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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

Garden
Redcot
Belfast, Co. Antrim
This two and a half acre garden in suburban Knock is as unexpected as it is full of surprises. In its hidden heart the woodland glade is a Robinsonian paradise where plants from all over the world romp in happy abandon under a sheltered canopy of ...
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Golf

Pavilion & Helicopter
Galgorm Castle Golf Club
Ballymena, Co. Antrim
Course Type: Parkland
Galgorm Castle Golf Club is an exciting mixture of the new and the old. This 18 hole, 6736 yards par 72 Championship course is set in 220 acres of beautiful, mature parkland located in the heart of County Antrim. It is overlooked by Galgorm Castl ...
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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 ...
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What's On

Park Shopping Centre - Belfast - Thursdays
 Farmers Market - The Park Shopping Centre Belfast

Thursdays 10-4pm

Contact: Sean McArdle - 087 6115016 info@irishfarmersmarkets.ie

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Tourist Attractions

Belfast Zoo - Belfast Northern Ireland
Belfast Zoo
Belfast, Co. Antrim
Belfast Zoo is on a 55 acre site and is home to over 1,000 animals across 150 species and is the top fee-paying visitor attraction in Northern Ireland, receiving more than 300,000 visitors a year.
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Hastings Culloden Estate & Spa
Holywood, Co. Down
Formerly the official palace for the Bishops of Down, the Culloden is romantically set in beautifully maintained gardens and woodland overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline. The building is a fine example of 19th-century Sc ...
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