Attractions

The attractions in Ballymoney and around the north coast are numerous, and offer more than enough variety to satisfy all tastes and ages.

We’ve listed some of them below.

Attractions in Ballymoney…

Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden: Known throughout the motorbike world as ‘King of the Roads’, this garden was constructed in memory of the racing legend who died in July, 2000.

A ten minute walk from Narrow Gauge, the garden is a fitting tribute to one of Ballymoney’s greatest ambassadors. He won five Formula One World Championships, 13 North West 200 races, 24 Ulster Grand Prix and a world record 26 wins in the Isle of man TT races.

50,000 people attended his funeral, giving just a small indication to the global fame and high regard which people held him. The memorial garden displays the prolific achievements of the man, Joey Dunlop MBE, OBE.

Also of interest to many, is Joey’s Bar. Just a stone throw away from the Memorial Garden, you can enjoy a drink with many others who treasure the memory of this unforgettable character.

Ballymoney Museum: At our own museum, you can explore the vibrant history of the district. Being one of Ireland’s oldest towns, the museum has a lot to offer.

On display are rare finds from the Bronze and Medieval periods as well as exhibits associated with the political upheaval of the late 18th century and the United Irish Rebellion. The museum also holds a unique collection of artefacts and memorabilia associated with Irish Motor Cycle Road Racing.

Leslie Hill Open Farm: A unique and hidden treasure barely a mile outside the town, Leslie Hill will provide everything a family needs for a great day out.

The layout of the estate has altered little in the last two hundred and thirty years; house and land has been carefully conserved by the Leslie family, allowing you to experience a living history as you wander through the Georgian Farmyard among farm machines, carriages and carts, of a bygone age. Pony rides are also available on ‘Georgie’.

Attractions around the north coast…

The Giant’s Causeway: Located a mere 15 miles from Narrow Gauge is Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Giant’s Causeway is the focal point of a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and has attracted visitors for centuries.

Any visit to Northern Ireland is simply not complete without a trip to the Giant’s Causeway.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge: Ever crossed a rope bridge? The rope bridge originally consisted of a single rope hand rail which has been replaced by a two hand railed bridge, so it’s not just as scary as it used to be. The views however, are still as stunning as ever.

Again, this unique attraction is only 15 miles away from the Narrow Gauge.

Old Bushmills Distillery: Established in 1608, the Bushmills Distillery is the oldest licensed distillery in the world. With their tour, you can observe the craft involved in making one of the world’s finest malt whiskeys.

Would you believe, it’s only 11 miles from the Narrow Gauge.

Dunluce Castle: Sited frighteningly close to the edge of a headland, this medieval castle is surrounded by amazing coastal scenery. Only 12 miles from the Narrow Gauge.

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