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Antrim Castle - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Castle Rd, Antrim, UK

Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

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About Antrim Castle

A majestic castle in Antrim, on the banks of the Sixmilewater River. It was erected in stages between 1613 and 1662. It was destroyed by fire in 1922 and finally demolished in the 1970s. All that remain are a slightly raised grassed platform as well as a freestanding Italian stair tower which was built in 1887 and a gatehouse, which was built around 1818 with twin neo-Tudor towers, with older connecting walls. The gardens are a popular tourist attraction on the Randalstown Road, Antrim.

Attractions Near Antrim Castle

Shane's Castle
Shane's Castle0.93km from Antrim Castle

Shane's Castle is the family seat of the O'Neills of Clanaboy. The Demesne is one of the most beautiful and well maintained in Ireland. The castle is on the north-east shores of Lough Neagh. Built in 1345 by a member of the Clandeboy O'Neill dynasty, it was originally called Eden-duff-carrick. Shane MacBrien O'Neill changed the name to Shane's Castle in 1722.

Randalstown Forest
Randalstown Forest2.09km from Antrim Castle

A beautiful and wild mixed conifer forest that contains an owl conservation centre, Deer Park, and several walking routes, with two small adjacent Nature Reserves at the forest edge on the shores of Lough Neagh. Its earlier use was as the estate deer park, enclosing a herd of fallow deer roaming through open parkland and large broadleaved trees.

Antrim Lough Shore Park Car Park
Antrim Lough Shore Park Car Park3.18km from Antrim Castle

A beautiful park situated on the shore of Lough Neagh and is a popular destination for visitors with its unique history, natural beauty, 5 star caravan park and nautical themed play park. The attractive surroundings make it the ideal spot to spend a few hours enjoying a picnic, feeding the swans or walking along the many pathways. The Six Mile Water River Path leads to Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House, one of the most unique

Rea's Wood
Rea's Wood3.25km from Antrim Castle

Rea's Wood Forest Nature Reserve is a wet woodland dominated by alder, willow and birch trees. It stretches for a mile along the shores of Lough Neagh. A shared pedestrian and cycle path will help you explore. Toilets and refreshments are available nearby. The woodland floor provides ideal habitat not only for many plants but also for many rare invertebrates including Snails, Slugs, Hoverflies and Beetles.

Clotworthy House
Clotworthy House3.71km from Antrim Castle

This fine stable block and coach house with its imposing Jacobean revival style facade of coursed rubble basalt and Tardree granite dressings, was built c1843 by the 10th Viscount Massereene as part of his creation of Her Ladyship’s Pleasure Gardens which necessitated the removal of the original coachyard at the rear of the Castle. It is believed to have been designed by Charles Lanyon.

Castle Street
Castle Street4.02km from Antrim Castle

Antrim Castle Gardens are an absolute historical gem.Developed around Antrim Castle, built by Sir Hugh Clotworthy and his son, Sir John Clotworthy, between 1610 and 1662, they are a complex living museum containing over four centuries of culture and heritage that tell the stories of the people who created, lived and worked here. You will find nothing like these 400 year old gardens anywhere else in Northern Ireland.

Where is Antrim Castle

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County Antrim
County Antrim
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County Antrim is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland. Adjoined to the north-east shore of Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 3,086 square kilometres. Not only is it home to the dynamic city of Belfast, it is the playground of giants that walk its nine glens and sit on the banks of the magnificent Lough Neagh. Here you’ll be offered spectacular cliff top walks and dramatic sea views, all just a stone’s throw from fine seafood restaurants.