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Address: 40 Ballycraigy Road | bt36 4sx, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 9083 2363
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Description: 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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European heritage visit

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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263 attraction reviews
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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.

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co antrim
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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

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Belfast
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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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 

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
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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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Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

I love this place, it is like stepping back in time. The house is so homely, it feels you are an intruder that should not be there. Gives you a really good insight of how wealthier farming people lived.

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Armagh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Sentry Hill is a hidden gem of a house. I have visited several times and cannot wait to return. The tours are wonderful very personal and you learn something new everytime. What I love about the house is it feels like a family home with things not hidden away and there are no ropes. They have a beautiful garden that... More 

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Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

as a family we have visited Sentry Hill many times always enjoying the special events they host throughout the year

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Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Everything about Sentry Hill is good. It is a very interesting and fascinating place. One time I was there an award winning pipe band was playing in the courtyard. Memorable.

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northern ireland
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I have visited Sentry Hill several times with my family. They run various events throughout the year, including specific Easter and Christmas celebrations. The Easter family day was superb, the kids loved it. The tour itself was interesting and the craft activities kept the kids entertained. Despite the snow we still enjoyed the gardens and refreshments were very nice. The... More 

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