stately homes gardens etc in County Antrim
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County Antrim Stately Homes, Country Houses & Gardens

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36 Benvarden Road, Dervock, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, BT53 6NN
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In his book, Gardens of Ireland, Terence Reeves-Smyth describes Benvarden as having one of the few fully maintained walled gardens in Ireland and undoubtedly the best in private hands. There is a Rose garden, a Box and Lavender parterre, a well-stocked kitchen garden with Hot houses, Vinery, potting-shed, Melon house and Espalier-trained apple & pear trees against the high curved brick walls. There is a very attractive cobbled Stable-yard entered by an arch surmounted by a cupola and containing coach houses, stables and cart-houses. Here is the Tea-room, converted from a former stable. A woodland pond is the setting for a wild garden containing Rhododendrons, Camellias, Primulas, Bluebells and many other wild flowers. The river Bush is spanned by a 120ft. long Victorian cast iron bridge. A former cow-byre has been adapted as a small Museum displaying old Farm and Garden implements and other items of interest. The Gardens are available and suitable for wedding photographs.
Tel: 028 2074 1331    Fax: 028 2074 1955
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Andrew Jackson Centre

Boneybefore, Carrickfergus, BT38 7AB
Tel: 028 9336 6455     E-mail:

Andrew Jackson Centre, Boneybefore - Located less than a mile from the town centre off the Larne Road. The single storey building is a traditional Ulster-Scots farmhouse built in 1750. It has been restored to its original state including an open fireplace with a daub and wattle canopy and hanging crane. The interior has been decorated as a traditional cottage with a dresser, sponge wear crockery and iron pots and griddles. The Centre has a collection of Ulster patchwork quilts and farm machinery. The 7th president of the USA's ancestry and life are displayed in the gallery. Disabled access. Toilet facilities.

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Arthur Ancestral Home

Ballymena Borough Council, Ardeevin, 80 Galgorm Road, Ballymena, County Antrim
Tel: 028 25638494    Fax: 028 2563 8495    

Restored 18th-century farmhouse with open flax-straw thatched roof. Ancestral home of Chester Alan Arthur, 21st US President 1881-85. Arthur's father emigrated from Dreen 1816-17. Interpretive centre, baking demonstrations. Wheelchair access. Small admission charges.

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Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden

Ballymoney, County Antrim     Tel: 028 2563 8494

Joey Dunlop, born in Ballymoney in 1952, was affectionately known to motorcycle racing fans and competitors alike as 'King of the Roads' and 'Yer Maun'. Through his courage and ambition, he became one of the most successful riders of all time. He was tragically killed while racing in Estonia in July 2000. His incredible sporting career included five Formula One World Championships. 13 wins at the North West 200 races. 24 wins at the Ulster Grand Prix and a world record of 26 wins at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. In May 2001, Ballymoney Borough Council officially opened the Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden. In this beautiful setting, visitors have time to reflect on the unprecedented achievements of this much loved international motorcycling legend.

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The White House

C/O Abbey Historical Society, 32-34 Whitehouse Park, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim,  BT37 9SQ

The White House is the oldest building in the Borough of Newtownabbey and is situated on Belfast Lough on the edge of the city. It was built in the sixteenth century and much of the building has survived. Abbey Historical Society has undertaken the challenge of restoring it to make it a centre for local history studies.

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