Ballymena, Co. Antrim

Located in central Antrim, in the pleasant valley of the River Braid, Ballymena is an important borough with a history of linen and other industries. 

The Saturday market dates back to 1626, and the most prominent feature of the surrounding country side is Slemish Mountain on the south side of the Braid Valley, which is the remainder of an extinct volcano, with fine views from the summit. 

The town is rich in local history including the shrine of St Patrick which is a place of pilgrimage and the Motte in Harryville which dates back the 12th Century. 

Ballymena golf club (0044 28 25 861 487) provides golfers with a flat heath land course with heather, gorse and lined with trees. 

Both Killylane Reservoir and Dungonnell Reservoir provide anglers with excellent trout fishing. 

Walking enthusiasts are spoilt for choice, with Slemish on the door step and a number of forests such as Portglenone Forest, Tardree Forest and Ballyboley Forest.

Gardens

28 Killyfaddy Road - Garden Magherafelt County londonderry Northern ireland
28 Killyfaddy Road
Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry
When Mrs Buchanan first started gardening, 32 years ago, she and her husband split the garden between them. Somehow over the years her flowers have overflowed into his vegetable patch and, in the way that gardens do, theirs just grew - taking in ...

Golf

Cushendall Golf Club - Cushendall County Antrim Northern Ireland
Cushendall Golf Club
Cushendall, Co. Antrim
Course Type: Parkland
Founded in 1937, this picturesque 9 hole golf course is bounded by the quaint village of Cushendall and the waves of Red Bay and nestles at the foot of stunning Glenballyeamon in the celebrated Glens of Antrim. The River Dall meanders throug ...

Self Catering

Selfcatering
Ballealy Cottage
Ballealy Cottage is a 19th Century deerkeeper's cottage on the Shane's Castle estate, beside Lough Neagh, Co. Antrim. Set in a woodland by a stream, Ballealy presents a fairytale appearance of irregular gables and half-hipped roofs, edged with or ...

What's On

Origin Farmers Market Ballymoney - Co Antrim - Last Saturday Each Month
Origin Farmers Market Ballymoney - Castlecroft, Main Street

Last Saturday of month 11-2pm

Contact: Joanne McLaughlin, Ballymoney Town Centre Mgt - 00 44 (0)28 2766 0238

Tourist Attractions

Ulster Museum - Belfast Northern Ireland
Ulster Museum
Belfast, Co. Antrim
Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces with a visit to the Ulster Museum. As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, the museum is home to a rich collection of art, history an ...

Wedding Venues

Wedding
Ardtara Country House
Upperlands, Co. Londonderry
Ardtara is an elegantly decorated Victorian country house with well-proportioned rooms, antique furnishings and fresh flowers - and, with a choice of churches in the area and wedding blessings possible at Ardtara, it makes a lovely wedding venues ...
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