A charming oceanfront resort town in Northern Ireland, Portrush boasts sandy beaches, amusement arcades, golf courses and Irish-centric art galleries. It’s a diverse and cosmopolitan Irish enclave, from its medieval castle to sweeping dunes and lively seafood eateries.
Things to do in Portrush
The Portrush waterfront is home to funfair rides and roller coasters at Barry’s Amusements. Try your luck in challenging arcade games at Sportsland Amusement Arcade, then dive into aqua fun at Waterworld, an elaborate water park with additional spa pools, playground and 10-pin bowling lanes.
Even museums in Portrush feature water-centric activities, such as the discovery pools, tanks and viewing platforms at Portrush Coastal Zone. For a classic beach experience, enjoy water sports, surfing and sunbathing at Portrush East Strand, which is framed by a lively promenade for strolling and skating. Wildlife watchers can spot seabirds, such as gannet, tern, fulmar and guillemot.
Explore the ruins of medieval Dunluce Castle, which is perched on basalt outcrops accessible by bridge. Pack a picnic and tour the courtyard and remaining fortifications. A short drive from the castle is Gallery 1608, where you can admire a collection of regional artwork, such as paintings, photography, ceramics and sculptures. Walk over to The Bushmills Gallery to find handcrafted silver jewellery and Irish crafts.
Follow the Atlantic coastline to Portstewart Strand, a long sandy beach bordering Portstewart Golf Course, where you can tee off on an 18-hole championship course with ocean views. Head back to Portrush Harbour for wine tasting and house-made desserts at Ramore Wine Bar. It’s part of a cluster of seafood restaurants, including Mermaid and Harbour Bistro.
Getting around Portrush
Buses, trolleys and taxis offer transportation around Portrush and to coastal areas. You can rent a car at City of Derry Airport, about a 30-minute drive away.