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The market town of Antrim is perfectly located for taking advantage of everything which Ireland has to offer. Six Mile Water River meanders through the town itself before, just outside the town centre, joining the vast expanse of Lough Neagh, the largest lake in the UK. The countryside lying further afield is equally impressive, while, 40 minutes to the north, the beaches of the Antrim Coast beckon with a combination of unspoiled sand and the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic.
Travelling to Antrim from anywhere in the world is made simple by the proximity of two international airports. Belfast International Airport sits just five miles from the centre of Antrim, whilst George Best Belfast City Airport is only 22 miles away. Visitors landing at either airport can be booking into their Antrim hotel room in less than 30 minutes.
The fact that Antrim is equally well placed for exploring the urban delights of Belfast as it is for travelling into hills and fields of County Antrim means that it attracts visitors of every different type. Many people use the town as a base from which to explore the surrounding hills and fields, or take advantage of the water sports facilities on offer at Lough Neagh. For others, it offers a more affordable alternative to staying in the centre of Belfast itself, with the pubs, clubs and restaurants of the big city being just a short trip away. This diversity has led to a broad selection of accommodation being provided, from simple bed and breakfasts to luxury country lodges.
More and more people are opting to take a romantic break in Antrim, and it’s not difficult to understand why. The secluded ambience of the town centre itself offers a beguiling backdrop for a romantic stroll, as do the banks of the river or the shore of the lough. Antrim town centre is packed with restaurants and pubs in which to enjoy a romantic night out, with many being clustered around Church Street and Bridge Street, while the traditional Irish pubs in the town provide not just a cosy spot for a drink or two, but also a warm Irish welcome and, in many cases, traditional live music.The romance of County Antrim
Staying in a hotel close to the outskirts of Antrim, particularly if you’re near to road links such as the A26, will make it easy to travel to the Antrim coast, where the A2 runs along the coast itself and offers one of the most spectacular scenic routes in the UK. Along the coast, you’ll find windswept and spectacular beaches such as Ballycastle, Waterfoot and Whiterocks, any one of which will be the perfect spot for a romantic walk or picnic, or simply watching the sunset hand in hand.
Whether you spend your time exploring the narrow 18th century streets of Antrim itself, enjoying the bohemian nightlife of a Belfast district such as the Cathedral Quarter or revelling in the wide open spaces and fresh air of the Antrim coast, you’re certain to find accommodation which offers the perfect spot for a wonderfully romantic stay.