Ballygally Castle overlooks the sea at the head of Ballygally Bay. Now run as a hotel, it is the only 17th century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland, and is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in all of Ulster.

The castle was built in 1625 by James Shaw, of Scotland, who had come to the area and rented the land from the Earl of Antrim. Over the main entrance door to the castle, leading to the tower, is the Middle Scots inscription 'Godis Providens is my Inheritans'. The castle did come under attack, from the Irish garrison at Glenarm, several times during the rebellion of 1641 but each assault was unsuccessful. The castle was owned by the Shaw family until it passed into the hands of William Shaw in 1799. In the 1950s the castle was bought by the carpet tycoon Cyril Lord and was extended and renovated. It is now owned and run by the Hastings Hotels Group.




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Founded: 1625
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Kathryn G (6 months ago)
What a fantastic hotel! From start to finish, we were thoroughly impressed. Rooms are tastefully decorated. Check in was smooth and the Receptionist provided a warm welcome. The food in the Restaurant was delicious - we would highly recommended booking the Relax, Dine & Stay package! Thank you to all the staff for making our stay so enjoyable. Already planning our return trip!
Stephen Hastings (6 months ago)
My wife and I had afternoon tea at Ballygally Castle Hotel with a special friend who we hadn't seen for several years. We had a great time. The view of the bay was beautiful, the food was delicious, the tea was tasty and our Prosecco was gorgeous. The hotel was well maintained and the ghost in the tower behaved herself. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. We will recommend you to our friends.
Evelyn Moran (8 months ago)
Lovely hotel with sea views. The rose garden at the back of the hotel is a hidden gem, even if you just stop for a coffee I would recommend a visit. The rooms were very comfortable, breakfast was buffet style and had a good range to suit all appetites. Staff were helpful and friendly. Will definitely be back.?
Tony G (8 months ago)
The hotel has an nice aspect looking onto the Atlantic coast. It has one of the doors located on the Game of thrones route and lovely gardens. are The beach is just a hop across the road but there is absolutely no facilities on it. The rooms are good but not 4 star. There is no form of entertainment and I would not stay longer than overnight as there is little to do in the area other than swim in the sea or have a night cap in the hotel bar area.
Darlene Tychansky (9 months ago)
We saw online they had a tomahawk steak for two, but we tried to order it and they said it need to be ordered 24 hours in advance. We looked back online and it did not state it anywhere.we could have ordered it in advance if we had known. We were very disappointed. Otherwise it was a very nice place. Edit: Staff is very helpful everywhere we went. Visit the ghost room lots of stairs but worthwhile. Lots of game of thrones show items on site.
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