Newry Ship Canal

Fish in historic surroundings along the British Isles' first ever ship canal. The Canal opened for traffic in 1742 and only ceased operation in 1976. Business may be dead but the waters are alive. The fishable section, which runs for 3.5 miles from Newry to sea locks on the Omeath Road, has become an excellent coarse venue and hosted the World Coarse Angling Championships.

The sun filled summer months spur on algae, which improves roach and bream catches; while the colder waters of the winter months bring large pike to the canal. Anglers can also snare eels, perch and trout.

All legal fishing methods can be used but fishing from boats is not permitted.

A Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission licence is required.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

All year


Permit required for fishing

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newry Visitor Information Centre

Location / Directions

Access can be gained from the main Newry to Omeath Road (B79). Parking facilities at Victoria Lock.
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Contact Details

Omeath Road
c/o Newry Visitor Information Centre, Bagenal's Castle,
Castle Street
County Down
BT34 2BY

Tel: (028) 3031 3170
Alt: (028) 3031 3171