The Beach Guide

Ballyholme Beach

Ballyholme Beach - County Down

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Ballyholme is a sandy beach in a crescent-shaped bay in an eastern suburb of the town of Bangor. The strand stretches for slightly over one kilometer, and is interspersed by a number of wooden groynes.

For most of its length, Ballyholme beach is backed by a sea wall, with a walking promenade above it. The beach and promenade offer excellent views of the surrounding hilly coastline and the town of Bangor. This is especially the case at night when the lights of the city reflect beautifully on the water. Sailing is a popular pastime here, with the Ballyholme Yacht Club located at the western end of the beach.

A car park can be found at the end of Bank Lane at the eastern end of the beach, as well as public toilets and a small children’s play area. The beach can be accessed down a short ramp. Safety information about bathing is signposted on the beach between June and September.

The centre of Bangor is about 1 kilometre west of the beach and offers many facilities to visitors as would be expected in a large town, including a train station with frequent services to Belfast.

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Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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    OS grid ref.

    NW 6526 3623

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