Belfast & Northern Ireland

Glenarm Castle

Grand houses set in rolling estates are dotted throughout NI, and this particular one is a real beauty. A castle has existed on this site since the 13th century but three fires, including one accidently started by a housekeeper warming her featherless parrot, have instigated several redesigns and restorations.

Today's Castle is built in Palladian style and boasts four turrets, frescoed ceilings and the imposing Barbican Gate. The four and a half acre Walled Garden dates back to the 18th century and is said to be among Ireland's oldest. Its revamped highlights include a pretty water feature with three fountains, colourful and dramatic flowerbeds and a topiaried Yew Circle.

Enjoy cream teas and light lunches in the Walled Garden Tea Room. And stock up on a selection of stylish souvenirs for the lord and lady in your life at the Gift Shop.

Descendents of present occupant, Randal, Viscount Dunluce - son of the present 14th Earl of Antrim - have owned the Castle since the 1500s. Viscount Dunluce throws open the doors of his stately home during May's Tulip Festival, July's Dalriada Festival and Sept's European Heritage Open Days. Check ahead before you visit as the Castle can be booked for private functions.
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Amenities

Guarded parking
Restaurant

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Open

Mon-Sat 10:00 - 17:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00. Also open at Hallowe'en and Christmas. Check ahead for seasonal event details.

Price/Additional Info

Garden: Adult £5, 2-16 £2.50, U16 free. Castle Trail incl. Walled Garden: As Garden except Adult £7.50.

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