Crosskeys Inn

The Crosskeys Inn is the oldest thatched pub in Northern Ireland - if not the whole of Ireland! Crosskeys Inn is also one of Ireland's most famous Irish Traditional Music Pubs. Musicians from all over Ireland have at one time or another played within (and outside) its walls.

It is a stone-built cottage with whitewashed walls and was once a Coaching Stop on the old Belfast to Derry road. It was also a shop which sold everything for a rural community in the old times (see some of the receipts on the walls), a Post Office and of course a Bar. The pub has been confirmed by Queens University using Radiocarbon dating as being built in 1654.

Irish music sessions are held most Saturday nights with impromptu sessions on some Fridays and Sundays.

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The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Ballymena Tourist Information Centre "The Braid"
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