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Address: 40 Ballycraigy Road | bt36 4sx, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 9083 2363
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Sentry Hill is a 19th century Victorian farmhouse in the Parish of...

Sentry Hill is a 19th century Victorian farmhouse in the Parish of Carnmoney, County Antrim. The contents of this historic house in Northern Ireland provide a rare insight into life in rural Ulster during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Sentry Hill was the home of the McKinney family, who came to Ireland from Scotland in the early 1700s. Remarkably the contents of the house have survived almost intact. Family furniture, books, paintings, personal diaries, letters, photographs and souvenirs from trips abroad all help to tell the story of the McKinney's, recording life at Sentry Hill and its surrounding areas.

Over the years many guests have been warmly received at Sentry Hill by the McKinney family. The last of the family may now be gone but their welcome remains and the door is now open for you. The venue is a popular place to see in Co Antrim, especially during European Heritage Open Days. You can dander down the path through the sheltering trees and step inside the snug old farmhouse. As you cross this threshold you will stand where the past shakes hands with the present.

Sentry Hill offers an entertaining day out to visitors of all ages with facilities including guided tours, attractive gardens, a cafe, gift shop and picnic area.

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A great way to relive the pass through one family's eyes.

A short drive through the rolling Antrim hills lead us to sentry Hill, a beautiful time capsul of a family home, as if the owner had just popped out to the shops. Wesley and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015

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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

A short drive through the rolling Antrim hills lead us to sentry Hill, a beautiful time capsul of a family home, as if the owner had just popped out to the shops. Wesley and Derdrie gave us a warm welcome, we then watched a first class brief DVD about the house and family s wetting the appetite to know more... More 

Thank Clockworksausage
Belfast, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Having seen the photographs on line I expected this attraction to be much bigger. It's quite a small house actually. There has certainly gone a lot of work into preserving this lovely home that gives us a glimpse into the not so distant past. Not something I'd recommend for a full day. An hour or so at maximum should suffice.

Thank Bluejean77
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157 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Like most things that are virtually on your doorstep you are inclined to overlook them and go further afield. Having visited here I can say that some of the best things really are close to home! You can get admission for a family of 4 - 2 adults and 2 children for just over £12 which is incredible value for... More 

Thank gottaluvflying
Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Today on a grey day we decided to spend a couple of hours at Sentry Hill House which is quite local to us. What a good decision that was. Right from the start the staff welcomed us warmly, a great tour by Deirdre and afterwards a stroll in the garden, an ordinary but very nice garden.. As we had a... More 

Thank HappyNIreland
Ballyclare, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Thanks to all the staff at Sentry Hill for a great Family Fun Day, my granddaughter had a ball from petting the animals, trying her hand at circus skills, the assault course and getting her face painted. A great day out for all the family.

Thank Yvonne H
Belfast, United Kingdom
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585 reviews
340 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Took my two little ones to see this wonderful historical residence. It was over the European Heritage Open Day weekend and was free in. It was great to see just how people of yesteryear live. Very well kept house and gardens.

Thank Belfasttravelfoodman
co antrim
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57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

we were lucky to have a private tour of Sentry Hill as part of a Ulster Scotch history course. The virtually untouched house is an amazing look into our past. The staff were highly knowledgable, and very professional. Great local place to visit for anyone living in the area of Newtownabbey

Thank analace13
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131 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Worth a visit even though it is quite small . Full of fascinating detail of an Ulster scots family with some good interactive activities as well.

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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Just been to this hidden gem right on our doorstep outside Belfast. It is a stroll back to the past and sets the memory going what a collection of things from our history it is just amazing. The Curator makes the tour his knowledge and stories make the place come alive. You are right there in the middle of it... More 

Thank Willie N
Lisburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

A delightful and captivating history of life in rural Ulster as it progressed through the industrial revolution and world war. It may be small as historic houses go but the collection of artefacts, the family history and the background story as related by the very knowledgeable and enthusiastic Curator make for a pleasant visit. The sad story of Tom, who... More 

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