Activities at Galgorm Castle
There is lots to do during your visit to Galgorm Castle. Take a relaxing walk through Galgorm Castle Estate, visit Gracehill Village which was founded by the Moravians in 1765 or go on a shopping spree with excellent retail in Ballymena town centre along with the Tower Centre and the Fairhill Shopping Centre.
Want to explore a little further? Why not take a drive through the incredible Glens of Antrim and experience the stunning scenery.
Enjoy a walk through Galgorm Castle Estate on the public footpath and take the Tullaghgarley Bridge Walk.
From Galgorm Castle Golf Club car park, follow the path past the clubhouse and the County Hall building to the Sourhill Road. Follow the path down towards the Braid River. Cross the road, turn right down to the Tullaghgarley riverside path. At the Grange Road exit turn left and then right alongside a stone wall into The Grange housing development. Continue along the Olhen turn left into Cambridge Drive and then right into Cambridge Avenue. Continue along and turn left and cross the Galgorm Road. Croo the road at the Tullyglass House Hotel entrance and pass through to the Sourhill Road. Finally cross this road and take the path leading back to the starting point.
The village of Gracehill, is next to Galgorm Castle, a settlement founded by the Moravians in 1765 and Northern Ireland’s First Conservation area. Life in the village nowadays is, of course, very different to the 18th century, but the layout of the buildings and the unique Georgian style of architecture remain very much the same.The Moravian Church remains central to the village, facing the square and flanked by the Manse and the Warden’s House. The Brothers and Sisters Walks, on either side of the Church, meet at the burial ground or “Gods Acre“, which is still in use today.
There are many delights awaiting the visitor on a trip to the Borough of Ballymena, known as the ‘city of the seven towers’. Particularly attractive for shopaholics, this is a town with a reputation as a first rate retail centre. The Tower Centre located in Ballymena town centre has over 50 fantastic shops with leading High Street names as well as local independents, giving you a fantastic shopping experience. The Fairhill Shopping Centre has over 50 stores under one roof catering for all your needs, including a great selection of restaurants to take time out from shopping.
Gateway to the Glens
Ballymena – The Gateway to the Glens, enjoy this video that takes you through the borough of Ballymena from the rolling hills of county Antrim, to the foot of Slemish Mountain including the historic villages of Gracehill, Broughshane and Portgleneone. Enjoy the shopping, the watersports, the entertainment at the Braid Arts Centre and finish off with a drive through the Glens of Antrim. Ballymena – The Gateway to the Glens