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Antrim Garden Trail

It’s not all rugged coastal beauty, myths of giants and golf in County Antrim – this little part of Northern Ireland is home to a series of special gardens all with a unique and individual offer.


The Antrim Garden Trail includes some of the most distinguished public and private gardens whose discovery will be the highlight of many a garden tour or afternoon out.

Some of the gardens are open to the public with specific opening days and times, while others are open by appointment. All the information relating to opening times, contact details and locations for the gardens, can be accessed on or gardens can be contacted by telephone. Individual visitors as well as groups are welcome, however larger groups should book in advance to avoid disappointment. In some cases special tours and refreshments can be arranged at an additional charge. 

Antrim Garden Trail Garden Festival Events - For the first time, Antrim Garden Trail is pleased to organise a Festival of Garden Events throughout the month of May 2015, check out our Garden Festival & Events section for more information.

> Click here to download the Antrim Garden Trail Leaflet (PDF, 4.2Mb)

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Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House, Antrim

Antrim Castle Gardens is an absolute historical gem. You will find nothing like these 400 year old gardens anywhere else in Northern Ireland.

Carnfunnock Country Park, Ballygally, Larne

Packed full of fun family activities and attractions, Carnfunnock Country Park offers over 191 hectares of mixed woodland, colourful gardens, way-marked walks and spectacular coastline, with panoramic views of the Antrim Coast and North Channel.

Benvarden Garden, Ballymoney

This historic estate has been in existence since 1630s, making it one of the oldest in Northern Ireland. It has been in the ownership of the Montgomery family since 1798.The garden and grounds may be used for wedding photography by prior arrangement.

Belfast Botanic Gardens and Palm House, Belfast

First established in 1828, the gardens have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895. There is an extensive rose garden and long herbaceous borders and the tree enthusiast can seek out the rare oaks planted in the 1880s.

Ballyrobert Cottage Garden and Nursery, Ballyclare

Ballyrobert Cottage Garden is a beautiful and unique Ulster cottage garden. The garden, extending to 6 acres, is designed around a historic 17th century landscape, with the original cottage and barn being key features.

Kilcoan Gardens, Islandmagee, Larne

The gardens are situated within the peninsula of Islandmagee, with beautiful views over Larne Lough and include a cottage garden, orchard, vegetable area and herb garden.

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