Planning a trip to the Down coast and looking for where the nearest Down beach is, our UK beach lists and beach search will help you discover the nearest beach to me. Then for each Down beach, we will answer questions around location, rural or town, sandy or pebble, rockpools, tide times, weather forecast, dog restrictions, bathing water quality, closest beach cafes and provide general information on the beach, its facilities and the surrounding area.
When on a beach page use our tools to expand your search to nearby seaside villages, towns and the surrounding Down coast for things to see and do or places to eat.
Have a dog? Finding a dog-friendly beach can be hard work and our dog-friendly beach lists will help direct you to the best locations allowing dogs.
Finding the best beach in Down is easy – explore the beach links below, to find the closest beach just hit the “Find Near Me” button or use the search bar to plan where your next Down beach visit should be.
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Find Down Dog Friendly Beaches
Heading to the Down coast with your dog and not sure if they are allowed on any beaches?
This Down list of dog friendly beaches will help in planning your next trip to the beach, beaches for dogs near Down
Our Down dog friendly beach list currently has 4 Down beaches listed where dogs are allowed with 4 beaches that have some dog restrictions, and there are no beaches on which a full dog ban is in operation.
Down Beaches allowing dogs
This list shows 4 Down beaches with no dog restrictions and can be used all year.
- Kilkeel Beach, Kilkeel
- Millisle Lagoon Beach, Ards Peninsula
- Ballyhalbert Beach, Ards Peninsula
- Ballywalter Beach, Ards Peninsula
Note, although dogs are allowed you are expected to keep control of your dog, clean-up after them and some beaches may require you to keep them on a lead. Please check local information sites for any restrictions.
Down Beaches that have dog restrictions
This list shows 4 Down beaches allowing dogs but with some restrictions. These restrictions could be a time of day, restricted zones, dogs to be kept on a lead or only allowed out of season. Check our beach information page for details of the restrictions in place.
- Tyrella Beach, Downpatrick
- Helens Bay Beach, Bangor
- Newcastle Beach, Newcastle
- Murlough Beach, Newcastle
Down Beaches that do not allow dogs
We have no Down beaches recorded that do not allow dogs at any time.
Down Beaches that we have NO dog restriction information
This list shows 7 Down beaches where we have no information on dog restrictions.
- Groomsport Beach, Bangor
- Ballyholme Bay Beach, Bangor
- Warrenpoint Beach, Warrenpoint
- Crawfordsburn Beach, Bangor
- Rossglass Beach, Downpatrick
- Cloughey Bay Beach, Ards Peninsula
- Cranfield Beach, Kilkeel
If a Down beach is not listed above then we have no information and you will have to check local beach information boards.
Note that we try to keep this dog beach information up to date but restrictions are set by local councils and occasionally we may miss a change.