Tyrella Beach in Northern Ireland, part of Dundrum Bay, is definitely worth a visit. With the backdrop of the Mourne mountains, this beach is incredibly picturesque.
We visited at lunch time and the tide was right out giving over 2km of wide sand and rock pools to explore.
The blue flag beach often has a lifeguard on duty and the sea is calm and gently shelving making it an ideal place to take children.
There are two rivers entering the sea so if you are thinking about visiting then it would be good to note that for 2 days after heavy rainfall, it is better to stay out of the sea to reduce health risks.
We weren’t quite brave enough to go in the water though as it was a pretty cold overcast day when we visited so we opted instead to explore the sand dunes backing the beach. The sand dunes are mature and have plenty of pretty wildlife and winding paths to explore.
Tyrella beach has a car park with a short walk down to the beach. There are public toilets in the car park and when we visited there was an ice cream van and a drinks van on the sand near to the entrance from the car park.
It cost us £4 to park at Tyrella beach. It was fine to pay by card.
Tyrella beach with an autistic child?
Beaches are great for sensory seekers with more sand and water than you could ever need.
Close supervision would be needed, especially so for children who wander or run. There is the obvious water danger but also the dunes are full of small paths and it would be easy for a child to get lost.
There are toilets in the car park.
There is disabled parking but the only thing that makes these spaces any different is they are near to the toilets. They are in fact further from the beach than some of the other car parking spaces but if you had a wheelchair, it would be easier to push it round onto the road to get down to the beach from these spaces.
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