Sunset at Portstewart Strand
20 May 2021

A guide to living in Portstewart


From a leisurely walk on the Promenade to surfing the waves at The Strand, there are plenty of things to see and do in Portstewart. have created a guide to living in this County Derry/Londonderry town, including the top eateries, local attractions and more!

A guide to Portstewart

A visit to the scenic Causeway Coast is not complete without a trip to the seaside town of Portstewart.

Only an hour away from Belfast and just over 5 miles from Coleraine, Portstewart offers a tranquil haven from the bustle of the surrounding cities. With golden sandy beaches, idyllic coastal walks and a popular Promenade, this seaside town attracts visitors from far and wide who adapt the relaxed and easy going atmosphere of the town.

The Portstewart Promenade is a collection of top eateries, shops and cafes that cater for a range of tastes and palettes. A stroll up the Promenade offers some spectacular ocean views and makes for the perfect ice cream stop on a sunny summer day.

Sport fanatics and outdoor lovers flock to Portstewart Strand where you can surf the waves or paddle board in its pristine waters. If you are searching for a more leisurely past time, why not explore the sand dunes and walk the 2 miles of golden sands.

From hitting a hole-in-one on the championship course at Portstewart Golf Club to enjoying some local fish and chips on the beach, there are plenty of things to do in Portstewart.

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Who is Portstewart ideal for?

Many apartment developments have been constructed in this County Derry / Londonderry town over the last number of years, offering seaside living in a highly sought-after area.

Located only 5 miles from Coleraine, this seaside town offers an idyllic place for working commuters to reside.

An array of schools are peppered throughout the area and, when coupled with the beautiful outdoors area, makes for the perfect spot for growing families.

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Where to eat in Portstewart?

  • The Anchor Bar Complex: Established in 1898, the award winning Anchor Bar has retained its original charm and character with a Victorian fireplace emphasising the homely aesthetic. The extensive menu reflects the cosy atmosphere with homemade dishes made from local succulent ingredients.
  • Amici Ristorante: Resting on the water edge beside the Old Golf Course, Amici Ristorante offers authentic Italian food with stunning sea vistas. Their menu offers a broad selection of Italian dishes including authentic Neapolitan pizzas.
  • Harry’s Shack: A little beach shack on the sand that has become a big hit with both tourists and locals. Harry’s Shack serves the best of local fish and home-grown vegetables and customers can enjoy their fresh meals overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Cromore Restaurant: The Cromore Restaurant in Portstewart provides customers with a relaxed dining experience and top class service. Open for both lunch and evening meals, the fully licensed restaurant aims to use fresh local produce from the North Coast when in season.
  • Coffee Culture: Coffee Culture is the perfect place to unwind after a day of shopping or a brisk walk along the Promenade. Offering homemade desserts, delightful tray bakes and a selection of hot drinks, it make the ideal pit stop to refuel or relax.
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What to do in Portstewart?

  • Portstewart Strand: Portstewart Strand has welcomed both locals and tourists to its 2 mile long stretch of golden sands. Known locally as ‘The Strand’, this beach holds the prestigious Blue Flag Award for the management, cleanliness and quality of water. Pristine water is perfect for sport fanatics while families can enjoy picturesque walks through the sand dunes.
  • Portstewart Golf Club: Located on Northern Ireland’s magnificent Causeway Coast, Portstewart Golf Club is home to three fine true links golf courses. The mighty Championship Strand Course was home to the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and is undoubtedly the jewel in Portstewart’s crown for game quality and scenery. With the Atlantic Ocean providing the backdrop, it is a breath-taking place for a game of golf.
  • Flowerfield Arts Centre: Nestled on the stunning Causeway Coast is Flowerfield Arts Centre, Northern Ireland’s very first Arts Centre. This Georgian style building houses contemporary art exhibitions, a packed creative learning programme, and great music. There is also a café / reception / craft shop and a purpose-built 105-seater auditorium. The facilities enable the centre to offers classes in traditional arts and crafts such as pottery, painting, creative writing, digital photography, web design and more.
  • Portstewart Promenade: A walk along Portstewart Promenade offers spectacular views across the North Atlantic Ocean and beyond. Top restaurants and cafes lines the Promenade, offering a quick pick-me-up, refreshing beverage or evening meal with spectacular sea vistas. No trip to Portstewart is complete without a stroll along the promenade.
  • North West 200 Motorcycle Race:  North West 200 Motorcycle Race is the larest annual sporting event in Northern Ireland, attracting up to 100,000 every year. The route encompasses Portstewart, Portrush and Coleraine. You can even see the starting grid painted on the main road at Portstewart’s eastern edge.
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Schools in Portstewart

  • Dominican College: Dominican College is a grammar school in Portstewart that enjoys a wonderful location with beautiful views across the Strand, the sea and the town. The school prides themselves on the inclusive community felt within its halls and a significant number of students are drawn from different denominations and a wide geographical area.
  • Portstewart Primary School: Portstewart Primary School is located in Central Avenue which is close to the town centre. This school welcomes children from the ages of 4 to 11 years old. A range of after school clubs are on offer including football, radio club and judo.
  • St Colum’s Primary School: Located on the Lever Road, St Colum’s Primary School is “committed to serving the community of Portstewart by providing an education based on the Gospel values of love, truth and freedom.” Pupils are able to participate in a range of after school activities such as arts & crafts, choir and hurling.
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