Mini guide to Antrim
Antrim is a historical town with some quality attractions located in the county
of the same name on the north eastern shore of Lough Neagh, the largest body of
water in the British Isles. Antrim is popular year round and is also known for
its excellent shopping.
The city of Antrim is best known for the Round Tower that was built by monks
in the 10th century to keep out the Vikings, while the 17th century Antrim Castle
and its gardens are also a major highlight. With the castle reduced to ruins,
it is the gardens that are the main sight with their ornamental forms, pond
The city itself doesn't have that much to keep visitors attention, yet it does
boast Northern Ireland's largest shopping centre and the popular Lough Shore
Park. There are plenty of activities and attractions here including Sunday Band
Concerts in the summer as well as areas of relaxation.
Northern Ireland's largest shopping centre, Junction One is just outside the
town and has all manner of products, while cyclists and joggers will have plenty
of opportunity for exercise around the shore of Lough Neagh. The many cafés,
restaurants and bars in the town provide sustenance in relaxed settings.
County Antrim is one of diverse landscapes with lush forests, gushing rivers
and a picturesque coastline and is perhaps most famed for the spectacular Giants
Causeway on the north coast. The ancestral home of the 21st US president, Ballymena
is just to the north of Antrim, while vibrant Belfast is just to the south.
The M2 motorway and Antrim-East exit provide access to Antrim, while Translink
trains and buses run regular services to Dublin and Belfast. A bus/train Translink
combination leaves from Dublin International Airport, via Dublin and Belfast
harbour every two hours, while Belfast International Airport is just south of
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