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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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Londonderry Arms Hotel

Londonderry Arms Hotel

20 Harbour Road, Ballymena
4.1
of 5, from 95 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Carnlough, 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).

£54
UR Needs Holidays Ireland

UR Needs Holidays Ireland

10 Tower Road, Ballymena
4.2
of 5, from 5 reviews
3.5 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 Cranny Falls. Glenariff Forest Park is 10.8 mi (17.4 km) away.

£98
Ballygally Castle

Ballygally Castle

274 Coast Road, Larne
4.5
of 5, from 124 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Ballygally, this beach 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

112 Garron Road, Ballymena
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Ballymena, this apartment is close to St. Killian's College. Area attractions also include Red Bay Castle and Curfew Tower.

Dieskirt Farm

Dieskirt Farm

104 Glen Road,, Cushendall
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Glenariff, 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).

£101
Kilmore Country House

Kilmore Country House

10 Glasmullan Road, Glenariffe, Ballymena
4.5 out of 5.0

This guesthouse is located in Ballymena (Glenariff), close to Lurig Mountain, Red Bay Castle and Glenariff Forest Park. Local attractions also include Curfew Tower.

Sea Front Beach House

Sea Front Beach House

Coast Rd, Larne
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach in Larne, this property is close to Carnfunnock Country Park, Cairndhu Golf Course and Port of Larne. Area attractions also include Gleno Waterfall.

£54
Glendale Bed & Breakfast

Glendale Bed & Breakfast

46 Coast Road, Cushendall, Ballymena
4.8
of 5, from 21 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cushendall, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Curfew Tower and Red Bay Castle. Lurig Mountain is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.