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Glendale Bed & Breakfast
Glendale Bed & Breakfast

46 Coast Road, Cushendall, Ballymena BT44 0RX

3.5 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Located in Cushendall, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Layde Old Church and Curfew Tower. Red Bay Castle …

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Garron View Bed and Breakfast
Garron View Bed and Breakfast

14 Cloughs Road, Cushendall, Ballymena BT44 0SP

3.5 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Located in Cushendall, this bed & breakfast is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Curfew Tower and within 3 mi (5 km) of Layde Old Church and …

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Londonderry Arms Hotel
Londonderry Arms Hotel

20 Harbour Road, Ballymena BT44 OEU

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (81 reviews)

Located in Carnlough, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Glenarm Castle and within 12 mi (20 km) of Carnfunnock Country Par …

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Glen Haven B&B
Glen Haven B&B

9 Whitehall Avenue, Ballycastle BT54 6WB

2.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (28 reviews)

Situated in Ballycastle, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ballycastle Museum, Marconi Memorial, and Rathlin …

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The Fullerton Arms
The Fullerton Arms

22-24 Main Street, Ballycastle BT54 6LX

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (40 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ballintoy Church, Sheep Island, and Carrick-A-Rede Rope …

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Glenfield B&B
Glenfield B&B

141 Church Road, Ballymena BT42 3EJ

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 12 mi (20 km) of Greenacres Golf Centre, Slemish Mountain, and Theatr …

£60
Curran Court Hotel
Curran Court Hotel

6 Redlands Road, Larne BT40 1FD

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (98 reviews)

Situated in Larne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Port of Larne and Olderfleet Castle. McIlwaine Fine Art and Tommy …

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Seaview House
Seaview House

156 Curran Road, Larne BT40 1BX

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (53 reviews)

Situated in Larne, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Port of Larne, McIlwaine Fine Art, and Olderfleet Castle. …

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The Pyjama Factory
The Pyjama Factory

49-55 Woodvale Park, Bushmills BT57 8QF

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this eco-friendly apartment is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Old Bushmills Distillery and 2.3 mi …

£200
Brown Trout Golf & Country Inn
Brown Trout Golf & Country Inn

Aghadowey, Coleraine BT51 4AD

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (44 reviews)

Located in Aghadowey, this golf hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Skydive Wild Geese, Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden, and Causeway …

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Pocket Guide: Cushendall Curfew Tower Hotels

Ballymena is set in the middle of County Antrim. In fact, its name means “middle town”. It is surrounded by breathtaking countryside, with plenty of attractions. Booking one of the many hotels in Ballymena is a sure way to be able to visit them.

Cushendall is one of the most delightful towns in the surrounding area, set in the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It sits on Ireland’s eastern coast, looking across to the Firth of Clyde. Curfew Tower is one of the highlights of a visit to the town. Built in 1809, this extraordinary building is at the centre of the town. It was built by Francis Turnly of the East India Company. He employed an army pensioner named Dan McBride to act as the tower’s guard, stipulating that the tower had “a permanent garrison of one man”. McBride was not allowed to leave the tower, either by day or by night. The tower was originally built as “a place of confinement for idlers and rioters”.

The four-storey tower measures 20 feet on all sides, with battlements on top. The tower has a windowless dungeon, oriel windows and a well behind it. Renovation work recently has included installing a new curfew bell, rescued from a London fire station, a new lead roof and repair work to the floors, staircase and stonework.

In 1992, the tower was sold to the Hearth Revolving Fund. The organisation, set up in 1978, is a housing association that buys, restores and then resells dwellings in Northern Ireland. After Hearth had completed the renovation of the tower, it was sold to musician Bill Drummond in 1999.

Drummond has had a colourful and varied career in the world of music, art and literature. Together with Jimmy Cauty, he formed hip-hop group The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, then The Timelords, which had a number one hit with their novelty record, Doctorin’ The Tardis, a dance reworking of the Doctor Who theme tune. After the success of the record, the pair published The Manual (How To Have A Number One The Easy Way), which was popular enough to justify three print runs and was translated into German and Czech.

After the duo’s success with their next project, the KLF, they formed the K Foundation, which awarded a prize of £40,000 to what they considered to be the worst artist of the year. Drummond set up In You We Trust and bought the tower specifically as a residency for artists. The residency is curated every year by a different organisation, including Void from Derry, Catalyst Arts from Belfast, Eastside Projects from Birmingham and Static Gallery from Liverpool.

Cushendell is just one of the many unique places in County Antrim that thrill visitors with their charm, history and breathtaking views across the hills or the sea. Booking a hotel in Ballymena is the perfect starting point to visit not just Cushendell and the surrounding area but the wealth of scenery and interest that the locality has to offer.

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