There has been a castle at Glenarm since the 13th century, where it resides at the heart of one of Northern Ireland's oldest estates. The present castle was built by Sir Randal MacDonnell, 1st Earl of Antrim, in 1636, and it has remained in the family since its construction. It is currently owned by Randal, Viscount Dunluce, the son of Alexander McDonnell, 9th Earl of Antrim. The McDonnells have been in Glenarm for nearly 600 years and the Estate has been in the family for 400 years.

The Castle's Walled Garden is open to the public between May and September and hosts many events.



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Founded: 1636
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Keith Roper (3 years ago)
Fascinating tour round the family home. Highly decorated with unique art work. The estate grounds and Glenarm forest are well worth exploring.
Phillip Jenkins (3 years ago)
Fantastic place to visit at anytime of the year with it chilled atmosphere and the beautiful tea rooms at the walled garden. On top of this there are many events on throughout the year which are lots of fun for all, both young and old.
Stan Bruce (3 years ago)
Beautiful place with stunning scenery, the castle is a wonderful backdrop for photography. We had an added bonus of seeing and hands on falconry with Dave and his falcon Charlie, added wow factor. Highly recommend the restaurant and shop.
Tanith Hamm (3 years ago)
Beautiful gardens, great restaurant with delicious food! We will be back to see the castle gardens in full bloom in summer and autumn. The nearby town is beautiful too and there are some amazing parks right next to the sea for the kids to play in. A real gem of a place
a om (3 years ago)
Nice place to stop in for lunch or tea. We just had tea and some delicious cheesecake. The lunches looked amazing though... the steak sandwich made our mouths water!
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