Great Waterford Beaches for Families

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

October 20, 2014

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We have some fantastic beaches in County Waterford so here are some of our favourite beaches to take the family off to for a day of paddling, splashing, sandcastle building and general fun, whatever the weather!

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Woodstown beach runs for miles along the Western shore of Waterford. It is a great place for swimming when the tide is in, making it the perfect day trip for families when the weather is nice. It is also popular for long walks, picnics and it is rich in sea shells, which are great for the kids to collect or to use for decorating sand castles. Parking is also available.

Dunmore East

Dunmore East Beach has half a dozen sheltered and picturesque coves. The main beach, Councillors Strand is great for swimming and snorkelling. The beach is divided into two by a rocky area. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards and its facilities include public toilets and a carpark.

Tramore Beach

Tramore Beach

Tramore Beach is a five kilometre long beach with beautiful views out across Tramore Bay. The beach has received the International Blue Flag award for 2019. This is sandy beach is very safe for swimming as it is shallow for distance especially when the tide is in. Tramore is also the safest beach for surfing beginners. Surf lessons and equipment are available locally. Sailing lessons and sea kayaking are also available. A wander down the sand dunes is a must!

The Guillamene Cove

The Guillamene is located on the west side of Tramore bay in sunny south-east of Ireland.  There are two sets of steps leading down into the water and a few jump-off spots. The water here is deep when the tide is in and lovely and clear. It is a beautiful location with views of the main beach, across the bay, out to sea and the Metalman. Children would need to be supervised. There is a small changing area, as well as a large car park and toilets. There is also some seats and picnic tables.

Ballyscanlon Lake

Located 6.5km west of Tramore on the road to Dungarvan. This is a quiet and peaceful freshwater lake near a wood – adult supervision required if the kids want to swim. Facilities include a car park, picnic site, forest and lakeside walks.

Copper Coast

The beautiful Copper Coast is a UNESCO Global Geopark, and has a range of brilliant beaches perfect for families.

  • Kilfarrasy
  • Annestown
  • Boatstrand
  • Blue Flag
  • Bonmahon
  • Stradbally

Clonea Strand

Clonea Strand is a beautiful beach located about 5km outside of Dungarvan. and has lifeguard services. The beach has received the International Blue Flag award for 2019. It is long and sandy with great views and lovely walks. Life guards are present throughout the summer months, so it’s safe for swimming. There are toilets at both ends and a cold shower at the main entrance.


Located near the village centre, Ardmore beach is a mile long and is popular with families because of its safe bathing waters. There are 2 Green Flag beaches nearby also, at Ballyquin & Goat Island. Activities available here include kayaking, canoeing, stand up sea paddling or even rock climbing.

You might also enjoy reading Top 10 Things to do with Kids in Waterford

Have you got a favourite beach in Waterford? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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Published On: October 20th, 2014 / Categories: Ireland / Last Updated: February 25th, 2023 / Tags: , , , , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily Manning
Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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