Attractions in County Antrim
Glenarm Castle Estate and Walled Gardens www.glenarmcastle.com + 44 (0)28 2884 1203
Glenarm Castle – for 400 years the family home of the Earls of Antrim and the setting of a glorious Walled Garden. Beautiful and filled with colour throughout the seasons, the garden is open from May, when you can see the fabulous displays of spring bulbs along with the apple and pear blossom, right up until the end of September when the garden is still in bloom with rich displays of herbaceous plants.
Attractions Giant’s Causeway – www.nationaltrust.org.uk (028) 2073 1855
Volcanic activity 60 million years ago led to the formation of the 38,000 basalt columns that make up the Giant's Causeway. Hexagonal in shape, the stones stretch far out into sea and some stand as tall as 36ft (12m). The site has attracted international attention for its unique geological make-up, but locals have their own story to tell. They say the causeway was the work of one giant named Finn MacCool. How else can you explain the Chimney Stacks that mark Finn's home, his old Organ, or the giant boot that he discarded on the shore?
Carrick-a-Rede – www.nationaltrust.org.uk (028) 2076 9839
One of Northern Ireland’s best-loved attractions, a rocky island is connected to the cliffs by a rope bridge.
Causeway Coastal Route - Travel along the A2 from Islandmagee to Larne, through the black arch to Ballygally. On to Glenarm and Carnlough. The journet continues for another 6 miles to Garron Point.
Old Bushmills Distillery – www.bushmills.com (028) 2073 3218
The world’s oldest legal whiskey distillery, established in 1608. Guided tours (including complimetary glass of Bushmills whiskey), visitors centre and shop on site.
Rathlin Island - www.rathlinballycastleferry.com (028) 2076 9299
A short ferry journey from Ballycastle, this tranquil island is home to a renowned RSPB sea bird centre, as well as Robert the Bruce’s cave where he hid in 1306.
Carrickfergus Castle – www.ni-environment.gov.uk (028) 9335 1273
Built by John de Courcy in 1177, this fine medieval castle is a striking feature of the landscape from land air and sea.
Dunluce Castle – www.ni-environment.gov.uk (028) 2073 1938
The ruins of Dunluce Castle are sited dramatically close to the edge of a headland on the North Antrim coast.
Dunluce Centre – www.dunlucecentre.co.uk (028) 7082 4444
A large family entertainment complex in Portrush. Its unique attractions include Ireland’s only 4 dimensional motion simulator.
Finvoy Fun Farm – www.finvoyfunfarm.co.uk (028) 2766 3732
Situated just outside Ballymoney, this working farm is great fun for young and old alike.
Glenarm Walled Garden & Tea Room - www.glenarmcastle.com
Carnfunnock Family Fun Zone - www.carnfunnock.com - Unbeatable family entertainment! (028) 2827 0541
Northern Ireland is home to some spectacular parks, forests and beaches, perfect for those who like fresh air and fantastic scenery.
A small selection of these are included below:
Glenariff Forest Park – www.dardni.gov.uk (028) 2955 6000
Carnfunnock Country Park – www.carnfunnock.com (028) 2827 0541
Antrim Lough Shore Park – www.antrim.gov.uk (028) 9442 8331
Portrush Whiterocks Beach – (028) 7082 3333