A few images from yesterday’s walk around Antrim Castle Gardens, a garden of historical and horticultural interest in Antrim town, dating back to the 1600s. I grew up in Antrim (about a 30 minute drive from Belfast) and have many happy memories of cycling around the gardens on my little Tomahawk bike. Did anyone else have that bike? I loved it.
I haven’t visited the gardens in a very, very long time. When I was a kid, it was just an open space, no amenities as such, but it always had huge potential. Thankfully the powers that be have realised that too and huge effort has gone into developing the site in recent years – it now boasts amongst other things a lovely coffee shop, a parterre garden, an art gallery and a cottage garden. It’s a lovely, creative and inspiring space to walk around, enjoy a coffee, take in the views and learn about the local history (it gained a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015)
Typically, as soon we arrived the heavens opened but being a flower lover, I walked around the lovely cottage garden in the rain anyway ! I was delighted to see some summer flowers still in bloom, looking radiant in the autumn rain. Out came the phone to take a few pictures of these little beauties…
This was my personal favourite – not sure which flower it is though.
We would have stayed longer but as we ended up soaked to the skin (dog included), we headed for home. Definitely a place worth returning to ..a real surprise for me to discover how much it has changed since my childhood and am looking forward to going back on a drier day to explore a bit more.
You can learn more about the gardens and the history of the place here.