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Accessible Half-Day Tour to Antrim Castle Gardens

This Accessible Half-Day Tour to Antrim Caslte Gardens is one for the memory books! Located only a 30 minute drive from Belfast, the 400 year old gardens have been transformed into a unique living museum that has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag and Green Heritage Status.

This accessible driving tour of Belfast begins with your friendly guide picking you up at the Belfast cruise dock or at your wheelchair friendly Belfast hotel in an accessible van. You’ll then head out on a comfortable 30 minutes drive to the Antrim Castle Gardens. Escorted by your tour guide, you will explore this beautiful, colorful site firsthand. Few historic gardens in Ireland offer such evolutionary design characteristics, with layer upon layer of garden design features and planting styles over centuries.

As you explore the Gardens, you will admire the 17th Century Anglo-Dutch style canals, ponds and avenues, a 12th Century Motte, Victorian Pleasure Garden and a recreated Large Parterre. In addition to the Gardens, you will also see the restored Clotworthy House which is the former coaching house and stables for Antrim Castle (burned down in 1922). The house now houses a gallery and coffee shop within the beautiful Courtyard.

Enjoy your leisurely time here, capturing photos, learning about the history of the site and sit down for a relaxing cup of coffee if you desire. This tour offers a wonderful alternative to the bustling life of the city.

As you leave the Antrim Castle Gardens, your tour guide will take you on a short panoramic drive that includes the Lough  Neagh Park. You’ll also make a stop at one of the finest and complete Round Towers in Ireland, the Antrim Round Tower. Sitting in a serene green setting, this 28-meter tower which dates back to about the 9th Century and served as a bell tower for a former monastery. You will have a chance to capture some photos here before returning back to Belfast.

 

The Accessible Half-Day Tour to Antrim Castle Gardens includes:

  • Accessible tour routes, confirmed to be wheelchair accessible
  • 4-hour guided, private driving tour in an accessible van
  • Opportunities to get out and explore several sites firsthand
  • Lively commentary by your local English speaking tour guide
  • A memorable, firsthand sightseeing experience in in Antrim Castle Gardens!

 

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Tour Highlights:

  • Pleasure Garden
  • Clotworthy House
  • Statue of Lady Marions Hound dating back to 1612
  • The Long Canal
  • The Barbican Gate Antrim
  • Antrim Round Tower
  • Lough Neagh Park (Panoramic tour)

 

Accessibility Description

The Accessible Half-Day Tour to Antrim Castle Gardens received a 4 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it uses an accessible van to transfer between Belfast and the Gardens. It also follows a completely step-free tour route. It did not receive a higher rating because clients will have to walk/roll approximately 1 mile at the Garden site.The tour has been designed to include accessible restrooms along the way.

The accessible van used for this tour is equipped with a wheelchair ramp or lift to enter. It is suitable for manual wheelchairs, power chairs and mobility scooters alike.

Most of the terrain in the garden is flat with a gravel path or a thin layer of sand.The route you will follow is completely step-free.

The Clotworthy House Courtyard is fully accessible with flat paving stones. There are also wheelchair accessible bathrooms inside as well as wheelchair lift access for the upper levels for gallery viewing etc.

Tour Details

Tour Duration: 4 hours

Cost:  625 euros for 1-2 persons, 675 euros for 3-4 persons, 725 euros for 5-6 persons

*€20 off if booked as part of an Accessible Belfast travel package.

Meeting place: Centrally located accessible Belfast hotel or cruise dock

Meeting time: Morning 9:00 am or Afternoon 1:00 pm

Days offered: Every day

Entrance Tickets: Entrance tickets are not included. They will be pre-booked for you and added to your tour cost.

Cancellation Policy: 80% refund with at least 7 days’ notice, 50% refund with at least 4 days’ notice, and no refund with less than 4 days’ notice. Tours run rain or shine.

Not included: Snacks/meals, gratuities, and transportation costs.

 

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