Groomsport Beach

Groomsport Beach

Groomsport Beach is approximately 0.5 km in length and comprised of sand interspersed with rocky outcrops, a smaller sandy cove and a further rocky outcrop.

The beach is backed by the residential part of Groomsport village. There is a harbour to the west of the bathing water with facilities such as a boathouse, children’s play park, paddling pool, car park and public toilets. This harbour area is popular as a centre for both shore-based recreation and water-based activities such as sailing and power boating. The wider catchment for this bathing area consists of improved grassland, arable farming and dense dwarf shrub heath. The bathing water is situated in the village of Groomsport and Bangor is less than 4 km to the west.

The main attraction for the visitor in Groomsport is Cockle Row, the old fishermen's thatched cottages that were officially opened in May 1997 after 4 months of complete refurbishment. The cottages have not lost their original charm with the heritage cottage depicting what Cockle Row would have been like around 1910.



Accessible parking
The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: disabled parking
Accessible toilets
The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: disabled toilets
Located close to the beach.
Family and Children
Play park and paddling pool is located close to the beach.
Located close to the beach.

Opening Hours

Open all year round.



No charge.


No charge.

Getting There

By Car

Bangor is 30 minutes drive from Belfast on the A2; Groomsport is located on the eastern side, 3miles from Bangor’s Town Centre.

By Public Transport

Buses and trains operate regularly from Belfast to Bangor Bus & Railway Station. The Bangor to Donaghadee Service 3 will go through Main Street, Groomsport.

By Bicycle

Groomsport Beach is easily accessible by bicycle or foot from Main Street, Groomsport.


Walk Trails

Linear, 16 miles

North Down Coastal Path. Relatively flat scenic coastline.

Linear, 2 miles

Ballymacormick Point. Rocky coastal path with some steep steps..

Canoeing Routes

Groomsport Harbour. On the East Coast Canoe Trail.

Other Activities

Horse Riding
Restricted usage.

Is available from Cockle Island Boat Club, located on the Harbour Road, Groomsport.


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