NEARBYATTRACTIONS

We've put together a list of nearby attractions within The Gobbins area. We are confident that you, your family and friends will have a memorable time with us. Thank you for visiting and enjoy!

From the Gobbins team.

JACOBEAN KNOT GARDEN

Located adjacent to the Town Wall at Joymount, this delightful garden has been designed to recreate the formal Jacobean Knot Garden of Joymount Palace, the home of Sir Arthur Chichester. Chichester was responsible for the successful Plantation Policy of settling Carrickfergus with English and lowland Scots settlers. He supervised the building of the stone Town Wall in 1608, built Joymount Palace as his home and St. Nicholas Parish Church was redesigned in 1614 to accommodate his family chapel and crypt. A mural in the archway depicts Sir Arthur walking in the garden. Visitors can walk through the garden into the adjoining Shaftesbury Park.

Opening Times

Open All Year

Cost

Free

Address

Joymount, CARRICKFERGUS BT38 7DN

Contact Details

Carrickfergus Tourist Information Centre & Museum
11 Antrim Street
Carrickfergus County Antrim
BT38 7DG
Tel:030012450000

CHAINE MEMORIAL TOWER

The Tower stands on the western side of Larne Lough at the entrance to the harbour and can be seen by visitors coming in by sea. it can safely be reached from the shore by a narrow walkway.

The Tower is a replica of an Irish Round Tower built in 1887 to a design by a well-known local architect. The Tower stands 27m high and 7.5m wide at base. it is constructed with squared Annalong granite, The Tower was built in memory of James Chaine who contributed much to the development of Larne Harbour. After a request from Mariners the tower was converted into a lighthouse by the Commissioners of Irish Lights in March 1899 and has stood like a sentinel over the Lough for well over a hundred years.

Opening Times

Open All Year  

Cost

Free

Address

Chaine Memorial Road Larne BT40 1AD

Contact Details

Larne Visitor Information Centre: Tel: 0300 124 5000 e: lticreception@midandeastantrim.gov.uk​ Address: Larne Visitor Information Centre, Narrow Gauge Road, Larne BT40 1XB

LARNE MUSUEM AND ARTS CENTRE

Housed in the former Carnegie Free Library, Larne Museum and Arts Centre boasts one permanent and one temporary exhibition gallery, an auditorium and an education room. The Museum charts Larne Borough’s maritime, agricultural, industrial and social history through a range of exhibits and interactive features. The temporary gallery plays host to a wide variety of exhibitions each year including historic, costume and art exhibitions. The building is also home to Larne Drama Circle and Larne Art Club who hold club meetings and classes during the season from September to March. There are also a number of events held throughout the year, which can include murder mystery evenings, launches, musical evenings and art workshops etc.

Opening Times

Open Monday - Friday, 10.00am - 4.30pm

Holiday Closing 2016

The museum will be closed on the following dates:   Thursday 17th March, Friday 25th March - Tuesday 29th March, Monday 2nd May, Monday 30th May, Tuesday 12th - Wednesday 13th July, Monday 29th August and Monday 26th - Tuesday 27th December.  


Cost

Free

Address

2 Victoria Road, Larne BT40 1RN

Contact Details

Tel: (028) 2827 9482 Email: marian.kelso@midandeastantrim.gov.uk   Visit: www.larnemuseumandartscentre.co.uk
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Booking Temporarily Closed

 

Welcome to The Gobbins….

The Gobbins Path is currently CLOSED until Spring 2018. However our visitor Centre is open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm and the Café is open daily from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

Further updates on The Gobbins Path and its re-opening will be provided here and also on our social media sites.

Please contact us on 028 9337 2318 or email info@thegobbinscliffpath.com if you would like further details.

 


A spectacular location where you can truly escape everyday life and experience nature at its most elemental. During your amazing 2.5 hour fully guided walking tour you may even taste the sea salt on your lips, feel the Irish Sea wind, marvel at tales of local smugglers, witness the native sea birds and keep your eyes open for some dolphins swimming off the rugged coastline. The Gobbins experience will take you along a narrow path hugging the dramatic cliff face; across spectacular bridges amid the crashing waves of the North Channel; traversing hidden Tunnels under the Irish Sea; up and down rugged staircases carved into the cliff face and into caves that were once home to smugglers and privateers.

The Gobbins visitor centre is the start of your adventure and where you will meet your guide for your adventure, please remember to bring along your booking confirmation. The centre hosts a fabulous interactive exhibition telling the history of The Gobbins Path, its flora and fauna, and the story of how the path was reborn. Guests with young children or with reduced mobility are welcome to browse our gift shop, enjoy a coffee in The Gobbins Cafe, or enjoy the outdoor children’s play and picnic area. You may also avail of the free car parking located at the Visitor Centre. We understand that The Gobbins Path may not be suitable for everyone and details are contained on our booking page.

The Gobbins Path was masterminded by the Irish railway engineer, Berkley Dean Wise as an incredible tourist attraction. The path originally opened in 1902 and was later abandoned in the 1960’s until an investment of over £7.5 million brought about its rebirth in 2015.

 

The Gobbins Experience

The Gobbins Path is an arduous trek that is often narrow and uneven, accessed by a very steep pathway. Due to the nature of the rugged coastal location suitable outdoor clothing and walking boots or shoes are essential. Without exception, all guests must wear a safety helmet whilst experiencing The Gobbins. To enjoy The Gobbins a good level of fitness is needed. You must be fit enough to climb 50 flights of stairs and walk a very steep 1 in 5 gradient.



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