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Review of Glenarm Castle

Glenarm Castle
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Glenarm
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

Made a return trip here recently and decided to have some lunch only to find evidence of trying desperately to squeeze tourists for as much as can be extracted...
Extra tables have been added to allow for more customers making for very cramped conditions - very difficult to pull a chair out and sit down at table. Once we managed to we sat for almost 20 minutes being totally ignored by waiting staff tending to the predominantly elderly clientele who were making fast work of the cream-tea fare. Had time to peruse the menu which once offered good quality if standard lunch items - now downgraded to basically small sandwiches, soup and stodgy cream cakes and scones. After 20 mins of not being acknowledged and deciding that 'cream tea' was not appropriate for lunch we called it a day and attempted to extract ourselves from behind the table which was not easy being so tightly jammed in.
Long line of people waiting for a table at the door - told them not to bother as those lucky enough to be eating were clearly not going to move until the cakes had run out.
Estate owner should rethink his habit (have seen him do this each time we have been there) of taking up a table for himself and his own guests while paying customers stand waiting to sit down...
Still have not bothered to instal credit/debit card facility which was a problem I noticed for one couple - cream-tea for four can set you back almost £40 so make sure you have plenty of cash on you until proprietor gets around to offering a convenient and tourist-friendly alternative to 'cash only'. It's simply good business to do so.

7  Thank 27twinkle
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

We have visited gardens in various parts of the UK and this has to bevth most impressive by miles
It is superb - a beautifully laid out garden within a luscious setting overlooked by the Castle
The gardens are exquisite and the quiet surroundings bring peace and enjoyment to the experience
Then visit the tearoom for a range of lovely cakes and ice cream

Thank JayEmploymentEnt
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

A less-known place to visit. But an informative glimpse into the recent past of Irish gentry.

Thank Ivan44
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

We headed down on May Day in the pouring rain to view the Tulip Festival!! Parking was free, the tour of the Castle was excellent, lovely family home, well maintained. The tea rooms were a welcome addition due to the weather. The tulip fesival was excellent and so were the gardens. Would definately go back, lovely day out.

Thank Petrolheadchick
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

The last time I went it was the Tulip Festival and there was a riot of colour in the amazing walled garden which has been extensively refurbished and planted up into different rooms. There is even a swirlt motte structure which when climbed allows you to see the parkland beyond. I love the old greenhouse and the glimpses of the Castle (still in private ownership). Great little teahouse on site with homemade goodies - the buns and biscuits and cakes are all delicious!

1  Thank carriegault
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