Downhill Beach | Day Out With The Kids

Downhill Beach

Derry-Londonderry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Attraction Information

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Ages: all ages

Venue type: Outdoor

Blue Flag Awarded Downhill Beach 11km stretch of sand and surf offering a wealth of activities including water sports, scenic walks and tourist type facilities. It's on the North Coast Sea Kayak Trail and you get into the other action with the TK SurfSchool. Downhill Beach is patrolled, in season, by RNLI lifeguards.

Naturally you'll need to pre arrange lessons or hire equipment with the surf school, but the kayak trail is open to competent kayak owners so if you're all vested up and know what you're doing last one in is a rotten egg!

Downhill is an area of scientific interest and is also a special area of conservation offering opportunities for nature walks and sightings of bird life amongst a stunning backdrop of cascading waterfalls, towering sand dunes and one of the most photographed buildings in Northern Ireland: the prominent Mussenden Temple! The temple offers breathtaking views of the North Coast to Counties Donegal, Antrim and Londonderry and a set of dramatic 18th century ruins is waiting to be explored!

With smalls then you'll want a pretty full kit bag to help keep them entertained in the absence of the usual rides etc., so be sure to have buckets, spades, kites, frisbees or whatever else you like to play with on hand! There are few things on the promenade however especially during the main summer season so be sure to take their pocket money along for the temptations that abound. Or else it's coming our of your pocket like usual!


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Wheelchair Wheelchair Friendly
  • Parking Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Cloonavon 66 Portstewart Road, Coleraine, Derry-Londonderry, County Londonderry, BT52 1EY, Northern Ireland


Click here to visit Downhill Beach's website
028 7034 7034

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Year round daylight access permitted. No lifeguard cover at any time.


No fees.

More Information


Accessible loos open daily during the season from Easter to end of September, closed during the winter period.

Eating information

For the best and conveniently closest ice cream you can check out Morelli's on the promenade who also do excellent milkshakes. You may recognise the name because they also operate out of Harrods' Food Court: oo00ooh! Nearest fish and chips is The Harbour Chippy, also on the promenade, which has good public reviews.