22 miles from Belfast with railway, road and airport links is the North East town of Northern Ireland, Antrim.
Located within the country Antrim, Antrim is the perfect base area for explorers to discover the rich and diverse landscapes that Northern Ireland has to offer its guests. Antrim itself features two castles – Shane’s Castle and Antrim Castle – both featuring stunning gardens and grounds to explore and excite.
Nearby is the Round Tower, a site of both historical and architectural importance, as the tower is one of the most perfect examples of a round tower in Ireland. By this tower is the “Witches’ Stone”, a prehistoric monument shrouded in mythology.
Antrim hosts a wide variety of cultural treasures such as markets and fairs, as well as giving you access to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Northern Ireland, including the nearby Irish coastline.
Antrim Lough Shore Park, Lough Road, Antrim BT41 4DG (028) 9446 4963
Located on the shores of the UK’s largest lake, Antrim Lough Shore Park is one of Antrim’s most attractive destinations offering all kinds of leisure activities.
Enjoy a picnic, feed the swans or just take a walk along the shore’s pathway to enjoy the area’s natural beauty.
Regular events are held during the summer months, including concerts, teddy bears’ picnics and children’s entertainment.
The Lough Shore Coffee House offers a range of hot and cold snacks and is open all year round.
Antrim Castle Gardens, Randalstown Road, Antrim BT41 4LH (028) 9448 1338
Built in the early 17th Century, Antrim Castle was sadly destroyed by fire in 1922. However, Antrim Borough Council (with the help of the National Lottery) has recently commenced a programme of major restoration.
The existing site currently consists of an ancient motte, a parterre and a long canal that are all still worth a visit.