The fact that there are two international airports within a 30-minute drive of Antrim is just one of the reasons why this bustling market town attracts visitors from all over the world. Surrounded by lush green countryside, within easy reach of the spectacular Antrim coast and also just 18 miles to the west of Belfast, Antrim offers a beguiling mix of everything which Ireland has to offer.
The centre of the town itself is rich in history, as befits a place which has been settled for over 1,500 years. Attractions include an ancient market place, a ruined castle and the remains of a former workhouse, and a map of a specially compiled heritage trail can be collected, free of charge, from the information centre in the Old Courthouse.
Attractions Close to Antrim
Although the town centre itself is aesthetically pleasing and steeped in history, the surrounding countryside is spectacular and well worth exploring. The pleasing curves of Six Mile Water River run through the town and, just outside the centre, run into the waters of Lough Neagh. This is the largest lake in the UK and offers not only spectacular views but also the chance to try your hand at angling, sailing and windsurfing. For something a little less strenuous you could take a pleasure cruise out to one of the deserted and tranquil islands which dot the lake.
Accommodation in Antrim
The fact that Antrim offers equally convenient access to both the wonders of the Irish countryside and the excitement of Belfast city centre, as well as being a starting point for an exploration of the spectacular Antrim Coast, means that it attracts visitors of every type from all over the world. Business people stay in Antrim while exploring opportunities in Belfast, honeymooning couples take advantage of the romance and splendour of the countryside, and families make the most the beaches along the Antrim Coast Road, some of the best in the UK.
Spa Hotels in Antrim
The range of guests choosing Antrim means that an equally wide range of accommodation is available, running from basic hostels to luxury lakeside lodges. Many people staying in Antrim opt to make their visit extra special by booking a room in one of the area’s spa hotels. A stay in a spa hotel means that you get to enjoy the beauty of your surroundings at the same time as being pampered and treated when you get back to your hotel. What could be better at the end of a day exploring Lough Neagh, hiking through Randalstown Forest or meeting the challenge of one of the area’s many golf courses, than settling into a hot tub, enjoying a luxurious massage or swimming a few refreshing lengths of the hotel pool?
By staying in a spa hotel on the outskirts of Antrim you’ll be even closer to attractions such as the centre of Belfast or, slightly further away, the beaches of the coast and attractions such as the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. No matter which aspect of Antrim you opt to explore, a stay in a spa hotel will turn your visit into even more of a treat.