Newcastle (Down)County Down, Northern Ireland on the coast of the Irish Sea. It can get very busy and congested in the summer, but the promenade along the sea front is modern and well designed. The beach is not very sandy in places, but the beach at Murlough, just along the coast, is very good. There are plenty of pubs and cafes, as well as amusement arcades.
By CarFrom Belfast head south on the A24 until you reach the village of Clough. From there, continue south along the A2.
From Dublin take the M1 to Newry, take the B8 (signs for Hilltown) then continue along the A25 towards Castlewellan. When you reach Castlewellan, take the A50 to Newcastle.
The town can be very congested with traffic at holiday periods and during the summer months. There are car parks behind the main street.
By BusThere are no train services to Newcastle so the best way to get there is by bus.
Ulsterbus runs a service from Belfast Europa Bus Centre to Newcastle Bus Station every 30-60 minutes and takes around 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.
Buses run from Dublin city centre and Dublin airport hourly and take around 3 to 3 and a half hours. Services are run by Bus Eireann and Ulsterbus
There are also regular services to nearby towns such as Castlewellan, Ardglass and Downpatrick. The bus station is 2 minutes walk from the town centre.
By AirThe most convenient airport to Newcastle is Belfast City Airport, around 1 hour's drive away. Belfast International Airport is around 1 hour 20 minute's drive away and Dublin Airport is around 2 hours away by car.
The town is small enough to walk around easily.
Newcastle HarbourAt the south end of the town and an easy walk from the town centre. Facilities for toilets, waste disposal and tie-up for boats.
Murlough Nature ReserveNational Trust managed sand dune system
phone: +44 28 4372-3314address: Golf Links Road, NewcastleWorld famous links golf course. Close by the Slieve Donard Hotel.
Mountain BikingThere are a variety of tracks in nearby the forest parks of Tollymore and Castlewellan (which has a newly completed course), as well as the Mourne Mountains which are easily accessible from Donard Park.
Rock ClimbingNewcastle is a ideal base for exploring the rock climbing and mountaineering opportunities in the Mourne Mountains
Newcastle has many different shops and stores
In TownNewcastle has a range of restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets, particularly along the main street. Most pubs also serve food.
Cafe Cremephone: +44 28 4372-6589address: 139 Main Street, NewcastleGreat little cafe. So good it's always busy.
Close to townThere are other eating places close to the town, including:
phone: +44 28 4372-2236address: Maghera VillageFood, drink, music! Welcoming atmosphere.
There is a wide range of pubs, most of which also serve food. A number also have entertainment and music sessions.
phone: +44 28 4372-6400address: 62-64 Main Street, NewcastleDrink, food and music
There is a range of accommodation including hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts and caravan sites.
phone: +44 28 4372-1066address: Downs Road, NewcastleThe pre-eminent hotel in Newcastle and one of the best in Northern Ireland. Includes a spa and conference centre. Close by the Royal County Down Golf Club.
phone: +44 28 4372-2599address: 51 Castlewellan Road, NewcastleGood 4-star hotel with 68 bedrooms and spa and conference facilities. Some distance from the town centre on the road towards Castlewellan.
phone: +44 28 4372253address: 93-97 Central Promenade, NewcastleFamily run 16-bedroom licensed hotel. Walking groups and ramblers can get special discounts.