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Things To Do

While you are enjoying your stay at Abbeydene House, here are a few suggestions to enhance your break with us.

A walk on the wild side….

The Gobbins cliff-side experience has just opened on 19 August 2015. If you like your walk “Indiana Jones” style then visit this amazing place not far from Abbeydene House.

If you do want to try this wonderful experience you must book ahead and bring appropriate walking shoes – they will not let you on if you are in flip-flops!

The site has had to close for a few months for repairs – should reopen summer of 2017.

Find out about your ancestors….

The Public Records Office for Northern Ireland – PRONI – is the place to go to find out about your ancestry. 

The PRONI building is near the Titanic Museum – about ten minutes drive from Abbeydene House.

Visit the new Titanic Museum…

The newly opened Titanic Museum is breath-taking – you have to visit it to experience the tragic story of the Titanic.

The museum is only a ten minute drive from Abbeydene House.

Of course the occupants of Abbeydene House in 1912 would have watched the Titanic sail past on her maiden voyage…..

Live it up in Belfast….

Belfast City has now become very cosmopolitan offering an amazing Night Life to cater for every taste.

Because Abbeydene House is situated at the end of the M5 motorway, it is so easy to get into town – you can be parked in the city centre within twelve minutes.
There is also a good bus and train service into Belfast from very convenient stops.

Giant’s causeway – a very special visit…

Abbeydene House is exactly at the start of the Causeway Coastal Route.

You could make a day of visiting the Giant’s Causeway by driving north along the beautiful Antrim coast – wiggling in and out of the Glens and maybe stopping off at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.

Once you have had your G.C. experience and you want to get home quickly, you can take the motorway back to Abbeydene – it’s a great day out !

Giddyup – let’s go horse riding…

For the horsey people, there are two equestrian centres within fifteen minutes drive – Laurel View and Beeches – both are BHS approved.

Some rural pursuits…

An amazing collection of flowers and shrubs awaits you if you visit the Ballyrobert Cottage Garden – a peaceful technicoloured stroll through the well maintained garden will impress….
Or you could visit Patterson’s Spade Mill where you will be taken through the ancient techniques of making a spade….
Or you could visit Sentry Hill – a nineteenth century farmhouse…..
Or you could visit the historic Whitehouse where King William’s army landed….
All these are within fifteen minutes drive of Abbeydene House.

Something for the children…

There is a well equipped playground at the Hazelbank Park right beside Abbeydene House.

For the older children there is the Need for Speed – an indoor Karting arena based near Doagh – about fifteen minutes drive.
Or what about ten pin bowling at the Glengormley Sportsbowl … about six minutes drive

Or you could go to the Belfast Zoo – about seven minutes drive.

A spot of fly fishing perhaps…

The Tildarg Fishery at Ballyclare(about twenty minutes drive) is a seventeen acre lake which is well stocked with trout.

You can fly fish for ten pounds a day. Up to four fish can be brought home at three pounds each. Most anglers can catch up to twenty fish a day(and release them).

You can also hire tackle and a boat.There is a small clubhouse beside the lake.Angling competitions are often held at Tildarg. Open all year from 9am to dark.
There is also the local Straid fishery – a newly opened fishing venue which has excellent facilities and includes a fishing coach if you require.

Enjoy a movie…

There are over two  thousand five hundred titles in the Abbeydene DVD library for you to choose from at no extra cost.

All rooms are equipped with DVD players.
There are two local cinemas within 10 minutes drive at Gengormley and the Citiside shopping centre

Eat out…..

There are many local restaurants and bistros where you can enjoy an evening meal to suit any pocket.

Most visitors would go to the Bureau – a few minutes walk from Abbeydene House – where you can sample Haute Cuisine or their excellent pub grub.

There are a number of local Carry-outs if you just want to eat in at Abbeydene – we will provide the utensils!

Enjoy Blues music…..

There are always venues on most nights of the week where you can enjoy good blues music – the Enler Blues Club at the Comber Rec football club is an example(about twenty minutes drive) which runs on on the third Saturday of each month.

Also there are Blues festivals which happen several times a year throughout Northern Ireland – The Blues on the Bay at Warrenpoint in May, the Derry Jazz and Blues Festival in May and more…

Take in a Concert…..

The big venue for international artists is the Odyssey Arena which is six minutes drive from Abbeydene House.Parking is 3 pounds for the evening – if you are stuck for transport, we can drop you off.

The Waterfront Hall is the next biggest followed by the King’s Hall.

By staying at Abbeydene House you are very convenient by car to all of these venues.

Artistes who have stayed at Abbeydene House have appreciated the ease of access to their venues plus the privacy when they are at home with us.

Go to the Theatre….

There are two local theatres within a few minutes drive – the larger brand new Theatre at the Mill and the more intimate Ballyearl Courtyard Theatre.

Of course plays and operas are staged in Belfast in all the theatres there – the Waterfront Hall,Grand Opera House, the Ulster Hall and the Odyssey Arena – all within ten or fifteen minutes drive from Abbeydene House.

A round of golf perhaps….

There are a number of golf clubs within fifteen minutes drive of Abbeydene House.

Why not have a look at the Ballyclare Golf Club website?

Or even Greenacres Golf Centre with their challenging golfing range and crazy golf …

Or what about the  golf clubs at Ballyearl and Burnfield House

A walk in the park, a stroll on the beach….

Abbeydene House is situated right beside the beautiful Hazelbank Park which leads down to the shoreline of Belfast Lough.

The Ulster Cycle path also runs along the the shore side into Belfast.

It doesn’t cost a thing to enjoy….