Antrim Castle Gardens

Antrim Castle Gardens: Hours, Address, Antrim Castle Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Antrim Castle Gardens
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
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JenMC
Qrendi, Malta296 contributions
Beautiful place to stroll.
Oct 2021
Beautiful gardens. Beautiful river. Beautiful house.
Really lovely place to spend some time, just wandering. We go a lot & always see something new.
Written November 17, 2021
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malcsaville
Stroud, UK1,041 contributions
Wonderful Gardens
Oct 2021
How lucky are the residents of Antrim?! We did not have a lot of time to spend here, but these gardens, so close to town, are truly wonderful; there is something for everyone, all ages are catered for, and the cafe and shops in the courtyard are well worth visiting too. We loved the motte and the riverside.
Written October 17, 2021
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Mrsk136
Lockerbie, UK360 contributions
Amazing Gardens
Aug 2021
We visited the gardens in the height of the summer, weather was great. The grounds are so vast you feel like you have the place to yourselves. Lots of people about but didn't feel busy.
There is lots to explore, you could spend hours here. Parking is limited but you can also access the gardens from the town i believe. Would recommend, and definitely visit again.
Written September 30, 2021
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RKS S
Belfast, UK220 contributions
Well maintained grounds.
Sep 2021 • Friends
I enjoyed a lengthy walk through the gardens with a local friend (& dog) who was knowledgeable about the history of the gardens & surrounding area. Very well maintained gardens with plenty of humorous wood sculptures. There were plenty of other visitors in the grounds with young children & dogs. Plenty of seated areas with which to view the ducks & grey squirrels.
Written September 28, 2021
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Tiffanie
Belfast, UK57 contributions
Great place for a dog walk
Sep 2021 • Friends
We love walking the dogs here, it’s a beautiful place and the sights are varied from walking through the forest to walking through the gardens, the dog parks are great and I love how you can walk in a variety of directions and each will take you somewhere different. The coffee shop there is also a great place to stop, I haven’t been for a visit since covid hit but before we would regularly frequent here on our walks. The only downside may be that it can get very busy and if you time it wrong it can be hard to get parking (though you can normally get in at the central car park or at Antrim leisure centre), also make sure you check what’s on if you’re planning a visit.
Written September 21, 2021
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Austin & Laura
Belfast, UK19 contributions
Beautiful spot in all seasons
Sep 2021 • Solo
Beautiful location. Free parking available in the Castle Mall Car Park across the street as well as on site. Walled garden, woodland walks, long canal walks all lovely. Picnic tables available on site. Garden Coffee Shop is open, currently offering outdoor seating only. Hot meals, alcohol, ice cream, pastries and hot drinks available. Staff helpful. Dog and kid friendly. Loughshore complex accessible through the gardens as well. All worth a visit.
Written September 20, 2021
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Jordanstown
Belfast, UK1,476 contributions
Lovely gardens but downmarket cafe
Sep 2021 • Couples
Beautiful gardens and perfectly situated coffee shop
Great scones and outdoor seating
But......... it must be time to ditch the mean cardboard coffee cups, plastic knives and forks and paper plates
Let’s the place down
Written September 16, 2021
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John A
1 contribution
Amazing place and Walks.
Sep 2021 • Family
Super gardens and walks, well worth a visit. Great food locally, beautiful tea room and close to the lough shore. Encourage everyone to visit.
Written September 10, 2021
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R Cameron
1 contribution
Beautiful place for tea but the cardboard cups don't quite match the setting.
Aug 2021
Antrim Castle gardens is an excellent place to visit with extensive pathways and an abundance of wild birds active in the trees which surround the paths. An extended walk alongside the Sixmilewater river to the lough shore and Rea's wood beyond is also very pleasant and worthwhile.

The courtyard at Clotworthy House is a beautiful location for a cup of tea or coffee etc. The outdoor seating area has large parasols, which are equipped with overhead patio heaters for when the weather turns colder.
However it's rather disappointing to find that the hot drinks are still being served in extra small cardboard cups with food on paper plates and plastic cutlery, never mind the synthetic cream to accompany one's scone!
Written August 30, 2021
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Newryoneisback
Newry, UK1,607 contributions
Beautiful with a long history
Aug 2021 • Friends
We visited with grandkids who only wanted to run demonically around the grounds oblivious to Wu flu and its adverse impacts on life so we cheerfully obliged.

Antrim castle and gardens are fabulous to see. Historically the castle was built by Sir Hugh Clotworthy and his son, Sir John Clotworthy, between 1610 and 1662. The name Clotworthy derived from Clotworthy near Wembworthy, Devon, England.

As the surname suggests Sir Hugh and family weren't Irish natives, rather they gained land in Ireland in the Plantation of Ulster under the reign of James 1. Sir Hugh was a prominent politician during the Civil War. In 1660 he was created Baron Loughneugh (i.e. Lough Neagh) and Viscount Massereene in the Peerage of Ireland, with remainder to his son-in-law Sir John Skeffington, 4th Baronet, of Fisherwick, the husband of his daughter the Hon. Mary Clotworthy, and in default thereof to his heirs general.

Plantation is another term for colonisation and some half a million acres of land was handed over to settlers (planters) by the king. The settlers were mostly from Southern Scotland.

The colonists were required to be Protestant, English-speaking, and loyal to the king in short not Irish. Imagine today taking half a million acres of Alaska and gifting the land deeds to Canadians.

Anyway, back to today, with the effects of plantation still ever present and the Ulster Scots language on the playground fixtures the gardens feature a 17th century Anglo Dutch water garden, one of only three in the British Isles. They are over 410 years old with beautiful features such as the Large Parterre, Her Ladyship's Pleasure Garden and Yew Tree Pond.

Within the heart of the gardens is the unique Clotworthy House also created by Clotworthy descendants the Massereene family. So it’s not just a garden on the shore of Lough Neagh it’s living history and part of the political fabric of a complex, scarred divided statelet.

If you want an hour or two of serenity you'll find it here unless of course you happen to get close to our grandkids.
Written August 23, 2021
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