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Best Beaches In Belfast

We've rounded up the best beaches in Belfast in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 18 Belfast beaches to pick from. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the beaches we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

Find your perfect day out

Helen's Bay

  • Bangor
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Helen’s Bay in Northern Ireland, a popular sandy beach, and being close to a train station, it makes for a great day trip location.  Don...

Crawfordsburn Beach

  • Crawfordsburn
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for an outdoor beach adventure? Crawfordsburn beach in Northern Ireland has plenty for your little explorers to discover.  At low tide, littl...

Ballywalter Beach

  • Newtownards
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

If you love long stretches of golden sand and a sea that’s perfect for a dip, then Ballywalter beach in Northern Ireland is the one for you.  Whether...

Murlough National Nature Reserve

  • Dundrum
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Murlough National Nature Reserve Fringing one of Northern Ireland's most popular beaches equally delightful for visiting, this bay is overlooked by t...

Tyrella Beach

  • Downpatrick
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Tyrella Beach and conservation area is a small, enclosed dune complex within scenic Dundrum Bay, perfect for a simple beach day with the family. It i...

Glenarm Beach

  • Ballymena
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a small harbour beach in Northern Ireland to take the kids to? We’ve got you covered - head down to Glenarm beach, you may get lucky and...

Newcastle Beach

  • Newcastle
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to the ever popular Newcastle beach in Northern Ireland, and discover this sandy and pebbled beach - t’is a great spot for families looking...

Carnlough Beach

  • Ballymena
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Carnlough Beach in Northern Ireland, a popular sandy and pebbled beach with a nice harbour.  Don’t forget to bring along your beach esse...



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Waterfoot Beach

  • Ballymena
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

If you’re looking for a great family day out at the beach, head to Waterfoot beach in Northern Ireland, with a shore that stretches out for 1km, ther...

Cushendall Beach

  • Ballymena
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

At Cushendall beach in Northern Ireland, you’ll find a picturesque sandy and shingle beach that’s perfect for little explorers, plus there’s some spe...

Portpatrick Beach

  • Stranraer
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Got little explorers? Head down to Portpatrick Beach in South Scotland, a little sandy beach that’s got all sorts of fun things to explore and discov...

Cushenden Beach

  • Ballymena
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Escape to Cushenden beach in Northern Ireland, a rural sandy beach set within a sweet little village setting and plenty of exciting walks. This sandy...

Warrenpoint Beach

  • Carlingford
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

If you’re looking for an outdoor beach adventure, Warrenpoint beach in Northern Ireland is the perfect place for you!  This shingled beach is a walke...

Ballycastle Beach

  • Ballycastle
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

The coast of north Antrim is spectacular, boasting the Giant's Causeway, the gateway to the Glens of Antrim and Ballycastle beach, with views on a cl...

Drummore Beach

  • Stranraer
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Drummore Beach in South Scotland, a lovely sandy beach that’s perfect for a relaxing family day out.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised by...

Ballycastle Beach

  • Ballycastle
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

If you’re looking for a sandy beach in Northern Ireland, Ballycastle beach is a great spot, plus the water is brilliant for a spot of swimming.  Don‘...

White Park Bay Beach

  • Ballycastle
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to White Park Bay beach in Northern Island, where you’ll find a golden sandy beach, and possibly an unusual herd of animals wandering...got...

Downhill Beach

  • Derry-Londonderry
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Blue Flag Awarded Downhill Beach 11km stretch of sand and surf offering a wealth of activities including water sports, scenic walks and tourist type...

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