Glenarm Castle

Glenarm, United Kingdom

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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Matthew Harwood (4 months ago)
A nice looking castle, you cannot get to the main castle unless it is on a special open day as it is still currently inhabited by a family. There are nice grounds surrounding it and at Christmas there is a nice market and seasonal events going on as well.
Helena Zalewska (5 months ago)
Such a wonderful place for a trip to Santa's grotto in December. Trip around the castle is well thought out and planned with a lot of activities for little ones. Highly recommend and will be back
Mrs Q (9 months ago)
Took my son to the Land Rover experience and it was excellent. A great course for him to drive around for 45 minutes. The grounds are lovely with a few boutique shops with some really nice clothing and unique products and jewelry. Highly recommend.
Cathal Lyons (afootandahalf) (9 months ago)
The grounds are beautiful and they have many boutique amd craft shops. The castle is well hidden with the tress but it looks lovely. We must have taken an hour in the gardens alone, there are benches to sit and relax. Very peaceful and quiet the day we went.
Jacinta King (10 months ago)
Beautiful residence of the present Earl & family. Had a tour of the Castle by George the House Butler who knew the history of the estate inside out and treated us to intriguing interesting little stories of the previous residents and family members! Had us all laughing. King Charles visited after his coronation. Amazing gardens (wall garden included) with beautiful flowers and little water feature in the centre. Lots to see and do here. Pizzeria and tea house as well as ice cream shop. Fantastic local produce for sale including beef and salmon reared on the estate as well as local honey. A hive of industry really with a milk parlour, a clothes shop, heritage centre for history buffs. Great for families and people of all ages. Toilets exceptionally clean and tidy. Worth more than one visit!
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