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PortrushUnited Kingdom

Portrush is NorthernIreland’s quintessential seaside town: a fun and lively resort with sandybeaches, a vibrant nightlife and plenty of daytime amusements.Portrush stretches out across a mile-longpeninsula that juts into the North Atlantic and presents a panorama of theCauseway Coast, from the Giant’s Causeway in the east to Lough Foyle and theheadlands of Donegal in the west. With its range of restaurants, nightclubs,hotels and eye-catching scenery, Portrush is agreat place for a family holiday.

From Flint Stones to Surfers – the History ofPortrushPortrush was inhabitedsince at least 4,000 BC according to archaeologists, but modernPortrush has a lot more yabba-dabba-doo thesedays, drawing daytrippers to town with its selection of amusement arcades andsurf schools.

Yet there are some heritage sites that are well worthseeing, particularly DunluceCastle which is a short distance from the sea front. The ruins ofDunluce Castle are perched on a cliff at the edge of the sea, a dramaticlocation guaranteed to capture visitors’ imaginations. It dates back to the14th century and was the home of the MacDonnell clan until part of it fell intothe sea in 1639. A fire destroyed the rest in 1641.

Seaside PortrushWhiterocks beach is a perfect location for familieswhen the sun shines, but the surf schools are out and about in all weather.Portrush is billed as “the surfing capital ofNorthern Ireland” and there is no shortage of instructors and surf shops tohelp novices catch their first wave. Portrush isalso great for windsurfing and other water sports – you can even take a trip ona fishing vessel to see how the professionals do it.

Sports and Leisure Pursuits in PortrushSerious golf fans need look no further than the RoyalPortrush Golf Club, which hosted the British Open championship in1951 and has plans underway to upgrade it again. Should the committed golferget bored, there are two other courses in town. There are two bowling greens onthe seafront, and several tennis courts. Cyclists will enjoy the 22-mile tourthat goes from the Giant’s Causeway throughPortrush to Benone Strand. And for children there is the pirate-themedWaterworld pool, complete with a Pirate’s Cove, rope bridge, water pistols andscramble net.

Shopping in PortrushPortrush has shops tocater for all tastes, from edgy surfwear shops and holistic beauty salons toclassic womenswear, handmade jewellery and antiques. The White House departmentstore is a well-known landmark which has stood for more than a century andcontinues to sell its wares to modern customers.

Eating and Nightlife in PortrushPortrush has no shortageof restaurants – the town boasts a variety of cuisines including stone-bakedpizza and Italian food, modern Irish restaurants, traditional pub grub andseafood. Among the pubs and cafes you’ll find a range of offerings from thegreasy spoon serving an Ulster Fry with black and white pudding to espressobars with the latest blends.

Kelly’s nightclub is a draw for people from aroundNorthern Ireland and has regular spots with big name international DJs, andthere are lots of other modern bars and traditional Irish pubs to choose fromand rest those dancing feet.

Enjoy PortrushPortrush will liven upany holiday with a host of distractions from extravagant landscapes to adynamic nightlife. It’s also an excellent place to begin exploring NorthernIreland’s famous Causeway Coast, and take in the internationally-renownedGiant’s Causeway World Heritage site and the breathtaking Carrick-a-Rede ropebridge to find out exactly where they filmed Game of Thrones.

Top hotels in Portrush

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Golflinks Hotel
Golflinks Hotel
3 out of 5
Dunluce Road, Portrush, Northern Ireland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £100 per night

Situated in Portrush, this golf hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Causeway Coast and Royal Portrush Golf Club. Dunluce Castle is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away. Portrush ...

3.7/5Good! (18 reviews)

"Beautiful room with a view and a beautiful meal will most definitely be back"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

Golflinks Hotel
Portrush Atlantic Hotel
Portrush Atlantic Hotel
3 out of 5
73 Main Street, Co Antrim, Portrush, Northern Ireland
The price is £106 per night

Located in the heart of Portrush, this golf hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Waterworld and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Royal Portrush Golf Club. Portrush West Strand ...

4.2/5Very Good! (649 reviews)
We enjoyed our stay, can recommend.

"Excellent choice. Reception friendly. Good size room. Enjoyed the bath. Superb full Irish breakfast. Central location with private parking. Would book again for return stay."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

Portrush Atlantic Hotel
Portrush Luxury Apartments Curran Gate
Portrush Luxury Apartments Curran Gate
Causeway St, Portrush, Northern Ireland

Situated in Portrush, this golf apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Portrush East Strand Beach and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Royal Portrush Golf Club. White ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Best Location in the North Coast

"This is without doubt one of the best places you can stay at on the North Coast in Northern Ireland. The apartments are amazing and the team at Curran Gate go above and beyond to look after your every need. An amazing weekend relaxing with fantastic views and only 2 mins walk to the Beach and less ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Portrush Luxury Apartments Curran Gate

Popular places to visit in Portrush

Portrush East Strand Beach
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Portrush East Strand Beach

4.5/5(45 reviews)

Ride a horse along the varied coastal terrain that features sand dunes and limestone cliffs. Appreciate the views of distant headlands.

Portrush West Strand Beach
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Portrush West Strand Beach

5/5(1 review)

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Portrush West Strand Beach during your travels in Portrush? While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Giant's Causeway
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Giant's Causeway

4.5/5(52 reviews)

The Giant’s Causeway is one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic and most photographed beauty spots, instantly recognisable the world over. It is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in all of Ireland, having earned this rare distinction back in 1986. Yet only through personally experiencing the many moods and overlooked facets of the wild north-east coast’s ancient volcanic bays, cliffs and beaches is it possible to appreciate their true splendour as wonders of the natural world.

Old Bushmills Distillery
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Old Bushmills Distillery

4.5/5(17 reviews)

A visit to Northern Ireland would not be complete without sampling some of the Irish whiskey produced in the country. Old Bushmills Distillery takes you back through time and lets you see first-hand how this well-known whiskey is hand-crafted and produced in small batches.

Dunluce Castle
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Dunluce Castle

4.5/5(25 reviews)

Dramatically located on a steep headland that plunges straight into the sea off the North Antrim coast, Dunluce Castle is the ruined former home of the legendary MacDonnell clan.

The Dark Hedges
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The Dark Hedges

4/5(41 reviews)

As if the undulating Irish countryside wasn’t magical enough, close to the town of Ballymoney you can treat yourself to a magical and mysterious moment with a visit to the Dark Hedges. This breathtaking avenue of gnarled beech trees lines the Bregagh Road close to the village of Armoy in County Antrim.

Reviews of Portrush


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Verified traveller

14 Feb 2020

The harbour bar is a most for anyone the live bands and the atmosphere was great

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Jan 2020

A lovely little coastal town but with plenty of pubs and restaurants . Iconic Barry’s Amusements were shut when we were there unfortunately . Giants Causeway really close and was a must to see.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Oct 2019

Low season is very quiet. Difficult to find dinner.

5/5 - Excellent


4 Oct 2019

Great seaside town which has been done up for the Open and looks fab now.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Sep 2019

Very friendly folk

5/5 - Excellent


4 Sep 2019

Portrush and north coast is changing, much smarter area, clean and plenty to do. Thankfully ‘Barry’s’ is still the same 

Cities near Portrush

Mussenden Temple which includes general coastal views


Old Bushmills Distillery which includes heritage elements and street scenes


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