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Coleraine
Travel Guide

Mussenden Temple which includes general coastal views

Home to the University of Ulster, and close to the popular seaside resorts of Portrush and Castlerock, Coleraine makes the perfect family getaway.

The affluent town of Coleraine on the north shores of Northern Ireland is one of the country’s longest populated areas, and is undoubtedly a contender for Europe’s most dauntless countryside.

With stunning landscapes, a plethora of outdoor activities for all ages and a history dating back to around 4,000 BC, it’s hardly surprising that Coleraine is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular destinations. You can explore the nearby countryside, take a stroll along the rushing waters of the River Bann or visit the world famous Giant's Causeway, just a 25-minute bus journey away.

With the earliest recorded human settlement in Coleraine, dating as far back as 4,000 BC, this city is soaked in history. In the early-17th Century, the modern day Coleraine was born as a British plantation project. Why not discover Coleraine’s fascinating history for yourself with the Walking Heritage Trail? Available from the Visitor Information Centre, this guided tour weaves through the town’s twisted Georgian streets and is both fascinating and educational.

With the River Bann flowing nearby, the central shopping square of Coleraine has a somewhat continental feel. Home to a raft of great shops and cafes, the pedestrianised Diamond Square makes the perfect piazza-like centre for this floral town. The town hall, a 19th-century sandstone structure in the classical Italianate style, watches quietly over the square and is host to a number of exhibitions throughout the year.

As the name suggests, the Riverside Theatre in Coleraine is located on the banks of the River Bann. Built during Northern Ireland’s tumultuous 1970s, the theatre is a true cultural triumph and you will find one of the theatre’s top quality productions offers a great night out.

Coleraine is perfect for family breaks, and is well equipped with fun activities for the kids. For instance, why not pay a visit to Waterworld? This indoor water park is located on the picturesque harbour front just a short drive outside of Coleraine. It boasts six water chutes and other facilities to keep you and your kids entertained for hours.

With so much to do, you’ll no doubt work up an appetite. From tapas to Thai green curry, as well as more traditional Irish cuisine, you’ll find no shortage of places to eat out in Coleraine. For laidback dining, there are a number of cosy restaurants and comfortable cafes, predominantly located on or near the riverside, with great sunset views. With Bushmill’s Whiskey Distillery not far away, there’s even something to wash it all down with!

Visit Coleraine today. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a rural break overlooking iconic landscape, Coleraine has everything you could need.

The Lodge Hotel
The Lodge Hotel
3 out of 5
Lodge Road, Coleraine, Northern Ireland
The price is £99 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Portstewart Strand, Royal Portrush Golf Club and Dunluce Castle. Bishops Gate and Mussenden Temple ...
4.4/5Excellent! (245 reviews)
"Pleasant and spacious. Staff were very helpful. Plenty of parking. Enjoyed our short stay."

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2020

The Lodge Hotel
"Windrose" 7 Liffock Avenue Castlerock
"Windrose" 7 Liffock Avenue Castlerock
4 out of 5
7 Liffock Avenue, Castlerock, Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Hezlett House, Castlerock Beach and Castlerock Golf Course. Binevenagh and Bishops Gate are ...
5/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Great Stay
"Our family stayed here for 2 nights it was a fab home excellent condition and so clean. Located in great location to the beautiful beach just down the road. Owners were very welcoming and friendly left us some milk and shortbread on arrival."

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2020

"Windrose" 7 Liffock Avenue Castlerock
Brown Trout Golf & Country Inn
Brown Trout Golf & Country Inn
3 out of 5
Aghadowey, Londonderry, Coleraine, Northern Ireland
The price is £130 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Located in Coleraine, this family-friendly hotel is 4.6 mi (7.5 km) from Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Benvarden Garden and Mussenden ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (80 reviews)
"We loved our stay at this hotel. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms are large and comfortable. The food in the restaurant is excellent - portions are large! The hotel is very child friendly. I would definitely go back."

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2020

Brown Trout Golf & Country Inn
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Atlantic Views
Atlantic Views
4 out of 5
5 Antrim Gardens, Portrush, Northern Ireland
Located in the heart of Portrush, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Waterworld and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Royal Portrush Golf Club. Portrush East ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
In the heart of Portrush
"The apartment was perfect for two couples. Each bedroom has an en-suite and the kitchen has everything you need. Plenty of great restaurants and beautiful scenery on your doorstep. I highly recommend this apartment."

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2020

Atlantic Views
Apt 2
Apt 2
2 Antrim Gardens, Portrush, NIR
This family-friendly Portrush apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Waterworld, Portrush East Strand Beach and Portrush West Strand Beach. Royal Portrush ...
Apt 2
Apt 1
Apt 1
Portrush, NIR
Situated in Portrush, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Waterworld and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Royal Portrush Golf Club. Portrush East Strand Beach ...
Apt 1
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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