Trave: A daycation at Glenarm Castle’s Walled Garden

The Walled Garden
The Walled Garden
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Estate extends experience via a new Castle Trail, offering garden visitors access to view the rest of the attraction, including the magnificent castle

This is now the 10th season the Walled Garden and Tea Room at Glenarm Castle has been open to the public.

To celebrate, the estate has extended the visitor experience via a new Castle Trail, offering garden visitors access to view the rest of the estate including the magnificent castle (subject to availability).

Fifteen years ago Lord and Lady Dunluce set about the ambitious task of restoring the walled garden. They consulted and worked with a range of gardening experts to bring the garden back to its former glory

This included support from former head gardener at Mount Stewart, Nigel Marshall, and, more recently, Reg Maxwell (former area manager of Belfast Parks from 1971) until his retirement.

With commitment and dedication from local man, James Wharry (head gardener) and his team, the garden is continually maintained to the highest standard.

Today the Walled Garden, one of the oldest walled gardens in Ireland, welcomes visitors from around the world. And here’s a couple of interesting facts about this special place: The sculpture by Angela Sykes- Angela Sykes, later Countess of Antrim, was the present Earl’s mother and a talented artist. 

The sculpture of the Mother and Child was completed when she was only 16-years-old and exhibited at the Royal Academy, London; the yew circle – this circular hedge, which surrounds the herb garden and sundial, is one of the oldest features, dating to the 1820s. 

On the east of the circle is an early-flowering magnolia, the lemon-scented Magonlia Denudate. In 2014, clippings from the yew hedge were used for cancer research.

For further details on the Walled Garden and Tea Room including season passes, admission fee and opening times visit