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.

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 Country Park is open daily:  Spring / Summer 9.00am - dusk (9.00pm July - August) and Autumn / Winter 9.00am - 4.30pm (Closed Christmas Day)

Cost

For further details visit www.carnfunnock.co.uk

Address

Coast Road, Ballygally BT40 2QG

Contact Details

Tel: (028) 2827 0541 Email: carnfunnock@midandeastantrim.gov.uk Website: www.carnfunnock.co.uk

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

Ship St, Larne

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
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

For further details phone Ballymena Visitor Information Centre 028 25635010

Cost

For further details phone Ballymena Visitor Information Centre 028 25635010

Address

Arthur Cottage, Dreen Road, Cullybackey BT42 1AB

Contact Details

Application forms for a group visit can be obtained by contacting Ballymena Visitor Information Centre on 028 25635010
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Booking is OPEN now

 

Welcome to The Gobbins….

 The Gobbins Path will reopen on the Saturday 28th April 2018, tours are now available for booking via our booking tab.

Our visitor Centre is open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm and the Café is open daily from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

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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