This beautiful seaside town situated on Northern Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast dates back to around the 12th or 13th century and records show that the area was occupied as far back as the late Mesolithic period.
From around the middle of the 1600s, Portrush became, like many other coastal towns and villages a fishing town and it wasn’t until the late 1800s that tourism put Portrush firmly on the map. It is now one of the most popular resorts in Northern Ireland for tourists who wish to soak up the history of the place and enjoy some of the many attractions that Portrush has to offer.
Places to visit
Unless you’ve been in hibernation for the past few years you can’t have failed to notice what a phenomenon the TV series Game of Thrones has become. Northern Ireland is one of the locations used for filming with the region’s historic castles and stunningly beautiful scenery being used as a backdrop for the fantasy series. We can’t guarantee that you’ll encounter any dragons or White walkers but the beech tree-lined road known as the Dark Hedges of Armoy at Stanocum, and called the Kings Road in the programme, is sure to fire your imagination. The magnificent Towers of the Stangford Castle Ward Estate is the location otherwise known as Winterfell.
Elsewhere, Portrush East Strand beach is a long, sandy stretch popular with surfers and dog walkers and if surfing’s your thing the Portrush Surf School has knowledgeable, expert tutors to show you the ropes.
For those who prefer a more sedate yet challenging experience, the Royal Portrush Golf Club on Dunluce Road offers an 18-hole Championship course for the discerning golfer.
Families will love to spend a day or two at Barry’s Amusement Park or Waterworld whilst wildlife watchers will adore a Causeway Sea Tour or Fishing Charter for a relaxing day’s seal and bird watching. To truly appreciate the beauty of Northern Ireland’s dramatic coastline you have to visit the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and get a sense of the legends and history of the area.
Northern Ireland is not lacking in sporting venues and events and one of the most dramatic, attracting thousands of spectators annually, is the NW200 3-day motorcycle racing event held in May every year.
The annual Portrush Raft Race is a little more sedate but no less exciting and entertaining to watch. This family fun weekend is held in aid of the RNLI and will be on the last weekend of May in 2018.
Food and Drink
Portrush is blessed with many excellent bars and restaurants offering everything from fine cuisine to more relaxed casual dining. Portrush attracts many weekenders and for a great craic and lots of fun the beer festival which is held in the Town Hall in October promises artisan beers, great food and good music over a 3 day weekend.
Whatever you plan to do on your visit to Portrush you can be sure of a warm welcome in the many restaurants, cafés, bars and takeaway establishments that this delightful town has to offer.
Our lovely seaside town offers so many attractions and activities for your Northern Ireland holiday. See famous local sights such as the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a- Rede rope bridge. Both provide amazing views of the dramatic cliffs and coastline, and offer a bit of the area’s history, folk tales and legends. There is lots to do and see in Portrush and out locations puts us right in the center of all of it!
HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones has filmed a lot of their scenes at The Dark Hedges- a spectacular sight and one of the most photographed phenomena in Northern Ireland is just a short drive away from the Portrush Atlantic Hotel.
It’s no secret that the Irish enjoy a round of golf now and again, so be sure to bring along your clubs and take a tour of our local golf course gems. Speaking of tours, one of the finest available is of the Old Bushmills Distillery where one of Ireland’s finest whiskeys is produced. See all this and more when you stay with us.
Causeway Foodie Tours.
The Portrush Atlantic Hotel has teamed up with Causeway Foodie Tours to offer a full causeway experience.
Enjoy a nights Bed and Breakfast with us at Portrush Atlantic Hotel then set off on an enjoyable, interesting and exciting foodie adventure.
Whether you are a foodie or not- this package will give you exclusive tasting sessions and behind the scenes access that aren’t just for the culinary obsessives. With each trip offering insight to a small number of hand-picked artisan producers and chefs, introducing you to the unique food experiences of the Causeway Coast.
Why not finish the day off with a delicious fresh cooked meal in our Port Kitchen & Bar, with an extensive menu of beautiful local produce.
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