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If you want to immerse yourself in Lisburn’s rich history, then your first move should be finding a place to stay close to Lisburn’s Castle Gardens. There is a great range of places to stay around Castle Gardens, so you should be able to find somewhere to fit your lifestyle and budget - from places to bunk for backpackers to five star luxury hotels and king-sized suites.
The Castle Gardens are located in the north of Lisburn, near to the River Lagan. Originally the gardens were the site of a 17th century manor house which was built by the Conway family, the landlords of Lisburn, in the 1620s. The manor house itself burnt down in the great fire of Lisburn in 1707. Although the manor house was not rebuilt, the garden remained.
The Castle Gardens recently underwent a major renovation. It was a huge project that cost over £4.2 million and has helped to preserve and enhance the charming historic properties of the garden. As well as improving the gardens, the archaeological renovations mean there are some new historical sights to be fascinated by. The 17th century summer house, the terrace walls of the manor and a stone perron stairway are not to be missed.
You can visit the Castle Gardens at any time of the year - they are open from 8am to 5pm every day apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Lounge among the flowers on a beautiful summer’s day, marvel at the autumnal colours, the winter frosts, and the gentle shoots of spring. You can also take your visit up a notch by taking a guided tour. Tours are by appointment only and need to be booked in advance.
There are plenty of options when it comes to planning your accommodation around the Castle Gardens. Expedia can help you narrow down your search to find a hotel that suits your needs and budget.
For those of you that want to splash a little on your holiday, and stay somewhere with a little extra luxury during your visit, there are a number of highly acclaimed five star hotels. You could book into a spa hotel and enjoy a bit of pampering after a day out exploring the gardens. If you want to sleep in style, there are hotels that offer king-sized beds and luxury suites. If walking around the gardens doesn’t completely tire you out, then why not have a look through the hotels that provide gym equipment and swimming pools.
If you’re looking for cheaper accommodation, try a hostel. You can have a more social experience and take advantage of a delicious free breakfast in the morning, setting you up for a day of garden exploring.
For the more independent types, look at the options for renting apartments and cottages. You’ll have a chance to really make yourself feel at home, whether that’s in a cosy cottage, or a high rise apartment with a view. You can snap up a real bargain, plus you’ll have access to your own cooking facilities.