In 1813, Antrim Castle was extensively remodelled and in 1818, the Barbican Gate was created as the final stage in this process, forming the main entrance from the town.
Built in a similar style to the castle, it bears a number of interesting architectural features, including its fine battlement and neo-Tudor twin towers, which frame a great Tudor arch. Both the Gate and the Castle are believed to have been designed by the same architect, John Bowden of Dublin.
The Barbican Gate fell into disrepair after years of neglect, but in 2005, major repairs were undertaken by the Council and it has now been restored to its former glory.
Visits by appointment only.