VISIT PORTRUSH

FIND AWESOME PLACES TO EAT, THINGS TO TO DO AND MORE IN PORTRUSH

THINGS TO DO

Find Amazing Things To Do In And Around Portrush

PLACES TO EAT

Find Amazing Places To Eat In Portrush

PLACES TO STAY

Find The Best Hotels, B&Bs and Places To Stay In Portrush

THINGS TO SEE

Portrush Has Some Of The Best Places To Vist & See

Welcome to Portrush

Welcome to the home of Portrush online, our fun-loving seaside town that grew from a humble fishing village into the top-rated holiday destination for Northern Ireland locals and those worldwide. Portrush County Antrim has been the place to holiday since Victorian times. With our beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and fantastic food, we know you’ll love it.


Portrush – Open Year Round

Portrush, or Port Rois in old Irish, is set on a mile-long peninsula sticking out into the Atlantic Ocean, with stunning blue flag beaches on either side and a historically significant rocky edge for its northern tip to explore. Three main roads run parallel to each other to form the spine of the peninsula. Running in a one-way system, the first road is Kerr Street running from the train station to the Harbour, with the pedestrian area, Barry’s Amusements; the largest amusement park in Northern Ireland and Portrush Harbour. The next round is Main Street with its arcades, restaurants, cafes and shops heading from Ramore Head to East Strand. Mark Street runs along the centre and has many fantastic homes and B&Bs. All three roads lead to Ramore Head at the point of the Portrush peninsula.

Explore Places To See Near Portrush


Coleraine

Coleraine Seen as the informal capital of the Causeway Coast on the northern coast of Northern Ireland, Coleraine has great historical significance and provides all the modern amenities you may…

Ballycastle

Ballycastle Ballycastle County Antrim in Northern Ireland is a small town nestled in Antrim County. Ballycastle lies between ancient rocks, forests, and glens. The town has five thousand inhabitants, and…

Castlerock

Castlerock Castlerock is a small seaside village 5 miles west of Coleraine and the Western Gateway of the Causeway Coast route on the north coast of Northern Ireland. It is…

Portstewart

West Strand Portrush from the air looking over the harbour and town

Portstewart Portstewart in Northern Ireland is a classy tourist destination on the north coast with a gorgeous harbour, a spectacular beach, the championship Portstewart golf club, promenade, great cafes, parks,…

The Guide to Bushmills

Bushmills Village Bushmills is a small village on the North Coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Bushmills gets its name from the River Bush, which runs through the village and…

Mussenden Temple & Downhill Demense

Mussenden Temple Mussenden Temple is located in the stunning surroundings of Downhill Demesne on the North Coast of Ireland, not far from the small town of Castlerock in Co. Londonderry….

Guide to Dunluce Castle

Guide to Dunluce Castle Dunluce Castle is a medieval abandoned castle set on the top of a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Causeway Coastal Route just 2 miles…

A Guide to Carrick A Rede RopeBridge

Carrick-A-Rede Ropebridge Carrick-a-rede is a famous footbridge located near Portrush on the North Coast of Northern Ireland. The name Carrick-a-rede is from the Irish Carraig a’ Ráid meaning “rock of…

Guide To The Dark Hedges

The Guide to the Dark Hedges The Dark Hedges, one of the most popular attractions in Northern Ireland, is a beautiful row of beach trees that have been made famous…

Historic Buildings

Castles Dunluce Castle Medieval & 17th century castle Open to the public, 3 miles east of Portrush 87 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, BT57 8UY Tel: 028 2073 1938 Dunseverick Castle Older…

The Causeway Coast Holiday Capital!

In Portrush, you can have both a peaceful or action-packed holiday with many attractions set in the spectacular Causeway Coast scenery, with something to please the entire family, all year round! Situated just a short drive along the coast road from world heritage site The Giants Causeway, overlooked by the famous Dunluce Castle and bounded by Royal Portrush Golf Club

Home to around 7000 people who call Portrush county Antrim home, with students from the University of Ulster Coleraine campus and visitors to the Port increasing numbers up to more than 50,000 in the summer months.

FIND MORE THINGS TO DO IN PORTRUSH


Find Portrush Hotels, B&Bs and Holiday Lets

Portrush is home to a wide range of award-winning and highly rated hotels, Bed & Breakfast and holidays lets that allow you to get the most from your trip to Portrush and Explore the Causeway Coastal Route

Portrush Hotels

Portrush has over 20 amazing hotels that provide an excellent base to explore the town and Causeway Coast

Portrush Bed & Breakfasts

Portrush has dozens of locally run Bed & Breakfasts including a number of 5 Star B&BS

Portrush Apartments

If you are looking for a home away from home, Portrush has all kinds of Apartments, Houses and cottages for holiday lets

Ramore Head

Ramore Head

Ramore Head is an Area of Scientific Special Interest. The original Portrush Rocks (not the painted versions you’ll find dotted around the town) were first “discovered” in 1799 by Reverend William Richardson and written about by the Royal Society.

This started a scientific debate between the Neptunes and the Plutonists that lasted for several decades. The Plutonists believed that all rocks came from volcanic magma, whereas the Neptunists thought the stones were formed from seawater.

The trail around Ramore Head is an excellent place to take in the stunning clifftop views to Donegal and Inishtrahull Lighthouse, North to the Scottish Islands of Islay and east to Rathlin Island and the Giants Causeway. Ramore Head is also a great place to see various birdlife, including many breeding populations of kittiwake, black guillemot and eider.

Between Easter and mid-October, the recreational facilities, are open for tennis, bowls and a children’s Adventure Park. Ramore Head provides excellent enjoyment for the family, takes a picnic, and relaxes on the grass.

Portrush Harbour

Portrush Harbour, just a short walk down from Ramore Head was built-in 1827, however, dates as far back as 1468, and was used up until the second world war mostly for passenger steamers to an from Scotland. Now used primarily for fishing, leisure and home to the RNLI two lifeboats the William Burr and The David Roulston.  The Harbour is also home to many bars, cafes, and restaurants such as The Famous Harbour Bar. You can also take a fishing and food tour from here to watch the surfers, swimmers and fishing boats go by on one of the benches.

Portrush Harbour

Portrush Town

Portrush Town

A walk down Main Street you’ll pass historic iconic buildings such as the ‘The White House’, one of the world’s first mail-order stores with its first catalogue going out in the 1890s, The Belfast Bank Building, the Arcadia and the Londonderry Arms. There are lots to do from traditional bingo, slots and penny fall to excellent cafes and restaurants. The main street also links the Harbour and two of the three spectacular Portrush Beaches, West Strand & East Strand, leading onto White rocks beach and Royal Portrush Golf Club.

Portrush Beaches & Strands

Welcome to the home of Portrush online, our fun-loving seaside town that grew from a humble fishing village into the top-rated holiday destination for Northern Ireland locals and those worldwide. Portrush County Antrim has been the place to holiday since Victorian times. With our beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and fantastic food, we know you’ll love it.


West Strand Beach

West Strand Beach Portrush

West Strand starts in town at the Harbour and stretches to ‘under the railway bridge’ towards Portstewart. A 1 km walking and cycle path all along the beach offers stunning views of the town and Donegal. Both ends of the Strand there are large car parks and toilets. 

This is a perfect beach for all water-related activities and well as walks for yourself and your dog!

East Strand Beach Portrush

The Strand is on the other side of the Portrush peninsula (Ramore Head). Behind the Arcadia This 2 miles long stretch of golden sands is perfect for swimming, walking (including dogs) and generally admiring the sweeping views. This golden sand stretch is also home to several international events such as the Portrush Airshow and has hosted large concerts.

The world-famous Royal Portrush Golf Club is prestigiously placed right next to the beach and ancient sand dunes. The Course was hoe to the 2019 Open Championship, the most extensive Open by attendances outside St Andrews.

East Strand Beach

Whiterocks Beach Portrush

Whiterocks Beach Portrush

Whiterocks Beach provides an entirely different vibe from the two ‘in town’ Strands. It is a continuation of the East Strand and is best known for its white limestone chalk cliffs between 142 and 65 million years old and Dunluce Castle views. The beach is accessed by walking, cycling or driving down the winding road to the shoreline car parks. This is a famous beach for surfing. Views from the cliff tops, beach and the Ocean are memorable. 

This is a perfect beach for all water-related activities and well as walks for yourself and your dog!

Entertainment In Portrush

Barry’s Amusements is probably Portrush’s most famous attraction, one of Ireland’s largest amusement parks. Barry is ideally situated between Portrush Railway Station, The Harbour and overlooking Mill Strand. Barry’s has been entertaining families since 1925 and is still thriving, providing hours of entertainment for all the family with the thrills of a ghost train, helter-skelter, cyclone, hobby horses, dodgems and roller coasters.

FIND THINGS TO DO & SEE


Causeway International Airshow

Portrush Airshow

The Portrush Causeway International Airshow: Northern Ireland International Airshow’ is a two-day flagship air event held annually in September in the seaside town of Portrush The fantastic air displays on each day by the likes of the Red Arrows, Lancaster Bombers, and even aerial fireworks display plenty of entertainment on the ground in Portrush County Antrim.

North West 200

Each May the town hosts part of the famous Motorbike Road Racing event, The Nw 200, established in 1929, held on a 9 mi (14 km) street circuit known as the Triangle between the towns Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush. The Course is one of the fastest globally, with average speeds of 120 mph (190 km/h) and top speeds over 210 mph (340 km/h). The NW 200 is the largest annual sporting event in Northern Ireland, with the race weekend attracting over 100 riders and 150,000 visitors worldwide.

North West 200

Portrush Nightlife

Portrush Nightlife

This lively spot is the hub of local nightlife for the area. Kelly’s is ‘Northern Ireland’s Premier Night club’ based just outside of Portrush town on the coastal road across from Royal Portrush Golf Club. It has a lot to offer with numerous nightclubs, including ‘Lush’ Nightclub, which plays host to world-famous DJs. There is also the Deerstalker Hotel, Bar and Grill.

In the summer months, the town is filled and has an upbeat holiday vibe, as families flock there. Portrush County Antrim is definitely quieter in the winter months, but you’ll still find the holiday atmosphere even in the colder weather. 

Golf In Portrush

Portrush County Antrim is most definitely Irish home of golf, with Royal Portrush golf course taking centre stage as the 2025 Open Championship home, having hosted the 2019 Open Championship and the 2012 Irish Open. The world-famous Dunluce Links Royal Portrush Championship Golf Course is prestigiously placed right behind the East Strand beach with ancient sand dunes overlooked by Dunluce Castle ruins from where it takes its name. However, within a 20-minute drive, there are nearly a dozen more courses including championship courses at PortstewartBallycastle and Castlerock that are well worth a round.

Royal Portrush Golf Glub


Golf Courses Near Portrush


Guide to Roe Park Golf Course Roe Valley is nestled amongst the stunningly beautiful backdrop of The Roe Valley Country Park, near Limavady in Northern Ireland, this highly memorable golf…

Guide to Gracehill Golf Course If you’re the kind of a golfer who doesn’t back down from a challenge, then you’ll have an exciting time at Gracehill Golf Course. Elevated…

Guide to Castlerock Golf Club Castlerock Golf Club is one of North Ireland’s best-kept secrets. The original course, named Mussenden Links, dates back to 1901 and is located on the…

Guide to Bushfoot Golf Club Bushfoot Golf Club is a 9-hole golf course located in the town of Portballintrae, near Bushmills, Country Antrim, North Ireland. The course is famous for…

Table of Contents Add a header to begin generating the table of contents Scroll to Top The magnificent, rugged scenery of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route is home to a…

Guide to Ballycastle Golf Club Table of Contents Add a header to begin generating the table of contents Scroll to Top Golf fans enjoying a break along the dramatic coastline…

Guide to Royal Portrush Golf Club Royal Portrush Golf Club Courses taken from whiterocks with Portrush & donegal in the background Table of Contents Add a header to begin generating…

Attractions Near Portrush


Portrush is perfectly situated on the Causeway Coast, or North Antrim Coast, to explore the many amazing towns, historical sites and awe-inspiring things to see. From Portrush, you are within a short drive of some of the best-known tourist attractions in the work let alone Northern Ireland. From the sets of some of the most renowned television series to world heritage sites.

Towns To Visit Near Portrush


Guide to Roe Park Golf Course Roe Valley is nestled amongst the stunningly beautiful backdrop of The Roe Valley Country Park, near Limavady in Northern Ireland, this highly memorable golf…

Guide to Gracehill Golf Course If you’re the kind of a golfer who doesn’t back down from a challenge, then you’ll have an exciting time at Gracehill Golf Course. Elevated…

Guide to Castlerock Golf Club Castlerock Golf Club is one of North Ireland’s best-kept secrets. The original course, named Mussenden Links, dates back to 1901 and is located on the…

Guide to Bushfoot Golf Club Bushfoot Golf Club is a 9-hole golf course located in the town of Portballintrae, near Bushmills, Country Antrim, North Ireland. The course is famous for…

Table of Contents Add a header to begin generating the table of contents Scroll to Top The magnificent, rugged scenery of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route is home to a…

Guide to Ballycastle Golf Club Table of Contents Add a header to begin generating the table of contents Scroll to Top Golf fans enjoying a break along the dramatic coastline…

Guide to Royal Portrush Golf Club Royal Portrush Golf Club Courses taken from whiterocks with Portrush & donegal in the background Table of Contents Add a header to begin generating…

The Giants Causeway

Just a few miles along the coast from Portrush lies the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only world heritage site. This fascinating place is home to over 40000 interlocking hexagonal basalt columns that rise from the sea. There is an excellent visitor centre at the Causeway operated by the National Trust. Here you can find out about and experience flora and fauna, the geology, the history and even the myths surrounding the Causeway. If you are lucky, you can see Portrush from the end on a clear day

Dunluce Castle

Overlooking Portrush from the east, just along the Coast is Dunluce Castle. Perch on a rocky outcrop Dunluce castle has starred in many blockbusters but most recently in the HBO Series Game Of Thrones. The castle has spectacular views over Portrush, the Causeway Coast and the Atlantic Ocean.

Mussenden Temple & Downhill

Heading West from Portrush along the North Coast road is Mussenden Temple. The Temple is located in the stunning surroundings of Downhill Demesne on the North Coast of Ireland, not far from Castlerock in Co. Londonderry and only 15 minutes drive from Portrush. The Temple itself sits precariously on the edge of towering 120ft cliffs overlooking Loch Foyle and the Atlantic Sea towards Donegal and the Atlantic Ocean.