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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The Gobbins path will be open for the summer season, Council Confirms.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has announced that the internationally-unique coastal path at The Gobbins will re-open at the end of June, just in time for peak visitor season.

The Gobbins closed unexpectedly last year, when extreme weather conditions caused higher levels of rock fall along the path. Council brought forward its programme of planned maintenance in the interests of visitor and staff safety, which it says are paramount.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim , Councillor Audrey Wales MBE outlined what has been happening in Islandmagee over recent months: “We were very disappointed last year to miss our first peak season due to the unavoidable closure. Our visitor figures had already well exceeded our targets for the period and out feedback worldwide had been, and continues to be, extremely positive.

“The Gobbins is an outstanding natural and sometimes unpredictable attraction and the only guided adventure walk of its kind in Europe. Over recent months we have been working to dislodge loose rock through scaling and the majority of that work is complete. We have been looking at options for the areas around the ends of the bridges, to ensure that they aren’t damaged during the scaling process and we will now move to complete that element of the maintenance work.

“Council had budgeted around £2 million for its maintenance work, which included work to restore the access path following Storm Frank in 2015. We have spent about a quarter of the budget to date, so the next phase to get The Gobbins open represents a significant investment in growing local economy in Mid and East Antrim through creation of sustainable jobs and tourism. Mid and East Antrim has a fantastic range of tourist attractions, from Carrickfergus Castle to Slemish mountain and we have been committed, together with our partners in Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland, to promoting all our assets on a world stage.

“The Gobbins is so special within Europe. It sits within an area of Special Scientific Interest on account of its wildlife and habitats. It is one of the only mainland sites in Ireland where puffins nest and as such we will always be restricted by the bird nesting season. We will be unable to open a small section at the end of the 2 km path in time for June because of the environmental sensitivities within this area and the associated Planning restrictions, but we will work on those areas during the off-peak season later in the year. Seasonal opening will be a feature of The Gobbins going forward and will be necessary in order for Council to carry out its annual cliff maintenance work off-peak.

“We’re very excited to have a re-opening date confirmed. Booking lines will be open again early in May and we look forward to bringing people back to The Gobbins and to Mid and East Antrim for an exhilarating and exciting raw experience with nature” she said.

 

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