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The Village Bed & Breakfast
The Village Bed & Breakfast

18 Mill Street, Ballymena BT44 0RR

2.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (30 reviews)

Located in Cushendall, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Curfew Tower and Layde Old Church. Red Bay Castle …

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Glenn Eireann House
Glenn Eireann House

121 Tromra Road, Ballymena BT44 0ST

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

Located in Cushendun, this guesthouse is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Cushendun Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Curfew Tower and …

£56
The Marine Hotel
The Marine Hotel

1-3 North Street, Ballycastle BT54 6BN

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (54 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marconi Memorial, Rathlin Island Ferry, and Bonamargy Friar …

£65
The Hedges Hotel
The Hedges Hotel

141 Ballinlea Road, Ballymoney BT53 8PX

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (147 reviews)

Situated in Ballymoney, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from The Dark Hedges and within 9 mi (15 km) of Ballycastle Museum an …

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Adair Arms Hotel
Adair Arms Hotel

1-7 Ballymoney Road, Ballymena BT43 5BS

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (9 reviews)

Situated in Ballymena, this hotel is 11.2 mi (18 km) from Antrim Castle and within 20 mi (32 km) of Glenariff Forest Park and …

£89
Tullyglass House Hotel
Tullyglass House Hotel

Galgorm Road, Ballymena BT42 1HJ

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (19 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 11.1 mi (17.8 km) from Antrim Castle and within 20 mi (32 km) of Glenariff …

£99
Causeway Tavern B&B
Causeway Tavern B&B

241 Whitepark Road, Bushmills BT57 8SP

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (94 reviews)

Located in Dunseverick, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Giant's Causeway, Whitepark Bay, and Giants Causeway …

£70
Causeway B&B
Causeway B&B

42 Priestland Road, Bushmills BT56 8BU

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (29 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Old Bushmills Distillery and within 3 mi (5 km) of …

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Portrush Atlantic Hotel
Portrush Atlantic Hotel

73 Main Street, Portrush BT56 8BN

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (249 reviews)

Located in the heart of Portrush, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Portrush Countryside Centre and Waterworld. Barry's …

£61
Agivey Lodge
Agivey Lodge

174 Agivey Road, Coleraine BT51 4AB

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

Situated in Coleraine, this guesthouse is 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from Skydive Wild Geese and within 12 mi (20 km) of Joey Dunlop …

£79
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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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