Not far from Northern Ireland’s capital city, Antrimis situated on the shores of the UK’s largest lake, Logh Neagh. A popular alternative to Belfast, Antrimis ideal for those seeking a getaway that blends vibrant urban energy with the leafy landscape of the Emerald Isle.
Resting on the picturesque banks of the Six Mile Water River, Antrim has fantastic shopping, excellent dining and tremendous culture on offer at the Clotworthy Arts Centre. Throw in hiking trails along the crystal shores of Lough Neagh and you’ve got the recipe for the perfect Irish break.
Architecture in AntrimAntrimhas much fine architecture, spanning many centuries. Wander through the town’s streets and you’ll discover delightful buildings in abundance, such as a 19th century blacksmith, with a very distinctive entranceway. You mustn’t miss the ruins of Antrim Castle, either. In the form of the Barbican Gate and a grand 19th century Italianate tower, the ruins perch on the banks of the Six Mile Water in an almost mystical manner.
Shopping in AntrimDon’t worry if history’s not your thing, because Antrimis one of Northern Ireland’s top retail hubs. Pay a visit to one of the town’s two fantastic shopping centres – Function One International Outlet Centre or the Castle Mall. Pick up the latest fashions and find all the well-known high street names. In the town’s historic centre, you’ll also find everything from jewellery stores to farm shops and excellent eateries.
Dining Out in AntrimAntrimhas a hearty selection of great places to eat, catering to every taste. From first-class country lodge restaurants, to vintage tearooms and authentic Irish cuisine, you’ll find no end of great eateries. If you fancy Italian, Indian or Chinese food, Antrim also has a great range of international restaurants. With outstanding gastronomy and good old Irish hospitality right in the centre of town, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Culture in AntrimWhy not experience a night of real Irish culture by heading to the popular Clotworthy Arts Centre? Located in the 19th century stables of Antrim Castle, the centre was completely refurbished in the 1990s and reopened as a state of the art venue. Now hosting an eclectic mix of music, theatre, workshops, dance and a range of other visual arts, you’ll find Clotworthy is the perfect place to spend an evening enjoying contemporary arts in Antrim.
Nature in AntrimIf you’re paying a visit to Antrim, it goes without saying that you’ll want to explore the countryside. Take the kids to feed the ducks at Antrim Lough Shore Park, ruminate on life in the preserved historical gardens of AntrimCastle, or just lose yourself on one of County Antrim’s dazzling countryside walking trails. You’ll be hard pressed not to fall in love with Northern Ireland’s lush green scenery and lakeside beauty.
Book a Trip to Antrim TodayAntrimis waiting for you, so what are you waiting for? Book a trip to Antrim town today and marvel at the wonders on offer in Northern Ireland.