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Antrim Castle Fire Centenary Walking Tour

Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council will hold a number of FREE informative tours as part of the commemorations of the 100 year anniversary of the fire at Antrim Castle.

Join the Park Rangers and local historian & author Lyndsy Spence who will lead the tour, covering the various personal and political accounts from the people present on that fateful evening of 28th October 1922, and portray some of the horror which unfolded while one of the country’s most stately homes went up in flames

Antrim Castle was built originally in 1613 by English settler, Sir Hugh Clotworthy. It was extended in 1662 by his son, John Clotworthy, the first Viscount of Massereene.

After his daughter Mary’s marriage to Sir John Skeffington who became the Second Viscount Massereene, the estate and title came to the Massereene family.

It was rebuilt in 1831 and for some time the castle was used for political conferences.

During a grand ball on October 28, 1922, the castle caught fire and was devastated by the blaze. However, the ruins of the ancestral home were not demolished until 1970.

The walking tour will run for 45 min and commence in the courtyard of Clotworthy House.

Tour dates and times:

• Thur 27 Oct | 6.15pm & 7.30pm

• Fri 28 Oct | 7.30pm

• Sat 29 Oct – Sat 5 Nov | 12pm & 3pm

The tour is free but must be booked in advance. Book now by clicking HERE.


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