07 Apr 2021
A key stop along Northern Ireland’s famous Causeway Coastal Route is adding a host of new features to its long list of attractions.
Already well-known for its historic castle and estate, walled garden, glamping pods, tea room, tulip festival and the Dalriada Festival – Northern Ireland's biggest family festival of music and food – Glenarm Castle is introducing a range of brand new experiences.
Following a major investment at the County Antrim destination, the new additions include a heritage centre, museum, woodland walk, e-bike hire, a castle shop and Ireland's first mini land rover experience.
A milk parlour featuring ice cream using milk from Northern Ireland’s only remaining shorthorn dairy herd has also been added.
In addition, and due to high demand, three new stylish holiday pods with sea views are to be added to the existing suite of Ocean View pods. A new immersive visitor experience with audio guides will enhance tours and a progressive web app for Glenarm Castle is currently in development.
Glenarm Castle is one of few country estates on the island of Ireland that remain privately owned but open to the public. Annually, its charms pull in thousands from all over the world.
Visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery and enchanted walks in the historic walled garden, excellent locally sourced food in the charming tea room, a little bit of retail therapy in the Byre Shop and a browse of the Shambles Workshop featuring bespoke retro up-cycled items, photography, jewellery, and other crafts.
Glenarm Castle Gardens
The home of Viscount and Viscountess Dunluce and their family, the present castle has been in the McDonnell family since it was first built in 1636. The McDonnells have been in Glenarm for nearly 600 years and the estate has been in the family for 400 years.
Announcing the new and enhanced visitor experiences, Lady Dunluce said: “After an incredibly difficult year for everyone in tourism we are very much looking forward to reopening and providing a safe and fun experience for everyone, especially families, to enjoy this summer.”
It is expected that in accordance with government guidelines and subject to the lifting of restrictions, the castle’s walled garden along with a number of the new experiences will open from 28 April.
With its own special place in local history, Glenarm Castle is one of the top attractions along the famous Causeway Coastal Route.
Celebrated as one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world, the route hugs a stunning coastline for 130 miles between Belfast and Derry~Londonderry.
Lady Dunluce and Tourism Northern Ireland CEO John McGrillen
Glenarm Castle Walled Gardens
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