Greystones Beach is a mix of pebble and sand and easily accessible from the railway station and car park. The beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season and more information can be found on the notice board located at the beach.
Dogs are allowed on beach, but must be on a lead and under strict supervision of the owner. Owners must clean up after their dogs. There are two public toilets at the beach and there is also a children’s playground adjacent to the park.
The South Beach in Greystones is about half a mile long. This follows on from the shingly North Beach at the harbour. There is also a fully accessible children’s playground situated adjacent to the beach. The beach has received the International Blue Flag award
Opening it’s doors in 2013 Greystones Harbour Marina has rapidly grown from 100 berths to now accommodating up to 250 boats. The marina is located at the heart of the spectacular new harbour development which has involved a massive reconstruction and modernisation of Greystones’ centuries old harbour.
The harbour is neighboured by beaches on either side with stunning views across Bray Head to the north, the Sugarloaf and Wicklow Mountains to the West and on a clear day when gazing across the Irish Sea to the east, the west coast of Wales can be spotted. The high quality of service, excellent facilities, and ease of access at Greystones Harbour Marina have all contributed to the roaring success of this new marina which has seen a year on year increase in occupancy of 100% and is now nearing full capacity during the summer months.
Visitors and berth holders benefit from all the necessary facilities such as water and shore power, toilet and shower facilities and fuelling facilities to be completed soon. There is also free Wifi available to everyone, local maps and guides, and the friendly and helpful marina staff are always on hand for advice and guidance.
The new harbour and marina are a great compliment to the many long standing watersport clubs in Greystones. The Greystones sailing club is the most prominent with over 350 active members, thriving dinghy and cruiser sections and the phenomenal new club house which have all lead to a boom period for the club over the last few years. Also in the harbour, there is an angling club, dive club, sea scouts and other water activities which are developing along with the marina.
An all-inclusive playground which caters for the needs of children of all abilities has been provided by Wicklow County Council in collaboration with the ‘Greystones South Beach Playground’ committee. T
The design of the playground equipment includes a musical play area, an ability swing, a sensory path, a toddler play area, a wheelchair-accessible sand factory, zip lines and a large activity set.This playground is designed for children to be together, play together and learn together.
Important to the playground committee and Wicklow County Council was that the design considered both visible and invisible disabilities and additional needs, autism spectrum, mobility issues, hearing and visually impairments children and motor coordination difficulties.
The playground doesn’t look like a ‘special needs’ playground, in fact, it doesn’t look different in any way, but inside, you’ll see a different picture.‘This means a see-saw that can accommodate groups of children sitting, standing or even lying down, so regardless of a child’s core or leg strength, all children can play together on this see-saw. The wheelchair swing is next to all the other swings, so regardless of abilities or age everybody is in the same area swinging together. The sandpit allows wheelchairs to be in the middle of all the fun, not on the outside looking in.’
The musical area is the first of its kind in Ireland. It consists of hand-crafted, pitch perfect, percussion instruments which will allow everyone from children to adults to express themselves and communicate together through the magic of music. The cosy cocoon can be a seat in a rocket ship, or a safe place where a child on the autism spectrum can rest their senses until they are ready to join their peers again.
Some of the playground’s highlights include the wheelchair swing, a sensory path and musical play area, toddler play areas, a wheelchair-accessible sand factory, a large activity set with climbing frames and tube slides, swings, ziplines, and a ball court complete with basketball hoops and a football goal.