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Glenarm Castle

The Earls of Antrim have called it home for 400 years and its spectacular walled garden is one of Ireland’s oldest, and at one time it was almost burned to the ground, it is said on account of a fire being kept permanently burning to warm up a featherless parrot. Glenarm Castle is truly one of a kind.

Unquestionably one of the finest castles in Ireland, it was built in 1636 and forms part of a working estate that includes forests, an organic farm and the Glenarm River, well-stocked with fish. Breathtaking views of the estate and the sea can be enjoyed from the Mount in the gardens.

Located just 40 minutes from Belfast centre, Glenarm Castle makes for an excellent day trip. While it is a family home, it is open for guided tours at certain points of the year when visitors can see beautifully crafted examples of Irish furniture and family portraits. Typical open days tie in with the estate’s annual tulip festival and the Highland Games. There is also a gift shop and a cosy tearoom serving refreshments on-site.

Perhaps the highlight of any visit to Glenarm Castle however is the exquisite walled garden. Open from Easter until the end of September, it contains numerous attractions, among them a sculpture of the Madonna and Child created by the Countess of Antrim when still a teenager, as well as a circular yew hedge dating back to the early 19th Century, an obelisk forged of oak, a kitchen garden and a glasshouse filled with colourful hothouse flowers.


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Water's Edge Glenarm £130
Water's Edge Glenarm

Water's Edge Glenarm

11-13 The Cloney, Ballymena
     
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Situated near the beach, this luxury bed & breakfast is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Glenarm Castle and within 9 miles (15 km) of St. Killian's College and Carnfunnock Country Park. Cairndhu Golf Course and Red Bay Castle are also within 12 miles (20 km).

    Londonderry Arms Hotel £83
    Londonderry Arms Hotel

    Londonderry Arms Hotel

    20 Harbour Road, Ballymena
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 97 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Ballymena, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Glenarm Castle and within 12 miles (20 km) of Carnfunnock Country Park and Slemish Mountain. Glenariff Forest Park and Port of Larne are also within 16 miles (25 km).

      UR Needs Holidays Ireland £54
      UR Needs Holidays Ireland

      UR Needs Holidays Ireland

      10 Tower Road, Ballymena
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 6 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Ballymena, this bed & breakfast is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from St. Killian's College and within 12 miles (20 km) of Glenarm Castle and Glenariff Forest Park. Carnfunnock Country Park and Slemish Mountain are also within 16 miles (25 km).

        Ballygally Castle £98
        Ballygally Castle

        Ballygally Castle

        274 Coast Road, Larne
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 125 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated near the bay, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Carnfunnock Country Park and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Cairndhu Golf Course. Port of Larne and Glenarm Castle are also within 9 miles (15 km).

          The Coach House Self Catering Apartments
          The Coach House Self Catering Apartments

          The Coach House Self Catering Apartments

          112 Garron Road, Ballymena
             
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Ballymena, this apartment is 1.2 mi (2 km) from St. Killian's College and within 6 miles (10 km) of Red Bay Castle and Curfew Tower. Lurig Mountain and Glenarm Castle are also within 9 miles (15 km).

            Dieskirt Farm
            Dieskirt Farm

            Dieskirt Farm

            104 Glen Road,, Cushendall
               
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Ballymena, this bed & breakfast is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Glenariff Forest Park and 6.8 mi (10.9 km) from St. Killian's College. Glenarm Castle and Torr Head are also within 20 miles (32 km).

              Kilmore Country House £92
              Kilmore Country House

              Kilmore Country House

              10 Glasmullan Road, Glenariffe, Ballymena
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Ballymena, this guesthouse is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Red Bay Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Curfew Tower and Lurig Mountain. Glenariff Forest Park and Ossian's Grave are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Sea Front Beach House
                Sea Front Beach House

                Sea Front Beach House

                , Larne
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated on the waterfront, this historic holiday home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Carnfunnock Country Park and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Cairndhu Golf Course. Port of Larne and Gleno Waterfall are also within 9 miles (15 km).