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Newcastle (Down)

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Newcastle (Down)

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Newcastle (population 7500) is a seaside resort town in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is also a great start point for hiking in the Mourne Mountains.

Get in[edit]

By Car[edit]

From Belfast head south on the A24 until you reach the village of Clough. From there, continue south along the A2. From Dublin take the M1 to Newry, take the B8 (signs for Hilltown) then continue along the A25 towards Castlewellan. When you reach Castlewellan, take the A50 to Newcastle.

By Bus[edit]

There are no train services to Newcastle so the best way to get there is by bus. Ulsterbus[2] runs a service from Belfast Europa Bus Centre to Newcastle Bus Station every 30-60 minutes and takes around 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.

Buses run from Dublin city centre and Dublin airport hourly and take around 3 to 3 and a half hours. Services are run by Bus Eireann[3] and Ulsterbus[4]

By Air[edit]

The most convenient airport to Newcastle is Belfast City Airport, around 1 hour's drive away. Belfast International Airport is around 1 hour 20 minute's drive away and Dublin Airport is around 2 hours away by car.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Newcastle Harbour.
  • Mourne Mountains - the trailhead for Slieve Donard, at 853m the highest mountain in Northern Ireland and Ulster, is located just south of town towards Kilkeel. There is a car park with toilet facilities - "Bloody Bridge car park" - and the trailhead is just across the road.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Royal County Down golf course

Buy[edit][add listing]

Newcastle has many different shops and stores

Eat[edit][add listing]

Newcastle has a Mauds Cafe and many other cafés and fast food outlets along the seaside.

  • The Maghera Inn, Maghera Village (2 Miles north of Newcastle), 028 4372 2236, [1]. Food, drink, music! Welcoming atmosphere.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Newcastle Youth Hostel, 30 Downs Road, BT33 0AG 028 4372 2133, [5].

Get out[edit]

  • The Mountains of Mourne[6] are located south of the town.

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