Historical Castles and Gardens
Like historical castles and green gardens and estates?
The Causeway Coast and Glens is an area steeped in history and legend, with historical castles and gardens to match. The locations are just as impressive, set against some breathtaking scenic backdrops. From castle-ruins on dramatic cliff tops to glorious green gardens and estates steeped in history, there's a castle and garden to suit all tastes.
Find your perfect castle:
#1 History behind ruins
There is so much rich history behind Dunluce Castle which is the real gem, and it has a location to match, located dramatically close to a headland that plunges straight into the sea along the North Antrim Coast. Dunseverick Castle has also attracted great interest over the years with its connections to Saint Patrick and Kinbane Castle is another little known jewel in the Causeway Coast & Glens area - a secluded ruin at the bottom of a steep cliff face it commands excellent views of the surrounding coastline.
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#2 Castles & Estates to explore
Glenarm Castle which is a place of outstanding natural beauty has a long interesting history dating back as far as the 13th Century. Galgorm Castle is another attraction that is steeped rich in history. Now one of Ireland's finest Championship Golf courses it has a rich and colourful history to be explored with mysterious stories to be uncovered. Galgorm Castle also have a bar and restaurant offering a high standard of cuisine and service in the most idyllic surroundings overlooking the course. So whether you fancy a round of golf at Galgorm or some afternoon tea at Glenarm, the Causeway Coast & Glens will be sure to accommodate you.
#3 Haunted Castles
Perched on the tip of the famous Causeway Coastal Route sits Ballygally Castle, a stunning 17th century castle which overlooks the golden sands of Ballygally bay. However this is no ordinary castle but one that is haunted by the ghost of Lady Isobella who has resided there for the past 400 years. She is reputed to be a 'friendly' ghost and there is even a room named after her called 'The Ghost Room' . You can find out more about this intriguing castle and many others in Northern Ireland by going to our Haunted Heritage section.
#4 Rent a Castle
Do you fancy becoming a Lord or Lady of your own castle for a day, week or more? You could have the personal services of chefs, bar tenders, waiters and housekeepers at Dungiven Castle for any occasion! The ancestral home of O'Cahan clan between the 12th & 17th Century is immersed in 22 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and boasts spectacular views across the Sperrin mountains.
#5 Walled Gardens
If you love exploring historic houses and glorious gardens the Causeway Coast & Glens have so much to offer with their Walled Gardens dating back as far the 17th & 18th Centuries. Glenarm Walled Garden is one of the oldest in Ireland dating back as far as the 18th Century. It is an historical hidden delight, a centre of horticultural excellence filled with exciting flowers and specimen plants to interest the keenest garden enthusiast.
Download the Key 2 Glenarm App and unlock the story of Glenarm.
Benvarden Walled Garden at Benvarden Garden Estate was built in the 1630's by the Montgomery family since 1798, transformed by the Montgomery family in the late 18th Century into a woodland and rose garden with a 12-foot high wall. The garden is filled with herbaceous and mixed borders, a fish pond and rose beds radiating from the pond.
The beautiful grounds of Carnfunnock Walled Garden are themed to include a flower garden, scented walkway, heather, rock and water garden. Its protective high brick walls create a sheltered microclimate for growing a wide collection of plants from all over the world.
#6 Memorial Gardens
The Robert Dunlop Memorial was opened by Ballymoney Borough Council in May 2010 and was designed to adjoin the neighbouring Memorial Garden which honours his brother Joey Dunlop. The beautiful garden features a polished granite obelisk that lists Robert's many achievements and a bronze sculpture showing Robert triumphant after his 1998 Isle of Man TT victory, this was unveiled in 2011.