Lough Shore Park is an area steeped in history and natural beauty with many attractions and activities to enjoy.
The Park is a magnet for those seeking relaxation by the water's edge. The attractive surroundings make it the ideal spot to spend a few hours enjoying a picnic, feeding the swans or walking along the many pathways. There are two slipways, one for jetskis and the other for boats and canoes, which provide access to the Lough.
GATEWAY VISITOR CENTRE
Following £2.3m investment in the Antrim Loughshore area, The Gateway is officially open for business!
Make sure you drop by on your next visit to Antrim and enjoy the panoramic views of Lough Neagh whilst sampling freshly cooked dishes at The Boathouse Restaurant which is part of the Gateway development. Their menu features a range of seafood dishes, proper fish and chip classics, authentic wood fired pizza and more! The Boathouse will be open for lunch and dinner for further information visit https://www.boathouseantrim.co.uk/
The project, part funded by DAERA and Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership is also home to Lough Neagh Rescue. The Gateway equips volunteers with top class facilities to help them deliver their invaluable service to users of waterway. The space has been designed to specifically meet the needs of this rescue service offering a prime location with full sight of and direct access to the Lough.
An exhibition space tells the story of the Lough and its influence on our past, present, and future. The sights and sounds will excite and enthuse all ages and the learning experience reflects five key themes around the Lough: Legends, Life, Living, Lives and Links.
A magnificent sculpture has been erected at the Park called ‘The Protector of The Lough’. Its form and silhouette is cut clear against the horizon, and Finn is instantly recognisable from far across the water celebrating the Lough, the land, and our heritage.
Within a few minutes’ walk is Antrim Castle Gardens, a historical gem with features such as the Large Parterre, Her Ladyship’s Pleasure Garden and Yew Tree Pond. Within the heart of the Gardens is a unique visitor experience, the refurbished Clotworthy House. Visit the Garden Heritage Exhibition where you can read about the history of the Gardens and the story of the Massereene family. There’s also something for the four legged residents of the Borough, with the new dog park at Deer Park Bridge!
The Council owns and operates the Six Mile Water Caravan Park (5 star), located at the Antrim Lough Shore Park, which has 37 touring pitches and 8 tent pitches. With its central location, modern on-site utilities and its close proximity to Larne and Belfast harbours, the caravan park is an ideal base for visitors touring not only the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey, but all of Northern Ireland.
Antrim Lough Shore Park also includes a nautical themed play area opened in Summer 2018 which is accessible to children of all abilities.
Summer opening hours: 8am to 9.30pm
Winter opening hours: 8.30am to 7.30pm