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Courtown Beach - County Wexford

© P L Chadwick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The award-winning beach here, known as Coldingham Sands can get quite busy during July and August and it's easy to see why. A lovely crescent of golden sand flanked by rocky outcrops which provide some degree of shelter from the rough waters of the North Sea. Coldingham is popular for swimming, surfing and bodyboarding.

Courtown is part of a long, sandy stretch of the Wexford coastline on the east coast of Ireland. The northern end of the beach is popular for swimming and other water sports. It has lifeguard cover in the summer months. (An information board shows the times when the lifeguard is in attendance)

There are attractive wooded areas alongside the beach, ideal for picnics and walks. The quieter, southern section of the beach is not suitable for swimming, but is an excellent place to come for a bit of peace and quiet.

The village of Courtown developed around the small harbour that was built on the orders of Lord Courtown during the Irish Famine. Today it is a popular tourist hotspot, attracting many visitors from Dublin, who have been flocking here since the Dublin-Gorey railway line was built in the mid-19th century.
The railway station at Gorey is about 7 kilometres away. There is also a bus once a day between Gorey and Courtown, except on Sundays.

There is plenty of holiday accommodation and alongside the beach; attractions include crazy golf, bowling, an amusement park, and a golf course. There are also plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants to cater for the tourists. Roadside parking can be found adjacent to the beach.

A volunteer-run seal sanctuary operates in the area, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating seal pups from around the Irish coast. It operates seven days a week and is open to visitors during the summer months.

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

Yes

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs required to be on a leash and dog fouling removed.

County Wexford dog friendly beaches »

Activities

  • Swimming/bathing

Facilities

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop

Nearest town

Gorey

Postcode

OS grid ref.

Awards

Blue Flag Award