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Coordinates: 55°12′29″N 6°39′21″W / 55.208116329606995°N 6.6557836532593°W / 55.208116329606995; -6.655783653259277

Irish: Port Rois
Portrush is located in Northern Ireland

 Portrush shown within Northern Ireland
Population 6,372 (2001)
Irish grid reference C855409
    - Belfast  60 miles 
District Coleraine Borough
County County Antrim
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PORTRUSH
Postcode district BT56
Dialling code 028, +44 28
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament East Londonderry
List of places: UK • Northern Ireland • Antrim

Portrush (from the Irish: Port Rois meaning "promontory port") is a seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on the County Londonderry border. The main part of the old town, including the railway station as well as most hotels, restaurants and bars, is built on a mile–long peninsula, Ramore Head, pointing north-northwest. It had a population of 6,372 people in the 2001 Census. In the off-season, Portrush is a dormitory town for the nearby campus of the University of Ulster at Coleraine. It neighbours the resort of Portstewart.

The town is well known for its three sandy beaches, the West Strand, East Strand and White Rocks, as well as the Royal Portrush Golf Club, the only golf club outside of Great Britain which has hosted the Open Championship.

It was the base for the Katie Hannan (this life boat was damaged in 2008, after running aground during a rescue at Rathlin Island, Now based as a training boat for the RNLI), a Severn class lifeboat and Ken and Mary, a D–class inshore lifeboat of the RNLI. Lifeboats have operated out of Portrush Harbour since 1860.

Portrush is in the East Londonderry constituency for the UK Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.




The Troubles

Incidents in Portrush during the Troubles resulting in two or more fatalities:



Portrush is classified as a Small Town by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)[1] (i.e. with population between 4,500 and 10,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 6,372 people living in Portrush. Of these:

  • 20.8% were aged under 16 years and 23.1% were aged 60 and over
  • 46.2% of the population were male and 53.8% were female
  • 23.6% were from a Catholic background and 70.6% were from a Protestant background.
  • 5.1% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.

For more details see: Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service.[2]

Places of interest

Sunset from the Promenade.
  • Attractions in the town include Portrush Countryside Centre "The coastal zone";[3] the Dunluce Centre[4] and Waterworld swimming complex. Also on the edge of town are the links of the Royal Portrush Golf Club, which hosted the 1951 British Open golf championship, and Ballyreagh Golf Course. At the 1951 British Open golf championship young starlet Derek McLachlan won the hearts of the local crowd, the young man led on the third day by 3 strokes, only to drive out of bounds twice on the last day and finish tied for 8th place.
  • There are two long sandy beaches in the town, known as the West and East Strand. White Rocks and Curran Strand stretch on from the East Strand and are backed by dunes. The coast continues past Dunluce Castle to the Giant's Causeway (it was once possible to travel to these attractions from Portrush on the Giant's Causeway Tramway).
  • The White House department store is a well known icon for many visitors. It has been on site for over one hundred and twenty years.
  • Portrush is home to one of Northern Ireland's best known nightclubs. The Kelly's complex consists of a multitude of bars and clubs and is Northern Ireland's largest nightclub complex. It includes the nightclub Lush! which attracts many of the world's top DJs and hosts BBC Radio 1 events.
  • Portrush is also home to Barry's Amusements, the largest amusement park in Northern Ireland. Actor James Nesbitt once worked in Barry's.
  • The Skerries, a collection of rocks located just off the coast, are an important habitat for several species, some unique to Northern Ireland.


  • Portrush hosts an annual air show at the beginning of September.[5]
  • The RNLI raft race is a popular annual event. This is a popular competition where contestants must build a raft that can travel from the West Strand beach into Portrush Harbour. The contest has been featured on Northern Ireland news broadcasts on several years. The event is a great credit to the RNLI's popularity in the area.[6]
  • The annual "Beach Party" attracts headline acts; the first, held in 2006 was headlined by Fatboy Slim[7]. 2007 saw Basement Jaxx and The Happy Mondays. 2008 was headlined by The Chemical Brothers. The Beach Party is not occurring in 2009, and it is yet to be seen whether it will return to Portrush.[8].
  • The North West 200 is a motorcycle race which runs through Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush every May, a long-running tourist attraction which has attracted crowds in excess of 150,000 in past years.[9] The late brothers Joey Dunlop and Robert Dunlop have been regular winners at the races: they hold the record for most wins, with thirteen and fifteen respectively.
A panorama of Portrush



  • Portrush Hockey Club
  • The Northern Ireland Milk Cup uses Parker Avenue in Portrush as one of the pitches for the tournament, and many teams stay within the town itself.
  • All three of Portrush's beaches are frequently used by watersports enthusiasts, in particular surfers and bodyboarders
  • Coleraine council maintain tennis courts, bowling greens and a playground at Ramore Head.
  • Fishing is popular from shoreside or at sea, with Causeway Lass fishing boat available for hire at the Harbour.


  • Portrush railway station was opened on 4 December 1855 and closed for goods traffic on 20 September 1954. The station is the last stop on the Coleraine-Portrush line, where travellers can connect with trains to Derry, Belfast and beyond.[10]
  • Translink run a regular bus and train service to and from Portrush.

See also


  1. ^ "Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency website".  
  2. ^ Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service website.
  3. ^ "The Portrush Countryside Centre website".  
  4. ^ "Dunluce Centre website".  
  5. ^ "Northern Ireland International Air Show website".  
  6. ^ "Portrush Royal National Lifeboat Institution website". http://www.portrushrnli/.  
  7. ^ "Fatboy Slim hosts NI beach party". BBC News. 2006-03-06. Retrieved 2008-06-24.  
  8. ^ "Portrush Beach Party Back On". The Big List. Retrieved 2008-06-24.  
  9. ^ BBC News
  10. ^ "Portrush station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-08-28.  

External links

  • Visit Portrush - Local guide to Portrush, featuring info on accommodation, activities, places to eat, services and travel.
  • Landscapes Unlocked - Aerial footage from the BBC Sky High series explaining the physical, social and economic geography of Northern Ireland.

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Portrush is a resort town, with a small harbor, on the north coast of Northern Ireland. It's a good place to stay for a visit to the Giant's Causeway.

Get in

You have three options: get in by train, bus, or car. To plan your train or bus trip, use translink (

Get around

Use your own two feet! If you don't have a car, plan to do a lot of walking and riding the bus. Both can work fine, even in the off season. If you do plan to walk pack sturdy, comfortable shoes--waterproof if possible.


In Portrush take a walk along the beach and see the beautiful Northern Ireland coast. You can walk east or west. If you walk east, you'll eventually get to White Rocks beach, and beyond that is Dunluce Castle and Giant's Causeway. Without kids, you can walk Portrush-->Dunluce Castle-->Portballintrae-->Giant's Causeway, and take the bus back from Giant's Causeway-->Portrush in one day (leaving around 11 am and return around 7 pm).

  • Go to East strand Beach this links onto the White Rocks Beach and can be great on a stormy day when the sea is rough and its a beautiful walk in any weather.
  • Royal Portrush Golf Club is one of the best link golf courses in the world.
  • Day trip to Rathlin Island and Ballycastle. Take the bus or drive to Ballycastle to catch the morning ferry (schedules: Return on the afternoon ferry, and explore the town of Ballycastle. If you are interested in a guide for your trip to Rathlin Island, consider Paul Quinn ( Paul was very knowledgeable about the history of the island and was an exceptional guide. Highly recommended.


The set of harbour restaurants, the Ramore Wine Bar, Coast Pizza, and the Harbour Bar, are worth a try. Expect to wait because they are very popular.

Eat at Mr. Chips. There is a Mr. Chips take-out and a sit down, both on Eglinton St. A fish and chips meal recently cost £5.

Uncle Saam's (at 35 Eglinton St) is a simple restaurant with decent food. For example, a cheeseburger with chips will cost around £5.


Enjoy a pint at The Quays, also on Eglinton St.


Anvershiel House B&B is divine. Address: 16 Coleraine Rd, Portrush, NI. Phone: 028 7082 3861. Web: En suite room for two persons £55. Erna and Victor run a great establishment and provide a delicious breakfast!

There are at least two hotels, as well as many bed and breakfast guest houses.

  • Ramada Portrush, 73 Main St., tel: 0808 1000 783, [1].
  • Eglinton, 49 Eglinton St.
  • Aaranmore Lodge, [2].  edit
  • Aaranmore Lodge, 14 Coleraine Road portrush, 02870824640, [3]. Aaranmore is a NITB two star Guest accommodation in a prime location for easy access to the amenities of portrush and the tourist attractions of Ireland's North Coast. Parking . Internet Access.  edit
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

PORTRUSH, a seaport and the most popular seaside resort of Co. Antrim, Ireland; the terminus of a branch of the Northern Counties (Midland) railway. Pop. (1901), 1941. It is very picturesquely situated on the basaltic peninsula of Ramore Head, with a deep bay on either side, and a harbour protected by the natural breakwater known as the Skerries. A fine hotel, owned by the railway company, and an excellent golf course are the chief features, together with a town-hall with public reading room, and the place is much frequented for golf and sea-bathing. It is also the centre for visitors to the Giants' Causeway, with which it is connected by an electric railway. Dunluce Castle, between Portrush and Bushmills, stands on a rock separated from the mainland by a chasm which is spanned by a bridge. The ruins, which are extensive, are of unknown date. Portrush has a thriving trade in salmon. It is governed by an urban district council.

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