priest Bridge Cottage

          Priest Bridge Cottage

          163 Tullybrannigan Road, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Newcastle, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Murlough National Nature Reserve and Newcastle Beach. Tollymore Forest Park and Tollymore National Outdoor Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Newcastle Holiday Luxury 2-bed Apartment - Mountain & Sea - Sleeps 4
            Newcastle Holiday Luxury 2-bed Apartment - Mountain & Sea - Sleeps 4

            Newcastle Holiday Luxury 2-bed Apartment - Mountain & Sea - Sleeps 4

            Newcastle, NIR
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated on the waterfront, this romantic apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Beach, Murlough National Nature Reserve, and Tollymore National Outdoor Centre. Tollymore Forest Park and Royal County Down Golf Course are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Honeysuckle Cottage - Newcastle - Nice Sea Views
              Honeysuckle Cottage - Newcastle - Nice Sea Views

              Honeysuckle Cottage - Newcastle - Nice Sea Views

              Newcastle, NIR
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Newcastle, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Beach, Murlough National Nature Reserve, and Tollymore National Outdoor Centre. Tollymore Forest Park and Royal County Down Golf Course are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Cherryhill Lodge $96
                Cherryhill Lodge

                Cherryhill Lodge

                98 Tullybrannigan Road, County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Murlough National Nature Reserve, Tollymore Forest Park, and Newcastle Beach. Tollymore National Outdoor Centre and Royal County Down Golf Course are also within 2 mi (3 km).