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Londonderry Arms Hotel
Londonderry Arms Hotel

20 Harbour Road, Ballymena BT44 OEU

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (86 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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The Glens Hotel
The Glens Hotel

6 Coast Road, Ballymena BT44 0RU

3.0 out of 5.0
2.8 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Located in Cushendall, this hotel is steps from Curfew Tower and Layde Old Church. Red Bay Castle and Lurig Mountain are also …

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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 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Port of Larne and within 6 mi (10 km) of Carnfunnock Country Par …

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Marlagh Lodge
Marlagh Lodge

71 Moorfields Road, Ballymena BT42 3BU

3.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (27 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is 11.6 mi (18.7 km) from Antrim Castle and within 20 mi (32 km) of …

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Lisnafillan Lodge
Lisnafillan Lodge

46 Lisnafillon Road, Ballymena BT42 1JA

2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Ballymena, this bed & breakfast is 13.3 mi (21.4 km) from Antrim Castle and within 25 mi (40 km) of Glenariff …

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Dobbins Inn Hotel
Dobbins Inn Hotel

6/8 High Street, Carrickfergus BT38 7AF

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (35 reviews)

Situated in Carrickfergus, this inn is steps from St. Nicholas Church and Carrickfergus Castle. Carrickfergus Marina is 0.5 m …

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Holiday Inn Express Antrim
Holiday Inn Express Antrim

Ballymena Road, Antrim BT41 4LL

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (228 reviews)

Situated in Antrim, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Antrim Castle and within 20 mi (32 km) of Belfast Castle and Belfast …

£68
Carnately Lodge
Carnately Lodge

51 Moyarget Rd, Ballycastle BT54 6HJ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (63 reviews)

Located in Glentaisie, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ballycastle Museum, Rathlin Island Ferry, and Bonamarg …

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Truffles Guest House
Truffles Guest House

New Street,9, Randalstown BT41 3AF

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Randalstown, this guesthouse is 5 mi (8 km) from Antrim Castle and within 25 mi (40 km) of Belfast Castle and St …

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Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast
Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast

The Gasworks, 3 Cromac Place, Belfast BT7 2JB

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (800 reviews)

This city center hotel is a short distance from the Ormeau Baths Gallery, St. Malachy’s Church, CitiGolf, and Ulster Hall.

£95
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Pocket Guide: Glenarm Glenarm Castle Hotels

For more than 750 years there has been a castle at Glenarm and it remains today one of the few stately homes still used by a titled family. The Viscount and Viscountess Dunluce live at Glenarm Castle, but open up the house and gardens to the general public to enjoy the history of one of Ireland’s oldest families. The castle and walled garden have charmed countless visitors and have even become a venue for pop concerts. Glenarm is only a few miles from Ballymena and there are plenty of welcoming hotels, guesthouses, and family-run bed and breakfasts in the area to pick from.

The Long History of Glenarm Castle

Scottish noble John Bisset acquired the lands around Glenarm in 1242 after he was thrown out of Scotland for killing one of his rivals during a tournament. He built the first Glenarm Castle and part of its walls can still be seen at Glenarm village, in the old courthouse. The Bissets warred with the MacDonnell family, who eventually captured the castle and seized their lands. In 1626, Randle MacDonnell, the Earl of Antrim, decided to build a more magnificent home – the Glenarm Castle that has survived to the modern day.

The castle building is open to the public at set times of year, roughly once a month during the summer, although it is possible to arrange group visits. Inside, there are some excellent examples of Irish furniture dating back to the 17th Century and portraits of MacDonnells through the ages. Four-poster beds, classical columns and magnificent frescoed ceilings can all be seen inside.

The Walled Garden at Glenarm Castle

If you can’t make a guided tour of the castle or one of the open days, then Glenarm Castle’s walled garden is an easier option. The garden is open from Easter to the end of September and is one of the finest of its type in Northern Ireland. The garden was designed to be the castle’s kitchen garden, packed with fruit and vegetables, but now it has a cornucopia of flowers and plants in hundreds of varieties.

There are several key features. The Mount is a 15ft high grass dome from which you can enjoy views of the castle and the North Sea. The Yew Circle is a classical circular hedge around the herb garden that dates back to the 1820s. You’ll also see a delightful apple orchard, a greenhouse built nearly 200 years ago and a fountain and cascade.

Staying Close to Glenarm Castle

The delightful walled garden and impressive 17th century castle make Glenarm an excellent destination for anyone visiting County Antrim and Ballymena. There are lots of other attractions nearby, and of course lots of great hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts. Expedia can help you choose the right one for you, with plenty of information here to make your selection. A visit to Glenarm Castle is sure to reward any visitor.

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