Everything to do at the North Coast this summer

Benbane Head along the Causeway Coast Way, voted Northern Ireland’s ‘Most Epic View’.

School is out and summer is here, but how can you keep the whole family entertained? With holiday makers and adventure seekers set to flock to the North Coast this summer we've compiled a list of all the exciting activities everyone can enjoy, big or small, when visiting the stunning Causeway Coast.

Carrick-a-Rede

The rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede was first erected by Fishermen more than 350 years ago when the Atlantic Salmon industry was flourishing. Fast forward to 2019 and the Rope Bridge, suspended almost 100 ft (30 m) above sea level, provides breath-taking views and plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy. Why not take one of our new and exciting guided tours at Carrick-a-Rede and hear about the fascinating history that lies within the limestone walls of Larrybane Quarry. Or if you fancy getting your walking shoes on, the coastal walk at Carrick-a-Rede traces the line of coast over windswept grasslands and winding rocky paths to the rope bridge. As you cross the bridge, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the clear green water and ancient caverns far below – if you dare to look down! Don’t forget to book ticket before you visit!

Come and get closer to nature with our ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾! A jam packed fun filled program for kids with plenty of exciting outdoor activities to do over and over again all year round across the Causeway Coast.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

White Park Bay


There is no better spot on a sunny day than White Park Bay. The spectacular sandy beach forms a white arc between two headlands on the North Antrim Coast and its secluded location means that even on a busy day there is plenty of room to kick back and relax. Bring a picnic, go for a walk or just take a moment to breathe in the remarkable views. White Park Bay is also home to a large variety of local wildlife; keep your eyes peeled and you might spot a creature or two.

white park bay low tide

Portstewart Strand


If miles of golden sand is what you’re looking for then Portstewart Strand is the place for you this summer. Sweeping along the edge of the North Coast, this two-mile stretch of picturesque sand is one of Northern Ireland's finest beaches and affords views of Inishowen headland and Mussenden Temple perched atop the cliffs. Having retained its Blue Flag status Portstewart Strand can supply hours of fun with opportunities for surfing, long walks and even a ‘Butterfly Safari’ on Saturday 10th August.

What better way to spend a summer day than joining us for the Kite Festival 2019 on Monday 29 – Wednesday 31 July at Portstewart Strand. Bring your own or build a new kite and take to the sky with us!

 

Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House


With its striking landscape and beautiful gardens Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House is a must if you’re visiting the North Coast. Explore the 18th-century demesne to discover its temples, dovecotes and not to mention the cliff-top walks. Once you’ve finished exploring why not stop off in our ‘Book Nook’ located in the gothic setting of Gate Lodge. Take a moment for yourself and delve into a romantic classic or a gripping thriller while taking in the cosy surroundings and tranquil views. Why not come on down to our Kite Festival Weekend on 3rd and 4th August where you can enjoy family fun as a kaleidoscope of kites of all shapes and sizes take to the skies over this stunning coastal estate. Award winning kite displays, stunt kite performances and synchronised kite teams make this a festival not to be missed. Quad pod rides, kite making, specialty food market, helicopter rides and much more.

one of our Music Sundays running from July 21st – Aug 25th to enjoy beautiful acoustics by local musicians in the iconic Mussenden Temple.

Join us on Saturday 17th August to uncover the hidden treasures of Downhill gardens with a ranger led tour to learn more about the historic walled garden and lost arboretum, now coming back to life. The event is free, but booking is essential to secure your place.

Oak leaves
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Oak leaves

Giants Causeway


Follow in the footsteps of Giants this summer and unlock the mystery that surrounds the Giants Causeway. Visit the world-famous basalt columns with one of our knowledgeable tour guides or pick up an audio guide and go at your own pace. Climb the Shepherd's Steps and hike along the clifftop trail to get a bird's eye view of the beautiful causeway coast. Or enjoy the road less travelled capturing the World Heritage Site on an active five-mile hike along the stunning cliff-top path with the guided Clifftop Experience

We encourage visitors to come early or pop in later in the afternoon to make the most of your visit and don’t forget to book online.

Come and get closer to nature with our ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾! A jam packed fun filled program for kids with plenty of exciting outdoor activities to do over and over again all year round across the Causeway Coast.

Sunset at the Giant's Causeway
Giant's Causeway stones
Sunset at the Giant's Causeway