Glenarm Castle

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Glenarm Castle
Glenarm, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
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Glenarm Castle
Glenarm Castle is located in Northern Ireland
Glenarm Castle
Glenarm Castle
Coordinates 54°57′58″N 5°57′22″W / 54.966°N 5.956°W / 54.966; -5.956
Type Country estate
Site information
Owner Randal, Viscount Dunluce
Controlled by Northern Irish Environment Agency
Open to
the public
Site history
Built 1636

Coordinates: 54°57′58″N 5°57′22″W / 54.966°N 5.956°W / 54.966; -5.956

Glenarm Castle, Glenarm, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, is the ancestral home of the Earls of Antrim.


There has been a castle at Glenarm since the 13th century, and it is at the heart of one of Northern Ireland's oldest estates.

The present castle was built by Sir Randal MacDonnell, 1st Earl of Antrim, in 1636. It is currently owned by Randal, Viscount Dunluce, the son of Alexander McDonnell, 9th Earl of Antrim.


The Castle's Walled Garden is open to the public between May and September and hosts many events. In July of every year the grounds are the site of a world class Highland Games. The Dalriada Festival is also held at Glenarm Castle and within the local village, which celebrates sport, music and fine food from all over Scotland and Ireland, as well as hosting traditional Ulster Scots cultural events. As part of the Dalriada Festival Glenarm Castle has started to host large outdoor concerts which as of 2012 has welcomed artists like General Fiasco, The Priests, Duke Special, Ronan Keating, Sharon Corr, Brian Houston, David Phelps and the likes.

Summer Madness, Ireland's biggest Christian Festival, moved from its annual residence at the Kings Hall, Belfast, to Glenarm Castle in 2012. It is thought this Festival will return to Glenarm, on a yearly basis, for the foreseeable future.

Film Location[edit]

Glenarm Castle was used as a major location in Five minutes of Heaven.

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