The 10 Best Things to Do in Portrush, United Kingdom (UK)

January 10, 2018 Hana Mouser

Portrush (from Irish: Port Rois, meaning "promontory port") is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. The main part of the old town, including the railway station as well as most hotels, restaurants and bars, is built on a mile–long peninsula, Ramore Head, pointing north-northwest. It had a population of 6,454 people as measured by the 2011 Census. In the off-season, Portrush is a dormitory town for the nearby campus of the University of Ulster at Coleraine. It neighbours the resort of Portstewart.
Restaurants in Portrush

1. Portrush East Strand

Portrush BT56, Northern Ireland
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5 based on 125 reviews

Portrush East Strand

Reviewed By theweeflea - Dundee, United Kingdom

This is a stunning beach. I wonder how many tourists come to the Giants Causeway and never bother to visit the surrounding areas. If so they are missing out on this wonderful massive beach. Even in Feb surfers were in the water! Its a gorgeous walk on a beautiful beach.

2. Dunluce Castle

87 Dunluce Road | Co. Antrim, Portrush BT57 8UY, Northern Ireland +44 28 2073 1938
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Dunluce Castle

Reviewed By 34210king - Dublin, Ireland

Truely impressive and extensive historical site. The village, no longer visible, which was erected to sustain and support the castle is explained and contextualised very well. The remaining walls and buildings give a very good feel for life ad lived on the site. Do take the time to read the well placed explanatory notices. We did not take the audio guide but were happy with the notices on the walls. Next time I will take the audo tour.
Very highly recomnended. Pick a good day!

3. Barry's Amusements

16 Eglinton Street, Portrush BT56 8DX, Northern Ireland 44-28-7038-22340
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4 based on 539 reviews

Barry's Amusements

Reviewed By DnBK77 - Co. Kildare

Maybe third rate on the world scene but its local and has happy memories for everyone of four generations of our party on a nostalgia-trip! A great few hours for everyone, not expensive and the Helter Skelter remains favouite for sub-teens. Dont allow yourself get "above it all" ! But open for a very short season.

4. Portrush West Strand

Portstewart Road, Portrush BT56 8EY, Northern Ireland
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5 based on 37 reviews

Portrush West Strand

Reviewed By timeagain - Northern Ireland

Lovely long beach. Plenty of car parking. Quaintish town with lots of eateries at a range of prices. Like all Beaches best enjoyed in sunny weather but a surprising amount of bathers happy to frolick in the cold.

5. Whiterocks Beach

Portrush, Northern Ireland
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Whiterocks Beach

Reviewed By NHjo - Rye, New Hampshire

Not particularly good for swimming, of course, but aesthetically, it's one of the most beautiful Beaches in Ireland, and has the iconic Dunluce Castle on top of it (literally).

6. Portrush Countryside Centre

8 Bath Road, Portrush BT56 8AP, Northern Ireland +44 28 7082 3600
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4 based on 28 reviews

Portrush Countryside Centre

Reviewed By Hanni_LR43 - Whitehead, United Kingdom

We visited the Coastal Zone in Portrush. My favourite thing was a ray, a beautiful creature, absolutely fascinating. I'd never seen a fish like it. It was not from some exotic ocean, it was a local species. You watch it, and it turns around and seems to smile at you.
The museum also has a big display of stuffed sea birds. There are video screens and displays in the museum. There are collections of sea shells and more. The ray was enchanting, and I could not take my eyes off it!
The opening hours have been cut down, so do make sure you get to visit this star attraction! Free entry.

7. Portrush Visitor Information Centre

2 Kerr Street | Portrush Town Hall, Portrush BT56 8DG, Northern Ireland +44 28 7082 3333
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4 based on 31 reviews

Portrush Visitor Information Centre

Visitor Information Centre providing free tourist information for local residents and visitors to the area. Explore the Causeway Coast and Glens and Northern Ireland, we offer a selection of printed guides to include visitor attractions, accommodation, events and transport timetables. Tickets for local events and maps are also available. Accommodation booking service. Seasonal opening April - September. We are located in the basement of Portrush Town Hall, the entrance is on Kerr Street, directly opposite Barry's Amusements.

Reviewed By Darren Y

Good starting point if you are visiting the area. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Great variety of brochures and maps freely availableThank-you for taking the time to review our centre. I will pass along your comments to staff. Regards Caroline

8. Causeway Coastal Walk

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5 based on 7 reviews

Causeway Coastal Walk

Reviewed By mariposa888 - Banbridge, United Kingdom

Starting in Ballycastle and ending in Portstewart - the Causeway Coastal walk – traverses some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland. The 30 mile (50kms) route takes in numerous beautiful sandy Beaches (Whitepark bay, Portballintrae, Whiterocks & East Strand in Portrush) the ruins of two Castles (Dunseverick and Dunluce) and the Giants Causeway.
The walk is not difficult - all that is required is a sturdy pair of shoes, a light rucksack and a raincoat (it’s Ireland!). In theory you could base yourself anywhere along the route and do a different stage every day. Much more fun to spend a three or four days (too much beauty to rush) walking from start to finish.

9. Ramore Head

Ramore Avenue, Portrush, Northern Ireland
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Ramore Head

Reviewed By John A - Belfast, United Kingdom

If you start walking from the West Bay car park at Dhu Varren towards the East Bay, or further on towards the White Rocks you can take in the route around Ramore Head.
On Ramore Head the views towards Donegal and northwards towards the Skerries are wonderful, especially at sunset.
At certain times of the year Ramore Head is a spot where you can sometimes see unusual sea visitors, such as Basking Sharks and a variety of small whales.

10. Portrush Library

Portrush Library Portrush Library 12 Causeway Street, Portrush BT56 8AB, Northern Ireland +44 28 7082 3718
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4 based on 11 reviews

Portrush Library

Public Library. Portrush Library Opening Hours: Monday: 10:00am - 1:00pm 2:00pm - 5:00pm Tuesday: 1:30pm - 7:30pm Wednesday: 10:00am - 1:00pm 2:00pm - 5:00pm Thursday: Closed on Thursday Friday: 10:00am - 1:00pm 2:00pm - 5:00pm Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm Sunday: Closed on Sunday

Reviewed By Original T-Bird - Bangor, United Kingdom

I visited the library yesterday as I needed free wifi quickly. It's not the biggest library I have been in but it has a good supply of computers to the right of the reception desk as well as two by the junior section. It has one of the cutest junior sections I have seen – so colourful with little plastic sofas & some teddies.
There are a couple of areas to sit:- some comfy black leather sofas close to the reception desk & some blue chairs & a rocker at the back of the library.
My only negative was I found the heat to be quite unbearable. It felt like the radiators were turned up full blast & was very stifling. I was there for around ½ hour & found it too warm. It was also extremely quiet - you could literally hear a pin drop. There wasn't even a peep out of the dog lying in the entrance hall waiting on its owner (must have been library-trained).
Great place to visit if you want peace & quiet or heated up very quickly!

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