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.

CARNFUNNOCK COUNTRY PARK

Carnfunnock Country Park offers over 191 hectares of mixed woodland, colourful gardens and spectacular coastline, with panoramic views of the Antrim Coast and North Channel. It was the former home of the Agnew, Chaine and Dixon families.

The walled garden with its unique sundials and wooden sculptures is open all year round along with a maritime themed outdoor adventure playground, golf driving range and academy, way-marked walks, orienteering course, geocaching, wildlife garden, public toilets and picnic sites. Original estate features also remain including the Icehouse and Lime Kilns.

From March / April to October there are attractions to suit all ages: a maze in the shape of Northern Ireland, a family fun zone with miniature railway, bouncy castle, bungee run, remote control boats / trucks, bungee trampolines, WOW balls and 18 hole mini golf course; a children’s activity centre with snack stop, outdoor games including putting, table tennis, giant chess and draughts; face painting and glitter tattoos; a touring caravan park and camp site; 9 hole golf course; barbecue areas and a modern visitor centre with gift shop and coffee shop. Carnfunnock also has a comprehensive and varied annual programme of events running from Easter to October.

Opening Times

The general Country Park is open daily: Spring / Summer: 09:00 – dusk (21.00 July-August); and Autumn / Winter: 09.00 – 16.30 (Closed Christmas Day) Detailed opening hours are available online at their website www.carnfunnock.co.uk. However certain park activities operate seasonal hours and are weather permitting so please phone in advance of your visit.

Cost

For further details visit www.carnfunnock.co.uk

Address

Coast Road, Ballygally BT40 2QG

Contact Details

Tel: (028) 2827 0541 Email: emma.morrow@midandeastantrim.gov.uk Website: www.carnfunnock.co.uk https://shapedbyseaandstone.com/index.php/attraction/carnfunnock-country-park

OLDERFLEET CASTLE

The ruins of Olderfleet Castle stand on the Curran Point facing Larne Lough. It is suggested that it was built by a Scottish family called Bissett of Glenarm circa 1250, others say it was built by the Vikings some 300 years earlier. The name Larne Lough was known to the Vikings as Ulfried’s Fjord through the years changing to Olderfleet. Although known as Olderfleet, these remains are actually thought to be those of Curran Castle. The tower house was built in the 1500s.

When Edward the Bruce invaded Ireland (1315) he was welcomed by the Bissetts at Curran Castle. As a result it was seized by the crown to guard against another Scottish invasion. The MacDonnells later Earls of Antrim repeatedly tried to reclaim it. In 1621 it was granted to Sir Arthur Chichester and remained the property of that family until William Agnew obtained a permanent lease of the Crran in 1823. James Chaine purchased the lease in 1865. Over the years the Castle remained in its ruined state. In 1938 it was handed to the Ancient Monuments Division who are the present owners (EHSNI). What remains of the Castle is a four-storey tower with pairs of gun loops in the basement.

Opening Times

Open All Year

Cost

Free

Address

Coastguard Road Larne BT40 1AU

Contact Details

T: (028) 9082 3207 E: scmenquiries@communities-ni.gov.uk   Visit: https://shapedbyseaandstone.com/index.php/attraction/olderfleet-castle
Arthur Cottage

ARTHUR COTTAGE & INTERPRETATIVE CENTRE

The ancestral home of Chester Alan Arthur, the 21st President of the United States of America is situated in the heart of country Antrim, only a short walk from the village of Cullybackey. Enter the carefully restored cottage, be transported to a bygone era and see how the Arthur family lived in the late 18th century. Follow the story of the Arthur family and trace the link from a rural village in Northern Ireland to the American President.

Arthur Cottage provides an educational experience for all ages. Local ladies dressed in period costume will give demonstrations of soda bread and pancakes made from traditional recipes over an open fire providing an insight into life in Ireland over the last 200 years. You can not only enjoy the demonstration but also sample the pancakes and soda bread straight from the griddle.

Enter this carefully restored cottage where the interior is decorated as a traditional cottage with a dresser, settle bed, crockery, iron pots and griddles. There is also a bedroom which has been carefully restored. The centre of the cottage is impressive with an open turf fire and stone hearth.

Visitors from right around the world have already passed through Arthur Cottage, enjoying both its authentic ambience and the opportunity to brush up on a fascinating period of history.

During the summer season events will be held including music evenings when you can along, listen and enjoy traditional music, storytelling etc. The facility is used by school groups, historical groups, women’s institutes, pure holiday visitors, general public and can be utilised for craft demonstrations, Halloween and Christmas events etc.

Opening Times

Restricted opening hours. June - September Friday and Saturday 11:00 - 15:00 Outside these hours please phone Ballymena VIC for further details and group bookings.

Cost


Address

21A Dreen Road Cullybackey Ballymena BT42 1EB

Contact Details

T:(028) 2563 5010 E: tic.reception@midandeastantrim.gov.uk Visit: https://shapedbyseaandstone.com/index.php/attraction/arthur-cottage-and-interpretative-centre
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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the decision has been made to close The Gobbins Cliff Path. There will be no further tours and the Visitor Centre will be closed from Friday 20 March 2020, until further notice.

At this time, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is of paramount importance and this decision has been made in line with the UK Government and Public Health Agency guidance.

If you have booked a tour online, this will be refunded within the next 7 days. Please contact the Guest Relations team if you made an offline booking, or if you have any other queries:

E: info@thegobbinscliffpath.com
T: 028 9337 2318

We would like to thank all our followers for your support and we look forward to showcasing this amazing experience again in the future, once the situation improves.

For the very latest coronavirus advice, please follow the guidance from the UK Government: bit.ly/2wWU9Wq and Public Health Agency: bit.ly/2WgKzbv.

 



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