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“New signs” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Whitehead Conservation Area

Whitehead Conservation Area
Kings Road, Whitehead, Northern Ireland
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Whitehead
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Whitehead, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
“New signs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

The council have put up some new signs all around the town, telling you about some of the highlights you can see. They are gold writing on black, I'll try to take some photos and add them here. They also have pictures of each place from times gone by. Another new thing is the bank house, it is the big building on the corner opposite the library. They have all sorts of books and postcards and maps where you can see the town as it was 100 years ago, for free, in a history area. Street names have changed, I was surprised to see.

Visited July 2013
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“So much to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Whitehead is a charming East Antrim seaside resort. The conservation area is there to preserve the character of the Victorian / Edwardian heart of the town. The houses and some shops date back a century, and so many are distinctive and beautiful. Some look a bit like ships, with railings and circular windows. Others still have their old iron decorative railings and look very exotic. If you're a visitor be sure to look at the railway station, parts of which were designed by Lanyon. We have the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland next to the football field, and you can see steam trains and diesel engines there. The coastguard station on Beach Road is now converted into houses, but is a very impressive building. Whitehead also has a walk along the Blackhead Path that goes right up to a lighthouse, where the views are spectacular across to Scotland. Nice period buildings you can get into include 19 Cable Road, The Gallery Whitehead. That's open at the weekends from 2 to 5pm as an art gallery, but you should also see the old doorbell, clothes rack on the ceiling and wonderful fireplace. The Old Tea House on the corner of Cable Road and King's Road has a great set of old stained glass windows and an attractive wooden interior. Bigger stained glass windows can be seen inside the churches, if you're able to visit those. The town is now decked in flowers for summer, so any walk in any direction is very enjoyable.

Visited July 2013
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Ballycarry
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“Hidden gem of a village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

New signage around Whitehead village has an accompanying leaflet to act as a guide around a informational walk round Whitehead. If the cars and telegraph poles were removed, the village would look very similar to it looked 100 years ago.

Visited April 2013
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Islandmagee
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“Edwardian splendour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

The heart of Whitehead is full of grand old buildings from a century ago. A new place called The Bank House has just moved in to what was the Northern Bank on 12 Edward Road. It has very grand arches over the old doorways and stained glass features, all renaissance style dating from 1905. The open area is the newer wing, but its so ggod to see the place being reoccupied and used again. They have an art gallery in there, and gifts for sale. Perhaps the biggest old building is the coastguard station on Beach Road. It is now converted to dwellings, but you can still see some of the gun loops in the walls that are there in case they had to fight smugglers or rebellious locals! The tower has a commanding view out to sea. Made in 1863. The Methodist Church on Balmoral Avenue is low and bright and very different to the other tall stone churches. Inside you see very nice stained glass windows. Saint Patricks on Victoria Avenue is very interesting inside, with Gothic features and very handsome wood carved memorials. Take a walk anywhere in "old" Whitehead and you'll see so many interesting and varied buildings. The Old Tea House of kings Road still has its original wooden walls and stained glass windows. Castle Chester dates back to the 1600s. Houses like The Rectory on Cable Road are like castle turrets turned to face the sea, like nothing anyone would build today! You find something new every time you take a walk in Whitehead.

Visited May 2013
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“Heavenly Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We stayed in the lighthouse in Whitehead and it was absolutely beautiful. Roads extremely narrow so take care. It is well worth the drive, so picturesque and breathtaking. The walks around the lighthouse were very interesting and mysterious. We were in a group of 7, 4 adults and 3 children and we all enjoyed the isolation and criac for a weekend. It's a must see. Not a lot in Whitehead itself, the chinese takeaway was good value for money and people very friendly in the pub. Good location for seeing Northern Ireland.

Visited April 2013
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