Glenarm Castle

With its own special place in local history, Glenarm Castle is a true national treasure. One of Ireland's oldest estates, and home to the Earls of Antrim, Glenarm Castle is a 'must see' destination and one of N.Ireland's top tourist attractions. Whilst here, visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery and enchanted walks in our historic 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.


Glenarm Castle, N. Ireland
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. 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. Before taking up full time residence at Glenarm the family lived most notably at Dunluce Castle.

Castle Guided Tours
The inside of the Castle is also occasionally open to the public for guided tours by the Castle Butler and House Staff. We also welcome Group Visits to the Walled Garden and Castle throughout the season, subject to availability.

Glenarm Castle Walled Garden
The Walled Garden is one of Ireland’s oldest walled gardens. Originally created to supply the Castle with its fruit and vegetables, The Walled Garden is now filled with exciting flowers and specimen plants to interest the keenest garden enthusiast. Beautiful and filled with colour throughout the seasons, the garden is open from Easter, when you can see the fabulous displays of spring bulbs along with the apple and pear blossom, right up until the end of September when the garden is still in bloom with rich displays of herbaceous plants.

Glenarm Castle Group Visits
Group Visits (minimum 12) are welcome to the Walled Garden. We can also arrange guided visits around the garden. We also welcome groups to the Castle itself (minimum 20), subject to availability. Please contact info@glenarmcastle.com for prices and for further details.


Tea Room, Byre Shop & Fudge Factory
Our charming Tea Room, situated in the old Mushroom House, is open daily to all visitors. In the Tea Room, newly renovated in 2017, you can relax and enjoy a delicious homemade cream tea, lunch or dinner, overlooking the kitchen garden. Our Byre Shop is also worth a visit whilst here - with its wide range of ladies and gents fashions and accessories and a selection of beautiful gifts and souvenirs - with many ranges exclusive to Glenarm Castle.

Opening Times
Our 2019 opening hours are as follows:
WALLED GARDEN & TEA ROOM (from Friday 15th March)
Monday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 10am - 5pm

BYRE SHOP & FUDGE FACTORY
Monday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 11am - 4pm

(Last orders in the Tea Room are 15 minutes before the advertised closing time).

Film & TV Location at Glenarm Castle
Glenarm Castle and the Estate have featured extensively in feature films including Five Minutes of Heaven starring Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt as well as documentaries for network television including The South Bank Show for ITV1. In addition to the Castle, the Estate has a wonderful variety of photogenic terrain – including ancient woodland, the river, streams and waterfalls, hills and lush pasture. Glenarm’s proximity to Belfast mean that it is ideally suited to filming as well as commercial photography.

Corporate Venue Hire
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.

Weddings at Glenarm Castle
Glenarm Castle makes a grand and romantic setting for an intimate wedding ceremony and/or 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 150 guests. The Castle itself is available for Wedding Ceremony's and/or Drinks Reception for up to 90 guests overseen by the Castle Butler. Glenarm Castle Walled Garden and other picturesque locations throughout the estate provides the perfect location for your official wedding photographs.


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