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.