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Historic Ballygally Castle Unveils New Luxury Look in Northern Ireland

by Aoife O’Riordan

Sep 18, 2023

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Perched on Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast, the historic Ballygally Castle reveals a new design and look in time for fall. The 17th-century castle overlooks the Irish Sea and invites guests to experience its all-new guestrooms and suites.


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The hotel boasts 54 tastefully decorated bedrooms, some still retaining original beamed ceilings. Other guestrooms and suites feature views of the sea and mountains, while the Garden wing transports guests to a different era through original period rooms uniquely shaped by the castle’s architecture.

Ballygally Castle also offers several on-site dining experiences including afternoon tea, The Lounge and The Garden Restaurant. The restaurant serves contemporary and classic Irish dishes like slow-cooked Irish beef and oven-baked sea trout, all accompanied by garden views. At The Lounge, guests can sip on a cocktail or beer or enjoy afternoon tea service decked out with finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries and tea.


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To celebrate its redesign, Ballygally Castle launched an offer highlighting the best of the property. The Sea Dips & Hot Sips offer encourages guests to take a refreshing swim in the sea before returning to the hotel to indulge in luxury amenities and experiences. This offer includes overnight accommodations; a full Irish breakfast; complimentary car parking; complimentary WiFi; and a loan of dry robes, hot water bottles and Thermos flasks filled with tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

Ballygally Castle makes a great hub for travelers venturing along the Causeway Coast. The hotel sits just more than a one-hour drive from Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.


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Game of Thrones fans will also enjoy the hotel thanks to its link to season six of the show. A door at Ballygally Castle is reminiscent of the “Battle of the Bastards” episode with symbols of both House Stark and House Bolton (swords, shields and sigils of the wolf) adorning the door. Visitors can view this door and others in Northern Ireland featured in the hit series through the Journey of Doors tour.


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