Antrim is a town in County Antrim, sitting in a truly stunning position on the banks of Six Mile Water River and the shores of the largest lake in the UK, Lough Neagh. There has been a settlement on this particular spot for more than 1,500 years, a fact which is reflected in the narrow, 18th century streets of the town centre itself and by the presence of a number of historically important buildings.
The fact that Antrim is only 18 miles west of Belfast city centre, however, means that there’s much more to it than simply an enjoyment of rural solitude and a quieter pace of life. A base such as a three star hotel in Antrim will allow you to enjoy everything which Belfast has to offer, in terms of culture, nightlife and commerce, while still being able to return to accommodation which is tucked away amid a degree of tranquillity and seclusion.
Accommodation in Antrim
The centre of Antrim itself is a fairly bustling place, packed with not only the aforementioned historical buildings, but also a wide selection of shops, running from local independent traders to larger, well-known high street names. As befits a town which is ideally located for an exploration of the wider Ireland beyond its borders, Antrim attracts many visitors from around the world. Seeking somewhere to stay, you can choose between budget bed and breakfasts, luxurious country lodges and backpacker hostels offering a basic but comfortable bed for the night.
3 Star Hotels in Antrim
A three star hotel in Antrim will offer the best of all worlds – clean, comfortable and luxurious enough to allow you to enjoy your stay, but affordable enough to leave plenty of money left over to spend on everything which Antrim and County Antrim has to offer. Whether you travel further afield to explore the fabled nightlife of Ireland or sample what Antrim itself has to offer, you’ll be grateful for the convenience of a town centre three star hotel to return to at the end of a lively night out.
Nightlife in Antrim
Although the bright lights of Belfast are just a short drive away, the centre of Antrim itself offers its own selection of places in which to enjoy a night out. Both the Antrim Park Pub Restaurant on Ballymena Road and the Back Shed on Bridge Street combine a warm menu and family-friendly ethos with the chance to enjoy some simple but satisfying pub grub. Maddens Bar and Grill on the High Street offers the same amid a friendly welcome and also provides live music and a DJ at the weekend and on several week nights.
An exploration of the town centre is bound to turn up several more traditional pubs, packed with the kind of local characters that Ireland seems to specialise in, and a three star hotel in the centre of town makes for the perfect base for just such an exploration.
Getting to Antrim
Two major airports, George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International are less than 30 minutes’ drive away from Antrim, with the latter being only five miles distant. This ease of access, combined with the proximity of both rural Ireland and the bright lights of Belfast, make Antrim worth visiting from anywhere in the world at any time of the year.