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Overview

Glenarm Castle is the home of Viscount and Viscountess Dunluce and their family. The present castle has been in the McDonnell family since it was first built in 1636 and has been their primary residence since moving from Dunluce Castle in 1639. 

The McDonnells have been in Glenarm for nearly 600 years and the Estate has been in the family for 400 years. In the house you will see superb examples of Irish furniture as well as portraits of family members from the early 17th Century through to the present day.

The Walled Garden is one of Ireland’s oldest walled gardens. Originally created to supply the Castle with its fruit and vegetables, it is now filled with exciting flowers and specimen plants to interest the keenest garden enthusiast. 

Whilst here, visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery and enchanted walks in our walled garden and Castle trail, excellent locally sourced food in our charming Tea Room and a little bit of retail therapy in our new Castle Shop.


Opening
Opening

Open every day from 17th March to mid-October, 10am-5pm.

Find Us
Find us

Driving 
Please use the post code BT44 0BQ, when driving. If travelling from Belfast head north on the M2, then take the Antrim Coast Road from Larne to Glenarm. The Castle is signposted from the town. 

For more details please check the website.

Parking

Car park on site Park in the Walled Garden car park, entrance on Straidkilly Road.

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free. 

Walled Garden Admission:

Adult: £6.00
Youth (12-18): £3.00
Children (0-12): FREE

Walled garden admission includes our Castle Trail which allows you to see more of the Estate. The Castle is  occasionally open for guided tours by the Castle Butler and House Staff. Please check the Castle page for specific opening times.

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
Group Visits

Group Visits, with a minimum of 12 people, are welcome to the walled garden. We are also happy to arrange guided visits around the garden on request. 

We also welcome groups, with a minimum of 20 people, to the Castle itself, subject to availability.

Please contact Jane Jenkins at jane@glenarmcastle.com for prices and for further details.


Things to See

Fun Facts

It was the 2nd Earl of Antrim, and his wife, who finally decided to abandon Dunluce Castle. In 1639 as they were waiting for dinner one evening the kitchen, along with kitchen staff, fell into the sea! 


Weddings

Glenarm Castle makes a grand and romantic setting for an intimate wedding ceremony and a reception with endless photographic opportunities in the stunning gardens and grounds.

In May 2016 we opened our new outdoor wedding reception venue, River Lodge, which is located further up the estate, nestled between the valleys, river and woodland of Glenarm Glen. This truly romantic setting creates the perfect location for your special day for up to 170 guests.

The Castle itself is available for Wedding Ceremony's for up to 85 guests, or alternatively our Coach House, located in our courtyards, can be used for Wedding Ceremonies for up to 170 guests.

Glenarm Castle Walled Garden and other picturesque locations throughout the estate provides the perfect location for your official wedding photographs.

Please note we have limited availability for weddings at Glenarm Castle therefore we would advise you to book well in advance.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Glenarm Castle provides the perfect venue for any number of corporate activities; from executive lunches and dinners to product launches to team building activity days and day conferences. We can tailor a package to suit your needs.

We can offer corporate dining prepared by the Castle chef, with the Castle Butler on hand to look after you and your guests.

Our team have extensive experience in organising activity days. Activities might include clay pigeon shooting, fishing and archery.

Facilities

  • Team building activities

School Visits