Crawfordsburn Beach

Crawfordsburn Beach - County Down
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Crawfordsburn is a pleasant, sandy beach, flanked by rocks and backed by Crawfordsburn Country Park, with views out across Belfast Lough towards Carrickfergus.

The beach is gently sloped and has excellent water quality, making bathing a popular pastime here. However, there is a safety warning sign that all visitors should take notice of before entering the water.

At low tide, there are many opportunities to explore rockpools in search of marine wildlife. The beach is not particularly wide, and the sand almost disappears at high tide. A pathway runs behind the beach, in front of the wooded country park. The Crawfordsburn Country Park offers plenty of wonderful opportunities for walking through the tranquil woods, and features a stunning waterfall.

There is free parking at the country park, as well as public toilets and a café. Further facilities, including a golf course, and a railway station with frequent services to Belfast, can be found in the nearby town of Helen’s Bay, and in Crawfordsburn village, about half a mile from the beach. For more extensive facilities, Bangor is just a few miles east of the beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


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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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • Shop

Nearest town


OS grid ref.

NW 6016 3660


Parking available in the country park though there is a charge.

Water quality

Water quality star rating

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