Donaghadee Lighthouse & Pier

Places to See | Co. Down, Northern Ireland.



Donaghadee is a small town in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies on the northeast coast of the Ards Peninsula, about 18 miles (29 km) east of Belfast and is a well-known historical site in Northern Ireland

The town boasts a number of pubs, including Pier36 which is located at the start of the Pier. Donaghadee is probably best known for its lighthouse and harbour. For centuries, it has been a haven for ships, and the harbour has been there from at least the 17th century. The harbour consists of two independent piers running north westwards out to sea; parallel nearer the shore, they converge at the outer ends to form a harbour mouth 150 feet (46 m) wide.

The lighthouse, which stands 16 metres tall, was built in 1836 and consists of cut limestone. It was the first lighthouse in Ireland to be lit by electricity.

Donaghadee is home to one of the RNLI Lifeboat stations, a voluntary organisation offering mariners rescue facilities 365 days a year. Today, Donaghadee is popular a popular place to visit in Co Down for its various sea food restaurants.

Address: Donaghadee, Co. Down Northern Ireland


One Response to Donaghadee Lighthouse & Pier

  1. Dear Sir/Madam
    This is possibly an unusual request for you. I am a painter and decorater and was a house recently and the lady who resides there informed me that when the house was painted last, the painter used white paint which is used for painting lighthouses. I was wondering where I could obtain the same type of paint.
    If it is no trouble could you please let me know, I would be very interested.
    I therefore look forward to hearing from you

    Billy Campbell October 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm Reply

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