Antrim Castle Gardens and Clotworthy House
Antrim Castle Gardens are of the most unique and historically intact gardens in the UK and throughout Ireland.
The Gardens, which won the Special Award in the 2012 Tranlink Ulster in Bloom competition, and Clotworthy complex offer a beautiful location close to Antrim town centre for a stroll, a coffee or the opportunity to experience a variety of exhibitions, courses and classes which can be BOOKED ONLINE .
They are a complex living museum containing over four centuries of culture and heritage alongside remnants of the Masereene family dynasty. The original location of Antrim Castle has now been integrated within the wider garden landscape in a contemporary and innovative way.
For visitors, local, national and international, Antrim Castle Gardens is a destination like no other which is becoming a firm favourite in a short space of time. Read what visitors are saying about the Gardens on Tripadvisor.
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Work may be ongoing in the Gardens restricting access to some areas including those that may be in use for private bookings. Dogs on leads and cyclists are welcome with the exception of the Large Parterre, Ancient Motte and Her Ladyship's Pleasure Garden.
Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House Events Guide Winter 2013
Opening Times & Admission
Open daily except 1 January, 12 July, 25 & 26 December and 31 December.
Hire of Facilities
A range of individual rooms for conferencing, meetings, workshops and events are available for hire at reasonable rates.
A number of outdoor spaces including the inner courtyard, events field and the Large Parterre are also available to hire for special events.
The Oriel Gallery
A state of the art gallery has been created in the former Long Barn and features a year round programme of exhibitions.
Garden Heritage Exhibition
This display, within Clotworthy House, details the history of the gardens and tells the story of the Massereene family and how their lives intertwined with the development of Antrim town and the surrounding area. The display is illustrated by a range of archive materials, some of which have never been on public display before.
The Eyre Studio features a ‘Nature Roof’ covered in sedum.
This innovative roof design improves air quality in the immediate environment and also helps to insulate the building, reduces heat loss and provides an interesting solution for improving the acoustic qualities of the interior studio space.
The Garden Coffee Shop
The visitor experience at Clotworthy House has been enhanced by a new, on-site coffee shop operated by our catering partner, Castle Catering Ltd. The coffee shop is open daily serving quality refreshments, snacks and meals. Indoor seating is available for up to 60 people and during the summer months outdoor seating is provided in the adjacent courtyard area. Bespoke hospitality can be booked for conferences, weddings, events and private functions.
Visitor Gift Shop
With the focus on gardening, our shop stocks a range of exciting gifts from homeware to jewellery, greetings cards and publications. We also stock books on garden history, design, heritage plants and pioneer gardens. The shop maintains the Council's standards on sourcing Fairtrade products and also supports local producers, craft makers and organic growers.
Civil Wedding Ceremonies
The Oriel Gallery and Massereene Room at Clotworthy House have been approved for civil wedding ceremonies.
For enquiries on civil ceremonies please contact the Registrar T. 028 9446 1315
There is level access throughout Clotworthy House.
The building complex features lifts to all first floor areas, accessible toilets including a new 'Changing Places' facility, dedicated disabled parking bays and baby changing facilities. Measures have been taken in the garden to improve access throughout the path network.