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Battle of Antrim Walking Tour

Fri 7th June - Sat 8th June 11:00 am - 6:30pm Adm: £11.50

Fri 7th June - Sat 8th June 11:00 am - 6:30pm Adm: £11.50

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This 1 hour, 30 minute walking tour is taken by local public historian Stephen McCracken. Beginning at Pogues Entry, you will discover the history of the location and what it represented in 1798.

From here, you will walk in the footsteps of the United Irishmen and make your way down to All Saints Anglican Church where Stephen will talk about the United Irish columns entering the town from Templepatrick/Donegore, and who is in charge.

In the Churchyard, hear details of the battle as the cannons opened up on the failed cavalry charge tasked with quickly dispersing Jimmy Hopes Spartan Brigade. The tour will then take you down to The Old Court House with a commentary of what happened throughout the walk, including where James Clements grabbed Lord O`Neil where he received his pike wound. 

Entering the Barbican gate, the tour will end at the Antrim Castle battlements rising above the town, where Stephen will discuss folklore and other logistics of the Battle. 

Other Details

  • Participants must be able to walk for up to 2 hours over flat ground however a half-day, guided bus tour covering the sites is also available
  • We often will use a state-of-the-art personal radio system for tour groups however often the personal touch is best
  • The tour is wheelchair/mobility scooter friendly, and dog friendly (all dogs to be kept on leads)

About the Tour Guide

Stephen McCracken is a local Public Historian with a number of publications under his belt. He is a regular contributor to the Antrim Guardian and a number of other news publications. Stephen moved to Antrim in 2010 and has been actively delivering history tours ever since.