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.
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 TimesThe Country Park is open daily: Spring / Summer 9.00am - dusk (9.00pm July - August) and Autumn / Winter 9.00am - 4.30pm (Closed Christmas Day)
CostFor further details visit www.carnfunnock.co.uk
AddressCoast Road, Ballygally BT40 2QG
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 TimesOpen All Year
AddressShip St, Larne
Contact DetailsLarne Visitor Information Centre: Tel: 0300 124 5000 e: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: Larne Visitor Information Centre, Narrow Gauge Road, Larne BT40 1XB
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.