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Mini guide to Ballymena


Known as the 'City of the Seven Towers', Ballymena is located at the foot of the Antrim Mountains in Northern Ireland and is a thriving market and shopping town. Ancestral home of the 21st US president, Ballymena also hosts the largest two-day agricultural show in Ireland and has some notable old buildings.

The old home of former US president, Chester Alan Arthur, lies just outside Ballymena and many visitors come here to see the restored 18th century farmhouse. The People's Park is another major highlight, a five-hectare swathe of land offering places where you can relax and plenty of activities, with its children's playground and sports facilities offering golf, football and tennis.

Nowadays, the town only sports three towers and the architectural focus is the 1920s Town Hall, built on the site of the Old Market House, which is the venue for many spectacles throughout the year including the Arts Festival in October. The other major sight in town is Morrow's Shop Museum which retells Ballymena's history and is situated beside the Town Hall.

There are two huge shopping centres in Ballymena, the Tower and Fairhill centres, as well as numerous local traders, high street chains and the Saturday market located behind the new cinema. For further entertainment, Ballymena has a huge leisure centre and a multiplex cinema.

Not far from Ballymena is the 1,500 feet high volcanic mountain, Slemish Mountain, which is ideal for picnics and panoramic views, while the colourful villages of Gracehill and Broughshane are well worth a look. To the north of Ballymena are the must-see Giants Causeway rock formations and to the south is picturesque Lough Neagh.

Ballymena is fed by the M2 motorway and A26 from Belfast and trains depart just under every two hours from various stops in Belfast, while Translink buses leave every 30 minutes. Translink bus/train combination transfers leave from Dublin International Airport every two hours and go via Dublin and Belfast. Belfast International Airport is the nearest air terminal to Ballymena.

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