Downhill Beach | Day Out With The Kids

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Downhill Beach

  • Derry-Londonderry
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Beaches

Attraction Information

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!

Opening hours

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


No fees.

Travel & Contact Information


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

Phone number

028 7034 7034



Click here to visit Downhill Beach's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets.

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

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Downhill Beach has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant.

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.

Yes, Downhill Beach is wheelchair friendly.

Downhill Beach has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Downhill Beach has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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