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Ballymena Peoples Park

 3 Miles from Ash Lodge

The People’s Park has a lot to offer its many visitors throughout the year. The Park boasts a well-equipped children’s play area, tennis courts, bowling green, picnic areas and toilets.

The Park offers secure surroundings for a family visit with the Park’s Pavilion resting at the centre of the site overlooking a large lake, home to a large range of wild ducks and geese. Hungry folks & birds can enjoy a snack. Vending facilities available for humans & ‘duck’s choice’ for the birds in the Park Dam.

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Glenariff Forest Park

18 Miles from Ash Lodge

Glenariff, the “Queen of the Glens”, is home to the spectacular Glenariff Forest Park. The unique Waterfall Walkway, a popular tourist attraction since it opened 80 years ago,has been significantly upgraded along its 3 mile length Three waterfalls provide a rich backdrop for photographers, as do the other forest trails that offer panoramic landscapes and peaceful riverside walks. A visitor centre, exhibition, interactive display, shop, Laragh Lodge Restaurant (open all year round) complement this “gateway to the Glens”

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The Gobbins

 32 Miles from Ash Lodge

On the very edge of the Irish Sea lies The Gobbins cliff path, one of the ‘best kept secrets’ along NI’s Causeway Coastal Route on the Islandmagee peninsula. This dramatic and challenging two-mile-long cliff-face path combines spectacular tubular and suspension bridges, caves, steps, and tunnels carved through the rock. Follow the curves of curious geology to immerse yourself in this exhilarating journey and discover the ancient stories and fascinating heritage of this unique attraction.

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Fairhill Shopping Centre

 5 Miles from Ash Lodge

Fairhill Shopping Centre in Ballymena is home to over 50 stores including Marks and Spencer, Next, New Look, Debenhams, Topshop, River Island and H&M. With a distinctive mix and match of high street labels, Fairhill Ballymena offers the ultimate shopping experience for everyone.

It’s easy to find the season’s freshest new looks and classic essentials with an inspirational selection of stores.

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Fun Golf Area, Galgorm Castle

3 Miles from Ash Lodge

The Fun Golf Area is a stunning addition to the Galgorm offering where all members of the family, young and old, can enjoy playing on the six-hole Pitch & Putt. It’s the perfect layout to introduce Juniors to the game, or perhaps parents and grandparents want to try the game with their children for the first time. The complex also houses the Himalayas putting green, a scaled replica of the famous St Andrews attraction and is sure to be a hit with golfers whatever your level.

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Seven Towers Leisure Centre 

 4.5 Miles from Ash Lodge

Quest accredited Seven Towers Leisure Centre continues to lead the way in leisure. The centre is situated in the heart of Ballymena and offers customers a wide range of activities for individuals of all ages.  Facilities include an exciting leisure pool with water slides, and a minor pool for younger children.

Adults can pamper themselves in the health suite with its sauna, steam room and spa bath.

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Raceview Karting 

 8 Miles from Ash Lodge

Raceview has two different circuits on offer.

1st is an indoor circuit that is on two levels featuring up to twelve feet of elevation changes and a wide variety of fast and slow corners that provides a challenge to all types of driver. And 2nd is a fully outdoor, tarmac covered circuit that is open to the elements, adding an unpredictable factor to the racing. 25 feet high floodlights around the circuit provide lighting for exciting night racing.

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Giants Causeway 

 30 Miles from Ash Lodge

Not to be missed on any itinerary is this geological wonder which gives the route its name. The Giant’s Causeway sits at the centre of an Area of Outstanding Beauty and is Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, famously steeped in myth and legend.

Begin your visit at the state-of-the-art Visitor Centre then stroll down to the intriguing polygonal stones to search out distinctive formations such as the Camel, Wishing Chair, Granny and Organ.

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Causeway Coastal Route

 10 minutes from Ash Lodge

This Route was rated one of the Top Five Road Trips worldwide and when you drive it, you’ll see why.Start your journey in Ballymena and follow the coast road through the nine Glens of Antrim, winding between picturesque villages and unforgettable scenic locations, including Rathlin, Northern Ireland’s only inhabited off-shore island, and Binevenagh with its dramatic cliffs. The route peaks at the Giant’s Causeway on the North Antrim coast, before continuing west toward the walled city of Derry~Londonderry.The ever-changing tapestry of scenery and colours, set against a dramatic coastal backdrop will take your breath away – making it the perfect place for a leisurely tour.

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Bushmills Distillery

 26 Miles from Ash Lodge

Take a guided tour through the heart of Ireland’s oldest working distillery, its original grant signed by King James I in 1608. The finest Irish whiskeys have been produced here for over 400 years, using the same traditional methods and the water from the distillery’s own stream.

Take in the sights and smells, enjoy tutored tastings and relax with a whiskey (or soft drink) in the 1608 Bar at the end of your tour, before browsing the excellent gift shop.

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Titanic Visitor Centre

 30 Miles from Ash Lodge

Titanic Belfast extends over nine interactive galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way.

Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic.

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Royal Portrush

 29 Miles from Ash Lodge

The Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club ranks amongst the world’s greatest courses. Voted Number 12 in the world by Golf Magazine, it is a masterpiece of golf course architecture. Unimaginable rough and testing greens, combined with the unpredictable weather of the roaring North Atlantic make this course an admirable test for even the most seasoned golf aficionado. The Royal Portrush is the only club in Ireland to have hosted The Open Championship.

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Galgorm Castle Golf Club 

 3 Miles from Ash Lodge

Galgorm CastleGolf Club is located ajecent to Tullyglass and is one of Ireland’s finest Championship parklands and is the Home of the European Tour’s Northern Ireland Open. Awarded the IGTOA’s ‘Parkland Course of the Year 2014’ award, Galgorm Castle is consistently ranked among the Top-3 Parklands in Northern Ireland.  The Championship layout is nestled in the heart of 220-acre Galgorm Castle Estate, providing a mature setting that promotes an easy, relaxing rhythm that makes playing golf so pleasurable

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Royal County Down

 57 Miles from Ash Lodge

The Championship Course at Royal County Down measures over 7,200 yards (6,580 m) from the back tees, and the fourth and ninth holes are featured in the book The 500 World’s Greatest Golf Holes.

In 2005 the Championship Course was ranked as the fourth best course in the world outside the United States by Golf Digest, and in 2007 it was ranked first. In 2016 it was voted the best Golf Course in the world by US magazine Golf Digest

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