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Health & Leisure

From relaxing in the luxurious Slieve Donard Resort and Spa to getting in shape in Down Leisure Centre. Down District has plenty to choose from to help you unwind, rejuvenate yourself and of course have fun!


Down Leisure Centre

114 Market Street
Downpatrick Co Down BT30 6LZ
T: 0 28 4461 3426
F: 0 28 4461 6905

Facilities: 25 x 10m main swimming pool, 8 x 10m children’s pool, poolside sauna/steam room.
Fully air conditioned fitness suite and squash/handball courts.
Centre Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 10:00 - 21:45
Saturday 10:00 - 17:15
Sunday 14:00 - 17:45
Fees: Please contact centre for activity charges.
Directions: On the main Newcastle Road, heading out of Downpatrick

For Swimming pool opening hours, please go to this page: Down Leisure Centre Facilities 

Ballynahinch Community Centre

55 Windmill Street
Ballynahinch Co Down BT24 8HB
T: 0 28 9756 1950
F: 0 28 9756 5606

Facilities: Play park, football pitch/all weather pitch, football training, aerobics, badminton, table tennis, karate club, workshops & facilities for birthday parties.
For any special events please contact the centre for further details.
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00 to 22:00,
Saturday 9:00 to 17:30,
Sunday 13:30 to 18:00
July/August Monday - Friday
9:00 to 18:00
Fees: Please contact the centre for further information.
Directions: Located in Ballynahinch centre on the Windmill Street. 

Bridge Centre - Killyleagh

Braeside Gardens
Killyleagh Co Down BT30 9QE
T: 0 28 4482 8648
F: 0 28 4482 8615

Facilities:  Multi-use main hall for indoor soccer, basketball, badminton, concerts etc., Fitness suite, Minor hall, changing facilities with showers and outdoor playground. For further information on special events please contact the Centre.

Opening Hours
October - May Monday - Friday 9:00 to 22:00
Saturday 09:30 to 17:30
Sunday 13:30 to 18:00

June – September Monday – Friday 9:00 to 17:00
Fees: Please contact the centre for further information.
Directions:  From the A22 Downpatrick to Killyleagh Road turn left at Citroen garage onto Frederick Street. Take the second road on the right into Braeside Gardens. 

Burrendale Hotel & Country Club

51 Castlewellan Road
Newcastle Co Down BT33 0JY
T: 028 4372 1304
F: 028 4372 2328

 The 4* Burrendale Hotel, Country Club and Spa facilities include 12 metre pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. The gym has the latest Cardio Vascular and Resistance training equipment. Restore mind, body and soul in blissful tranquillity at the Burrnedale Spa where we offer a wide range of treatments and pampering packages to infulge, nourish and refresh. The Burrendale Spa caters for all your beauty needs as we have a team of skilled hair stylists and nail technicians who will work with your ideas to create a stunning look for you, whatever your own personal style.

Opening Hours:
 Monday – Thursday 7.00am – 10.00pm Friday 7.00am – 9.00pm, Saturday 7.00am – 8.00pm, Sunday 8.00am – 7.00pm. Times may vary over holiday periods. No children after 6.30pm.

Please telephone 028 4372 1304 for complete tariff. Complimentary use of the Country Club facilities for residents
Located just outside Newcastle on the right, heading towards Castlewellan

Dan Rice Memorial Hall - Drumaness

Community Centre Drumaness
Ballynahinch Co Down BT24 8RL
T: 0 28 9756 1449
F: 0 28 9756 1449

Facilities: Snooker & billiards club, badminton, 5-a-side football, table tennis, Irish dancing classes, aerobics, netball, cricket, play park.
Opening Hours:
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9.00am – 10.00pm. Tuesday and Wednesday 3.00pm – 10.00pm. Saturday 12 noon – 5.30pm. Sunday 1.30pm – 6.00pm.

Fees: Please contact centre for further information.
Directions: From Seaforde on the A24 route to Belfast drive for 2 miles. Turn off to the right following the sign for Drumaness. Drive straight into the village. Dan Rice Hall is situated on the right hand side. 

Newcastle Centre

10-14 Central Promenade
Newcastle, Co Down, BT33 0AA
T: 0 28 4372 5034
F: 0 28 4372 2805

Facilities: Annesley health suite with full range of resistance and cardiovascular training machines. Sauna and steam room. Qualified fitness instructors are available to offer help and advice. A variety of rooms are available for hire. For full programme of activities and events throughout the year please contact the centre.
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00 - 22:00
Saturday 9:30 - 17:30
Sunday 14:00 - 18:00
Fees: Vary depending on activity.
Directions: Drive down Newcastle main street, cross over Shimna Bridge onto Central Promenade, and Newcastle Centre is the large white and blue building on the left-hand-side. 

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

Downs Road Newcastle
Co Down BT33 0AH
T: 0 28 4372 6166
F: 0 28 4372 1166
Facilities: Over two floors, the ground floor accommodates a luxury 20 metre swimming pool, vitality pool, fitness studio, juice bar, rock sauna and steam room. The first floor comprises of all treatment areas including relaxation suites and heat experiences.

Opening Hours: Please contact the Spa directly.
Fees: Please contact spa for currant tariffs.
Directions: Adjacent to Royal County Down Golf Course. 

Soak Seaweed Baths

5a South Promenade
Newcastle Co Down BT33 0EX
T: 0 28 4372 6002
F: 0 28 4372 6002

Facilities: Soak offers hot seawater and steamed seaweed baths as well as a range of holistic treatments. Each private room has an individual steam cabinet, a Victorian roll top bath and a fresh water shower.
Opening Hours: 
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 11.30am – 8.00pm. Tuesday & Wednesday Closed. Holidays & Summer Season: please check out our website or contact us directly for details.  
Price: Single Bath £25.00, Shared Single (2 people 1 bath) £35.00, Double Bath (2 People 2 baths) £45.00

Directions: Drive down Main Street and Central Promenade. Soak Seaweed bathhouse is situated on South Promenade, Newcastle. 


Downpatrick Visitor Information
The Saint Patrick Centre,
53a Market Street
Downpatrick, BT30 6LZ
T 0 28 4461 2233
F 0 28 4461 2350

Newcastle Visitor Information Centre
10-14 Central Promenade,
Newcastle, BT33 0AA
T 0 28 4372 2222
F 0 28 4372 2400