The busy market town of Antrim sits in the heart of the Irish countryside yet is only a short drive away from the bright lights of Belfast city centre. This combination of the contrasting worlds of modern Ireland – urban and sophisticated yet wild and untamed – is one of the aspects which make Antrim popular with visitors from all over the world.
Travelling to Antrim
The town itself is accessible by road from two major airports. George Best Belfast City Airport is slightly more than 21 miles away, while Belfast International Airport is just 11 minutes down the road. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find a warm Irish welcome and a city centre rich in historical and cultural interest, combined with the surrounding area of wider County Antrim, which is packed with natural attractions and examples of the Irish landscape at its best.
Accommodation in Antrim
As befits a city which draws people from all round the world with a wide range of interests, Antrim offers accommodation to suit every kind of visitor and all budgets. Commercial travellers may well want a business hotel on the outskirts of the town, within easy reach of the opportunities on offer in Belfast. Families might wish to book into a lodge on or near the shore of the dazzling Lough Neagh, while backpackers and hikers keen on exploring the mountains and forests will need little more than a hostel or basic bed and breakfast.
Golf in Antrim
One of the things which attracts many visitors to Antrim – and the same could be said for almost any part of Ireland – is the presence of a plethora of golf clubs. Ireland is celebrated around the world for the diversity and beauty of its golf experience, from windswept, challenging links courses to carefully manicured park courses, and a good example of what’s on offer can be found at the Allen Park Golf Club.
Finding the Allen Park Golf Club
The Allen Park Golf Club is located just two miles outside the centre of Antrim, on the A6 Castle Road which sweeps close to the shore of Lough Neagh. It is an 18 hole par 72 course set out over 143 acres of beautifully designed and manicured parkland, with the inclusion of three manmade lakes helping to add to the challenge for even the most experienced golfer.
Features of the Club
The Allen Park Golf Club is open until 10pm throughout most of the year, and reasonable green fees make it a popular club with golfers from around the world. The presence of a licensed bar and restaurant means that you can relax in style after taking on the challenge of the course, and the inclusion of a selection of newly planted trees means that this is a course which is going to grow in complexity and appeal as the years go by.
Other facilities on offer at the club include a floodlit driving range with 20 bays and a specifically crafted practice area which includes practice greens, bunkers and chipping areas.