Things To Do In Portrush

Portrush is an Irish town located on the basaltic peninsula of Ramore Head to the North Western end of the Antrim Coast Road. The fishing town traces its first occupation to around 4000 BC. This period was known as the Late Irish Mesolithic Era that was also referred to as the Larnian Period. Permanent settlement in Portrush is estimated to have been around the 12th or 13th Century.

Click here for portrush things to do


In the middle of the 17th Century, after the wars of the Three Kingdoms, the town became a fishing town and it was not until the 19th Century that tourism really grew. This was due to the opening of the Ballymoney, Coleraine, Ballymena and Portrush Junction Railway. It progressed to become one of the major resort towns in Ireland by the 20th Century. It became home to large hotels, town beaches, boarding houses and the golf club. However, after the second world war, the growth of the town declined, a decline that was attributed to the growth in foreign travel.


What to do in Portrush

The sandy beaches in the town; the White Rocks, East Stand and West Strand are great for long walks, fun beach games, sunbathing and a swim. For the golf lovers, the Royal Portrush Gold Club is open for golf related activities. You may also attend the annual air show that occurs in September. For those who love surfing and water boarding, the town is a good destination to enjoy and improve your skills.


The annual motorcycle race known as the North West 200 is popular among tourists and attracts a large number of participants each year. There is also a popular raft competition where contestants are expected to build a raft that can successfully travel from the West Strand beach into the harbour. You may also participate in the free weekly Portrush Parkrun which is a five kilometre run that begins at the East Strand Beach to the White Rocks and back to the beach. It is a great way to test your speed since it is a timed run.


Places of Interest

Barry's amusement, the largest amusement park in Northern Ireland, is a great destination to have some fun. You may also organise a visit to the Royal Golf Club which has hosted several renowned tournaments. You may also visit the Waterworld swimming complex as well as the coastal zone. There is also a collection of rocks that is home to several species just off the coast. These sites are family friendly and therefore you do not have to leave your kids or siblings behind.


If you are looking to have some fun during the night, the nightclubs will offer you a chance to sample some alcoholic drinks as well as dance the night away. The Kelly's complex, Northern Ireland biggest complex of nightclubs and bars, has several nightclubs that you could sample.


Although small, Portrush has a lot to offer for tourists. The town's population, which stands below 7000, is welcoming and friendly. They will assist you in understanding their culture and trying out different things. Remember to book your accommodation in good time since places to stay in portrush can get crowded at times.