DAY TRIPS

The Walled Garden

The Walled Garden is one of Ireland’s oldest walled gardens. Originally created to supply the Castle with its fruit and vegetables, The Walled Garden is now filled with exciting flowers and specimen plants to interest the keenest garden enthusiast. 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

Some Places to Stay along the Antrim Coast

The Barbican Gate Lodge

The Barbican Gate Lodge was built by Anne Catherine, Countess of Antrim, in 1825. It was designed by William Morrison as part of a romantic redesign of the Castle and its surrounding buildings. It is currently leased by the Irish Landmark Trust, who have renovated the building and turned it into delightful holiday accommodation.

Visit The Barbican Gate Lodge website at www.irishlandmark.com

Ballygally Castle Hotel

Ideally located on the scenic Antrim coast only 26 miles from Belfast and close to Larne, the Ballygally Castle Hotel faces the soft, sandy beaches of Ballygally Bay. The Castle dates back to 1625 and is unique in that it is the only 17th Century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland today. The hotel is reputedly haunted by a friendly ghost and brave guests can visit the ‘ghost room’ in one of the towers to see for themselves.

Visit Ballygally Castle Hotel’s website at www.hastingshotels.com/ballygally-castle

The Londonderry Arms

The Londonderry Arms Hotel is a historic hotel situated in the picturesque Glens of Antrim in the small coastal village of Carnlough on the award winning Antrim Coast Road which forms a core part of the Causeway Coastal Route.

Visit The Londonderry Arms website at www.glensofantrim.com

Cottages in Ireland

Whether you are looking for a short stay or a relaxing week away from it all, Cottages in Ireland have a fantastic range of properties in idyllic rural and coastal locations and Cottages from 3* to 5*.

Some of their properties close to Glenarm Castle are Bellair Cottage, Tully Cottage and Rectory Cottage or browse their other properties at www.cottagesinireland.com

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  • COME ALONG

    • Find out about the history of the Little Acorn Wood.
    • Learn about the regeneration of the Waterfowl Ponds.
    • Explore the Bug Trail.
  • OPENING TIMES

    Monday          9am - Dusk
    Tuesday         9am - Dusk
    Wednesday    9am - Dusk
    Thursday        9am - Dusk
    Friday             9am - Dusk
    Saturday         9am - Dusk
    Sunday           9am - Dusk
  • DIRECTIONS

    From M2 follow signs to Ballymena. At Seven Towers Roundabout, follow M2 to sign for Ecos Centre. Turn right off slip road following sign to Broughshane. Turn left at the mini roundabout in Broughshane and park in the car park on Knowhead Road.