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“Well worth a visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Antrim Castle Gardens

Antrim Castle Gardens
Randalstown Road, Antrim BT41 4LH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9448 1338
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Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Antrim
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Owner description: The Antrim Castle Gardens site is an absolute gem and you will find nothing like these 400 year old gardens anywhere else. A recent £6m restoration project which received generous support from Heritage Lottery Fund has now preserved this historic site for generations to come. The Gardens are a unique living museum, with layer upon layer of design features and planting added over the centuries. Indeed, rarely is so much history preserved on one site. The many exceptional features include the ancient Motte, the Large Parterre, the Yew Tree Pond and the Pleasure Gardens.
Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

This is a wonderful place just on the shore of Lough Neagh and close to the airport, so a great spot if you have time to waste before your flight. The park facilities are open between 9.30 and 7pm (or dusk if earlier) but there is a car park just outside the main gate and you can access the grounds at any time (free admission). If you are walking alone during the day this is a safe enough place, as long as you stick to the main footpaths. I wouldn't advise lone walkers to walk beyond the bridge on the town centre side or walk beyond the castle on the Lough side, unless it's a very busy day.

The castle grounds are well kept and are undergoing a considerable restoration programme. Currently the long canal is closed off but there is still plenty to see. There is a beautiful Italian tower right on the edge of the river and if you climb inside the old archway at the base you can see the remains of the stairwell open to the sky above.

This is a great place for families as children can run free, with plenty of space for games and picnics. For garden enthusiasts there is a large formal garden. Clotworthy house (in the Castle grounds) is also home to an art gallery. Unfortunately this was closed when I visited. The coffee shop was a wonderful find. With seating indoors and in the courtyard this is a fantastic little place. Very modern, but with warm scones, jam, fresh cream and strawberries, it retains a certain old world charm...even if you do eat it with your grande americano!

Visited August 2012
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Ireland
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“Fantastic revamp of an already great place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

I often walk here. My kids love it, squirrels, ducks etc. The revamp to clotworthy is great. Nice galleries, nice cafe (very expensive though). Highly recommend having a wander about and do see what exhibitions are on. The nature photography exhibition was great.

Visited June 2012
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Kingswinford, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful peaceful gardens”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

Friends whom we visited in Ireland recently took us to these beautiful gardens recently.The castle gardens were in the middle of a makeover as the Olympic torch was going to be taken through them soon afterwards.There are formal gardens and also a park there,a nice coffee shop and a visitor shop too. When we went there was a photography exhibition which was very interesting, and what is great is that there is no charge!

Visited May 2012
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Antrim
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“Wanted to keep this as a secret!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

i live in Antrim and have always been a fan of the Castle Grounds. Recently, refurbished the gardens are truly beautiful, and reluctantly, I have to praise them for others to enjoy! Full of history and romantic corners a stroll here can be simply magical. The remains of Antrim Castle, the long ponds, partierre garden and the wilderness are magnificent. There is a cafe in Clotworthy House and ample parking. Follow the path over the bridge to the lough shore (Lough Neagh) there is another cafe there and yet more views etc. An afternoon spent wandering here would never be a waste.

Visited April 2012
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Surrey
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“Unexpected pleasure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We also came across this rather by accident but it was a most peaceful and well-spent afternoon. The grounds are beautiful and worth a visit although the best of all is the 20 min walk over the bridge and along the river to the awesome Lough Neagh. There's a cafe there, boats and wonderful views.

Ideal to fill an afternoon.

Visited April 2012
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