Giants Causeway

30 minutes from the hotel

Not to be missed on any itinerary is this geological wonder which gives the route its name. The Giant’s Causeway sits at the centre of an Area of Outstanding Beauty and is Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, famously steeped in myth and legend. Begin your visit at the state-of-the-art Visitor Centre then stroll down to the intriguing polygonal stones to search out distinctive formations such as the Camel, Wishing Chair, Granny and Organ

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The Causeway Coastal Route

5 minutes from the hotel

This Route was rated one of the Top Five Road Trips worldwide and when you drive it, you’ll see why.Start your journey in Ballymena and follow the coast road through the nine Glens of Antrim, winding between picturesque villages and unforgettable scenic locations, including Rathlin, Northern Ireland’s only inhabited off-shore island, and Binevenagh with its dramatic cliffs. The route peaks at the Giant’s Causeway on the North Antrim coast, before continuing west toward the walled city of Derry~Londonderry.The ever-changing tapestry of scenery and colours, set against a dramatic coastal backdrop will take your breath away – making it the perfect place for a leisurely tour.

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Slemish

minutes from the hotel

With its unmistakable profile rising above the surrounding plain, this extinct volcano has always captivated visitors. Slemish is famous as the location where, according to legend, Saint Patrick tended sheep for six years after being captured and taken to Ireland. From a car park with interpretation, there is a looped walk ascending to the summit – a popular pilgrimage walk on Saint Patrick’s Day each year

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Dark Hedges

20 minutes from the hotel

This iconic archway of intertwining beech trees has become one of our most photographed natural phenomena. It was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century to impress visitors approaching the entrance to their Georgian mansion. Today the site is perhaps best known as a filming location in HBO’s Game of Thrones®; it doubled as The King’s Road in Season Two of the epic series

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Bushmills Distillery

40 minutes from the hotel

Take a guided tour through the heart of Ireland’s oldest working distillery, its original grant signed by King James I in 1608. The finest Irish whiskeys have been produced here for over 400 years, using the same traditional methods and the water from the distillery’s own stream. Take in the sights and smells, enjoy tutored tastings and relax with a whiskey (or soft drink) in the 1608 Bar at the end of your tour, before browsing the excellent gift shop

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Titanic Visitor Centre

20 minutes from the hotel

Titanic Belfast extends over nine interactive galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic.

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Carrick Rede Rope Bridge

25 minutes from the hotel

Take the exhilarating rope bridge challenge across to tiny Carrick-a-Rede island (a Site of Special Scientific Interest) and enjoy a truly cliff-top experience. Set amid unrivalled scenery on the North Antrim Coast, the 30-metre deep and 20-metre wide chasm is traversed by a rope bridge that was traditionally erected by Salmon fishermen. It’s a bit more sturdy these days but there’s still only one way off the island – back across the swinging bridge!

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Rathlin Island

40 minutes from the hotel

20 Miles from the hotel

Rathlin Island is Northern Ireland’s only inhabited offshore island and home to a spectacular array of wildlife located five miles north of Ballycastle on the North Antrim Coast. With the re-opening of the RSPB Seabird Centre and first time access to the Rathlin West Lighthouse, it’s an unique visitor experience not to be missed

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Arthur Cottage

10 minutes from the hotel

Arthur Cottage is the ancestral home of Chester Alan Arthur, 21st President of the United States of America. The Cottage is situated in the heart of County Antrim, only a short walk from the village of Cullybackey and 4 miles from Ballymena town.The cottage is open from 11.00am – 4.00pm every Saturday in August and September.

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Seamus Heaney Home

25 minutes from the hotel


We look forward to welcoming you to Seamus Heaney HomePlace; a home for inspiration, echoing the life, literature and legacy of Seamus Heaney.
HomePlace opened on Friday 30 September 2016.
When you visit the Seamus Heaney HomePlace you will not be too far away from a heritage trail, heritage site, visitor centre or park. Explore the district and discover what notable ancestors we have, follow in the footsteps of artists, writers and presidents or marvel at some of the wondrous work left behind from people who walked our countryside thousands of years ago.

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