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Newcastle Beach is a popular seaside resort and tourist destination located on the South Down coast of Northern Ireland.
Newcastle Beach comprises of sand, pebbles and larger stones and is approximately 2.5 km in length. The major part of Newcastle Beach is backed by a promenade and the seaside town of Newcastle, which has lots of shops, cafes, restaurants, amusements and other attractions. The beach has a very gentle slope with the Mountains of Mourne in the background.
The beach is popular for swimming and sunbathing and there is life saving equipment available with signage on the Promenade. The beach can be accessed via steps or the slipway.
In 1910 Harry Ferguson flew a small plane across Newcastle Beach in one of the first engine-powered flights by aircraft in Ireland.
The entire area is within the Mournes and Slieve Croob Area of Outstanding Beauty and the Murlough Special Area for Conservation.
Can you swim in Newcastle Beach?
Yes, but there are no lifeguards on duty at Newcastle Beach. The beach has very good water quality and you will find the Harbour Swimmers in the water most days of the year.
Are Dogs allowed on Newcastle Beach?
During the summer (1 April - 30 September) dogs are not allowed on certain sections of the beach. During other times dogs should be kept on a lead.
Where can I park for Newcastle Beach?
Car Parks in Newcastle are free of charge. The closest car park to the beach is located at Downs Road. There is also a large car park at Donard Park which is a 2 minute walk from the beach.
- Picnic Area
- Tea-room/Cafe onsite
Children & Infants
- Baby changing facilities
- Accept coach parties
- Accommodation nearby
- Family Fun
- Visitor information - Newcastle Visitor Information Centre, 10-14 Central Promenade, Newcastle BT33 0AA
- Outdoor activities
Parking & Transport
- Car parking
- Parking (free)
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.