Donaghadee - Harbour & Lighthouse

Walking Route
Donaghadee is situated on the Ards Peninsula, approximately seven miles north east of Newtownards, on the Irish Sea coast.

The town boasts a long seagoing history, therefore it is not surprising that it still maintains a special relationship with the sea, proving very popular with water enthusiasts, anglers and those who simply like to be beside the seaside. There are a wide variety of cafes and restaurants and unique independent retailers.

From Donaghadee visitors can enjoy spectacular views across the Irish Sea, where on a clear day you can see all the way to Scotland, only 20 miles away by sea. It was the province’s principle port before Belfast developed. The Harbour was built in 1820's to the design of John Rennie and is part built of limestone from Wales known as "Anglesea marble". On the harbour is Donaghadee's impressive lighthouse, which was built in 1836 and was the first lighthouse in Ireland to be lit by electricity. Donaghadee Lighthouse is not open to the public.

Donaghadee is the home of the famous lifeboat station which played such a important role in rescuing survivors of the MV Princess Victoria in 1953.

One of the most prominent features of the town is a large Motte or Rath, generally attributed to Norman invaders. The castellated stone building now on the summit of the moat was built in 1818 as an explosives store during the building of the new harbour.

Visitors can also enjoy scenic walks, including the marine walk at The Commons, a 16 acre semi-cultivated open space with bowls, tennis, putting and an adventure playground (seasonal opening). There is also an aire de service available which enables users to stop overnight. Tokens are available at The Commons or from Centra, Moat Street or Pier 36.

Further information on the town is also available at www.visitdonaghadee.com
NB. As we do not have exact location information, this is a map of the local area.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Bangor Visitor Information Centre
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Contact Details

Ards Visitor Information Centre
31 Regent Street
Newtownards
County Down
BT23 4AD

Website:
www.visitstrangfordlough.co.uk
Email:
tourism@ards-council.gov.uk
Tel: (028) 9182 6846
Fax: (028) 9182 6681