Antrim Castle Gardens
First stop, Antrim Castle Gardens. The 17th-century Anglo-Dutch Gardens are filled with botanical beauty and rich heritage. Stroll through the garden's magnificent features such as; the 12th-century motte, Parterre, Victorian Pleasure Garden, and the Platinum Jubilee Garden. Within the heart of the gardens you will find Cloth-worthy House, where you can discover more about the gardens fantastic legacy.
Barbican Gate Lodge
When leaving Antrim Castle Gardens, you will arrive at Barbican Gate. In 1813, Antrim Castle was extensively remodeled and in 1818, the gate was created as the final stage in this process, forming the main entrance from the town. There are many quality local restaurants surroundings this area, which makes it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before continuing your adventure!
Your next stop is a National Trust Heritage Sight, Templetown Mausoleum. Discover the history of the graveyard of Castle Upton, this family mausoleum in the shape of a triumphal arch was designed and built by the renowned Scottish neoclassical architect Robert Adam.
Late Lunch at Sleepy Hollow
Treat yourself to a delicious lunch a Sleepy Hollow, located in a peaceful little spot of the Newtownabbey countryside. Sleepy Hollow aim to use only local produce and focus on what is in season. They cook simply, creating imaginative and honest Irish food, their good relationships with local suppliers make sure that they have the highest quality ingredients for all their dishes.
Disover the history of Whiteabbey village and the story of King William of Orange, at the Whitehouse. Located on the edge of Belfast Lough in Hazelbank Park and is over 400 years old. This historic building has been restored into a beautiful visitor centre and multi-purpose space which tells the story of the Williamite and Jacobite Wars. A guided tour of the building can be booked in advance or visitors can take in the surroundings at their leisure.
To round off your trip, visit The Coronation Garden designed by award-winning gardener Diarmuid Gavin. The Garden is a floral tapestry with classical architecture style, planted in a pollinator friendly and sustainable way reflecting some of the great loves of His Royal Highness King Charles III.