9 Things to Do in Ballymoney That You Shouldn't Miss

March 2, 2018 Harland Bartelt

Ballymoney (from Irish: Baile Monaidh, meaning "homestead on the peatland" [ˈbˠalʲə ˈmˠʊnˠəi]) is a small town and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is currently served by the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. The civil parish of Ballymoney is situated in the historic baronies of Dunluce Upper and Kilconway in County Antrim, and the barony of North East Liberties of Coleraine in County Londonderry. It had a population of 10,393 people in the 2011 Census.
Restaurants in Ballymoney

1. Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden

Castle Street Ballymoney, Ballymoney BT53 6JR, Northern Ireland +44 28 2766 0230
Excellent
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5 based on 118 reviews

Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden

Reviewed By Rim60 - Maryborough, Australia

This memorial garden and statues of Joey and Robert Dunlop is a must for motorcycle enthusiasts particularly if you are a TT addict. The town of Ballymoney has gone out of the way to pay tribute to these amazing brothers who died pressing the limits and doing what they loved. An emotional experience and one which represents the need for the human spirit to conquer the track. An added bonus is Joey's bar located about a block behind which is run by the family and has great memorabilia of Joey- you may even be fortunate enough to meet Linda, his wife, who runs the bar with great pride!

2. Sheans Horse Farm

38 Coolkeeran Road, Armoy BT53 8XL, Northern Ireland +44 7759 320434
Excellent
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5 based on 132 reviews

Sheans Horse Farm

Enjoy the most extensive Horse / Pony Trekking and Hacking facilities along Ireland’s North Coast at Sheans Horse Farm. Sheans Horse Farm is a Riding School and Trekking Centre on the McKinley family farm in the North Antrim hills. Our riding takes place on miles of offroad tracks that wind high into the beautiful North Antrim Hills. Beginners or confident riders can experience the freedom, fun and buzz of horse riding at Sheans Horse Farm.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

My wife and I had the best time riding horses here. She rode a Norwegian Fjord horse and mine was an Irish Cob horse. Danny is an excellent guide. They select a horse and guide you through how to ride. It was very easy to feel at ease with all the staff there. Danny and Mary are wonderful people who customize the time with you. Thank you for one of the most memorable experiences. We will be back soon!!

3. The Dark Hedges

off Bregagh Road, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland +44 28 2766 0230
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Dark Hedges

Reviewed By Ceallachain

I wouldn't be paying ridiculous amount of money to see a free attraction! It's on a public road for all to see, you can just pull in and take pictures, it was quiet busy, lots of tourists etc it's creep, but really cool to see. And that's me saying this even though I have never even watched one episode of GOT!

4. Rosepark Farm

98 Bravallen Road, Ballymoney BT53 7DU, Northern Ireland +44 7961 124136
Excellent
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

Rosepark Farm

A family run farm for all the family and friends to enjoy. Playparks, zipline, 3km of beautiful walkways, petting areas and play areas. Fun for all ages young and old. So come along and join the fun.

Reviewed By Tom S - Belfast, United Kingdom

We visited with a couple of young children during the week. The walk around the farm is well signposted and brings you to many of the attractions. The petting area was pretty good with a decent selection of animals including snakes, kittens, rabbits and owls!...MoreThank you for your review. Glad you had a good day on our farm. Hand washing is available at areas were you would be touching animals (maternity and petting area)

5. Joeys Bar

Seymour Street, Ballymoney BT53 6JR, Northern Ireland +44 28 2766 3095
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Joeys Bar

Reviewed By GraniteHibby - Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Following a visit to the Dunlop memorial Gardens, I popped the 100yds down the hill to Joey's Bar. There's a few photos and bits of memorabilia of Joey & Robert. The welcome was friendly, as I ordered half a Guinness (I was driving).
It felt the right thing to do - if you're into bike road racing, then a visit to Joey's and to the memorial Gardens are well worthwhile.
If you don't know who Joey Dunlop is, then this place might not be for you - google/you tube him. His record in road racing, makes him one of bike racing's all time greats.

6. Gracehill Golf Course

141 Ballinlea Road, Ballymoney BT53 8PX, Northern Ireland +44 28 2075 1209
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5 based on 22 reviews

Gracehill Golf Course

Reviewed By Fongphu T

I popped into the Gracehill Golf Course bar with my girlfriend when we were visiting the Dark Hedges and got caught short and needed a toilet break. The bar manager, Dean, was very welcoming despite us only buying a drink and using the facilities. He gave us a load of tips for things to see in the area and showed us the fantastic Game of Thrones carved wooden door that can be found behind the bar. Dean is simply an excellent example of Northern Irish hospitality.

7. The Tower Bar

41 Church Street, Ballymoney BT53 6HS, Northern Ireland +44 7779 599104
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5 based on 7 reviews

The Tower Bar

An historic traditional public house under the ownership of the Gillan family, serving the people of Ballymoney for a century.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

A hidden gem !
Once you have sampled the hospitality, the craic and the Guinness in The Tower Bar, you will wonder why you have wasted a fortune on taxis to go to the coast for your pint.
This bar offers the best.
The Guinness is sublime. Properly stored and poured, it is served in an authentic bar.
No prentence.
Just great stout in a great atmosphere, and makes for an excellent evening in Ballymoney.
Highly recommended.

8. Ballymoney Library

Rodden Foot | Queen Street, Ballymoney BT53 6JB, Northern Ireland +44 28 2766 3589
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5 based on 6 reviews

Ballymoney Library

Reviewed By Purplespottylegs - NI

Great quite and peaceful and helpful friendly staff love going here and they always have a great choice of books

9. Finvoy Fun Farm

7 Drumlee Road, Ballymoney BT53 7LE, Northern Ireland +44 7870 354646
Excellent
18%
Good
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11%
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68%
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2 based on 27 reviews

Finvoy Fun Farm

Reviewed By Casa_Alga - Oxford, United Kingdom

Finvoy Fun Farm is shockingly bad. Here are my top 3 reasons why:
1. The animals were kept in dreadful conditions - most in small cages with poor bedding or (worse still) tiny concrete outbuildings with almost no straw. My son wanted to know why they were in such small smelly cages - until now, he has only seen farm animals in spacious barns or out grazing.
2. The equipment was very old and tired. The soft play area was reasonably laid out but the padding and climbing areas were very tatty and old. The other play barn had tired old sofas and faded plastic toys, some of which were broken (the pedal go carts for example - with pedals that didn't work). As a small aside, we also thought it inappropriate to have copies of a well known tabloid (with page 3 girls) scattered round the play area for children to see.
3. Given these points, the entry price was ridiculous. They wanted to charge us £20 for entry (2 kids with 3 accompanying adults). More to the point, they shouldn't be allowed to trade until they sort out the animal conditions, get some decent equipment and have a proper health and safety audit.
I wish I had checked Trip Advisor before going.

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