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NewtownabbeyUnited Kingdom

While bustling Belfast thrives nearby, the leafy borough of Newtownabbey – just north of theNorthern Irish capital – is the perfect place for a quiet getaway. Nestled inthe County Antrim countryside, Newtownabbey boasts three beautifulparks and the nearby Belfast Lough which is a designated area of specialnatural interest. With a selection of flora and fauna as well as a wide varietyof birdlife, Newtownabbey is a naturelover’s dream.

However, as NorthernIreland’s fourth largest settlement, the countryside is not all that thedistrict has to offer. The leisure and entertainment centre, as well as areasof historical interest are all centrally located and easily accessible, meaningthere is something for everybody and certainly no shortage of things to do.

Culturein NewtownabbeyAt theheart of Newtownabbey’s cultural centreis the Theatre at the Mill. It blendspast with present in a contemporary take on what was once the area’s industrialhub. Rescued from demolition in the 1990s, the abandoned 19th century Mossley FlaxMill was redeveloped into the civic and cultural centre that stands here today.A state of the art performance spot, the Theatre at the Mill now provides performancesfor every taste. Offering an array of theatre shows, comedy, diverse dance and drama,live music and other sparkling entertainment, the area is definitely worthchecking out. There is also a museum for those interested in the site’s fascinatingearly industrial history and its modern day transition from commerce to culture.

Historyin NewtownabbeyIf theuntouched past is more your thing, then the Sentry Hill Historic House and Visitor Centre is a must. Built in1835, Sentry Hill farmhouse provides a rare glimpse into Ulster’s rural past. Setjust north of the centre in the bristling greenery of the Ballycraigy Road,Sentry Hill has gathered a diversity of historical artefacts over the years. Bedeckedtoday, as it would have been in its prime, the farmhouse offers a rare peekinto the daily life of rural families living in this area of Northern Ireland during the 19th andearly 20th centuries.

The great outdoors inNewtownabbeyThe picturesque Sixmilewater River is just a short journey away, so as well as birdwatching, or visiting one of the district’s lush parks, why not try your line atfishing? Those new to the sport could also try for some trout at the Mossley Brown Trout Fishery, a stone’sthrow from the civic centre.

Or, you could enjoy the countryside with around of golf. For beginners, Ballyearl Arts & Leisure Centre offers a freenine-hole public golf course. There’s also the Burnfield House Golf Course, with a restaurant offering delectabledishes – for the golfer who works up an appetite!

Visit NewtownabbeyCentrally located, Newtownabbey offers a charming taste ofthe culture and countryside that Northern Ireland is so well known for. It’sbound to make an impression.

Top hotels in Newtownabbey

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Corr's Corner Hotel
Corr's Corner Hotel
3 out of 5
315 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland
The price is £82 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

Situated in Newtownabbey, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Belfast Zoo and within 6 miles (10 km) of Belfast Castle and Fortwilliam Golf Club. Titanic Belfast ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (162 reviews)

"Great service and very friendly staff couldn't do enough for you."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Corr's Corner Hotel
3 bed house in suburbs of Belfast
3 bed house in suburbs of Belfast
3.5 out of 5
31 Carwood Drive, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland

Situated in Newtownabbey, this apartment building is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Belfast Zoo and within 6 miles (10 km) of Belfast Castle and Fortwilliam Golf Club. Titanic ...

3 bed house in suburbs of Belfast
Hotel Chimney Corner
Hotel Chimney Corner
3 out of 5
630 Antrim Road, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland

Situated in Newtownabbey, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Belfast Zoo and within 6 miles (10 km) of Belfast Castle and Fortwilliam Golf Club. Titanic Belfast ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (86 reviews)

"Very clean and tidy and good food"…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2020

Hotel Chimney Corner

Popular places to visit in Newtownabbey

Belfast Zoo
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Belfast Zoo

One of the oldest visitor attractions in Northern Ireland, Belfast Zoo is located in the north of the city, on Antrim Road, and is home to more than 1,000 animals on its 55-acre site.

Titanic Belfast
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Titanic Belfast

4.5/5(451 reviews)

The world’s biggest Titanic museum experience, Titanic Belfast sits on the very slipway where the ill-fated ocean liner was built between 1909 and 1911.

Queen's University of Belfast
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Queen's University of Belfast

4/5(146 reviews)

Enjoy the student vibe around Queen's University of Belfast, a top university in Belfast. Discover the acclaimed theatre scene in this walkable area or seek out the local tours.

Belfast Castle
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Belfast Castle

4/5(71 reviews)

The city of Belfast in Northern Ireland is steeped in history and the impressive Belfast Castle is a significant part of this heritage. Built in the early 19th Century to replace the original Norman fortification that once stood in the centre of the city, Belfast Castle is an opulent structure built in the grandiose Scottish Baronial style.

Belfast City Hall
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Belfast City Hall

4.5/5(340 reviews)

Belfast City Hall is an imposing sight – it sits on the edge of the shopping district and looms over the shoppers, dividing them from the business area on the other side of the city centre.

SSE Arena
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SSE Arena

4.5/5(206 reviews)

Catch an event at SSE Arena (Titanic Quarter) during your trip to Belfast.Discover the acclaimed theatre scene in this walkable area or seek out the local tours.

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15 May 2019

Love shopping in the town centre and the food in BLINKERS CAFE in the centre is a must.

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