Carnfunnock Country Park Walled Garden

LOCATION

LARNE, COUNTY ANTRIM

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The 1.5-acre Carnfunnock Country Park Walled Garden was created in the mid-1800s as the kitchen garden for Cairncastle Lodge. After Larne Borough Council bought it in the late 1980s, the area was transformed into a tranquil leisure garden. Its protective high brick walls create a sheltered microclimate for growing a wide collection of plants from all over the world. These beautiful grounds include a flower garden, scented walkway, heather garden, butterfly garden, rock garden and water garden, and there also is a hornbeam maze, mature woodlands and parkland to explore. The kids will enjoy face painting, the outdoor adventure playground and the family fun zone. The nearby café is open from March to October. Admission to the garden is free although parking charges apply from March to October.

Carnfunnock Country Park Walled Garden
Coast Road, LARNE, Co Antrim, BT40 2QG

Features

Children
  • Suitable for children of all ages
Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Facilities: Disabled parking, Braille on interpretation panels, shop mobility scooter
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Walled garden & park open daily, 9-dusk, Jul-Aug close 9pm. Closed Xmas & when poor ground conditions

About the area

Discover County Antrim

At its closest point, County Antrim is only 12 miles from the Mull of Kintyre, and its coastline is both beautiful and geologically diverse. Alternating sandy bays, rocky shores, high cliffs and forbidding headlands produce a dramatic scenery. Inland, the beautiful wooded glens rise to meet dizzying moorland heights.

The complex coastal geology ranges from relatively recent volcanic activity several millennia ago – represented by the massive basalt moorland plateau – to the silvery schists in the northwest, which are about 250 million years older. It includes rocks laid down more than 500 million years ago on an ancient ocean floor, pudding-stone that was later a desert floor, a belt of coal formed out of a swampy delta, salt trapped in the stone 200 million years ago, and mudstones and limestones from the time of the dinosaurs. In between are rich red sandstones, grey clays and dazzling cliffs of white chalk. This fascinating mixture is best seen at Fair Head and Murlough Bay, where, in startling contrast, the chalk cliffs overlie the older red Triassic sandstones. The Antrim Coast and Glens were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1988.

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