Top 10 Derry Beaches

Here are The UK Beach Guides top 10 Derry beaches. Our rating is based on two factors, the first is the amount each page is viewed and the second is any reviews submitted. These counts get reset at the start of each month.

1. Magilligan Beach, Benone Strand

Magilligan Beach.Magilligan Beach (Benone Strand) is located on the North West corner of Northern Ireland and stretches for 7 miles from Downhill to Magilligan Point. Magilligan foreland is Ireland’s largest ...

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2. Downhill Beach, Coleraine

Downhill Beach.Downhill beach offers visitors a long stretch of sandy beach with great surf making it an ideal spot for water sports and long walks with the dog or just a spot of sunbathing in the warmer months. ...

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3. The Strand Beach, Portstewart

The Strand Beach.The Strand at Portstewart is a large sandy beach backed by a sand dune system that reach heights of up to 30 metres (100ft). Neolithic pottery and implements have also been found within the sand du...

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4. Castlerock Beach, Castlerock

Castlerock Beach.Castlerock beach, a mile of sandy beach that runs west-wards from the mouth of the River Bann. An open-air heated swimming pool by the beach....

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5. Magilligan Point Beach, Limavady

Magilligan Point Beach.Magilligan Point is the tip of one of the largest (7 miles) sand dune systems in the British Isles. The coastline constantly changes with winter storms and this is one of the main reasons the site ...

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In addition to our top beaches, Derry has 4 Blue Flag awarded beaches and many more seaside awards.

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Derry, or Londonderry as it's sometimes known, sits astride the river Foyle and dates back to the 6th Century.

Now it is a modern and busy centre frequented by travellers from all over the world. It is popular as it's a completely walled city and the only of its kind in the United Kingdom.

With over 1450 years of history to draw upon this city has you marvelling at how it survived the Siege of Derry and the Famine, WWI and the Easter Rising, Bloody Sunday and the Civil Rights Marches. From this damaging and bloody past a vibrant and joyful city has risen and occasions are marked by festivals and other events throughout the year that attract tourism and business alike.

Take the Heritage trail and find Cathedrals and Churches, villages, murals and monuments that will reveal parts of this rich tapestry including the landing of Amelia Earhart as she flew solo in 1932!

The county offers lush countryside and superb beaches so walking and bird and wildlife spotting is easy especially near Springwell or Ness Wood Country Park.

Beech Hill Country House is worth exploring too. It's where the Clintons stayed on visits to the country and is set in over 30 acres of stunning nature just outside the city! A perfect spot for afternoon tea.

Attractions in this city and area include:

  • Riverwatch
  • Workhouse Museum
  • Prehen House
  • Hezlett House
  • Tower Museum
  • Harbour Museum
  • Apprentice Boy's Memorial Hall
  • St Columbs Cathedral
  • Guildhall
  • Wall murals of Bogside
  • Brook Hall
  • Mussenden Temple


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