Newcastle is a seaside town with a resident population of approx 7500 people. It has a wonderful seaside promenade and the town sits in the shadow of Northern Ireland’s highest mountain peak Slieve Donard (2796 ft.) You can virtually step off Newcastle’s sandy beach and on to the mountain slopes, or step off the same five-mile beach, on to Royal County Down Golf Course and its easier companion course.
The harbour is full of sailing boats, and the Shimna river full of salmon and trout. Enjoy the walk from one end of town to the other along its magnificent promenade, passing the Percy French memorial fountain (author of the famous 'Mountains of Mourne' song), and enjoy the smell of the sea and the beauty that surrounds you. The Tropicana on the seafront has outdoor fun pools and an adventure playground. Exhibitions and films are shown at the adjacent Newcastle Centre. The recreation grounds include a bowling green, children's boating pool, tennis and miniature golf, while beautiful Donard Park tempts you to walk by the cascading Glen River up into the heart of the mountains.