The town of Antrim is the perfect place to stay if you want to experience a blend of everything which modern Ireland has to offer. The centre of the town itself, which has been the site of a settlement for over 1,500 years, is a blend of narrow historical streets, heritage buildings and modern amenities, while the area surrounding it offers examples of the best of the Irish landscape.
Countryside Around Antrim
Antrim is located in an ideal position, just 18 miles from the excitement of the capital city, Belfast, yet surrounded by lush green countryside. It sits on the banks of the Six Mile Water River and on the shore of the largest lake in the UK, Lough Neagh. Travel east from the centre and you’ll soon be amid the culture, excitement and vivacity of Belfast, while a journey in any other direction will take you into the heart of rural Ireland.
Wider County Antrim, the district in which the town of Antrim sits, is packed with quaint villages in which time appears to have stood still: forests, lakes and some of the finest scenic driving routes in the UK.
Accommodation in Antrim
The range of accommodation in Antrim is such that it can cope with every kind of visitor, from business people needing a base from which to launch forays into Belfast, to nature lovers wanting to explore the flora and fauna of Lough Neagh. The choice runs from backpackers’ hostels to town centre guesthouses and from family-run bed and breakfasts to secluded lodges overlooking the tranquil waters of the lough. Where you opt to stay will depend upon your requirements and budget, but a four star hotel will offer a taste of luxury within easy reach of everything Antrim has to offer.
From a four star hotel in the centre of Antrim it will be possible to explore the richly historic streets of the attractive town centre on foot. Highlights of such a stroll will include the Old Courthouse, a listed building which dominates Market Square and was built in 1726, and the Round Tower. The latter was built around the 10th Century as part of a monastery, long since destroyed. At 28 metres in height, it is one of the finest towers of its kind in Ireland. A four star hotel in Antrim will put you in a prime position to explore all of this, or simply while away your time strolling along the picturesque banks of the Six Mile Water River.
Activities in Antrim
One thing a four star hotel in Antrim should guarantee is a good night’s sleep, meaning you’ll be up the next morning wide awake, full of energy and ready to tackle one of the many activities on offer. The Antrim Boat Club is based on the shores of Lough Neagh and offers the chance to sample motor cruising, windsurfing and sailing. For something more tranquil, hire a kayak for a trip along Six Mile Water River, or, for an activity the whole family can enjoy, hire a bike and take on the Antrim Town Loop. This course starts at Lough Shore Park and takes in woodland, riverbank trails, the town centre itself and Antrim Castle Gardens, at the end of which you’ll be glad you’ve got a four star hotel bed to collapse onto.