What to do and see in Newtownabbey, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

November 1, 2017 Hana Mouser

Newtownabbey is a large settlement north of Belfast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Sometimes considered to be a suburb of Belfast, it is separated from the rest of the city by Cavehill and Fortwilliam golf course. At the 2001 Census, Newtownabbey Urban Area had a population of 62,056, making it the fourth largest settlement in Northern Ireland. It is part of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
Restaurants in Newtownabbey

1. Titanic Belfast

Queen's Road | 1 Olympic Way, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9EP, Northern Ireland +44 28 9076 6361
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Titanic Belfast

The Titanic Belfast visitor attraction extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition. Drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features you will explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day in the Ocean Exploration Centre.

Reviewed By Maddy R

I have been to several museums but NONE like this one. The building itself is a fascinating build with a reason behind every design choice. The structure perfectly compliments the grandeur that the Titanic once was and the city truly celebrates its shipbuilding successes.
The first part covers early days in Belfast and how it because the world leader in ship building. It then covers in great detail the rise and fall of the Titanic using inventive ways to keep you interested.
There is a ride you can chose to go on (included in the cost) which lets experience what it was like building the ship. There is also a cinema screening near the end of the museum which shows how they discovered the Titanic shipwreck. You can also look up names on the official deceased record.
The ticket also includes entry to the ship Nomadic located across the road from the museum. This boat played an important role in both World Wars and is well worth a visit.
The museum took about 2 hours and I would recommend the audio tour and you get told extra facts and keeps you move and a pace.

2. Jordanstown Loughshore Park

Shore Road, Newtownabbey BT37 0PY, Northern Ireland
Excellent
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4.5 based on 86 reviews

Jordanstown Loughshore Park

Reviewed By Linda P

This is a beautiful scenic spot that can cost nothing to enjoy.... Pack a picnic and let kids use the play park or walk the rocks etc. Clean, carefully designed for visitors, cyclists, walkers and even with a coffee shop and camping site - campers!
We visited with kids aged, 8, 12, 17 and 19 - all delighted with the delights of the Loughshore park and coastal walk to Hazelbank park.

3. The Spa Dunamoy

40 Collin Road, Ballyclare, Newtownabbey BT39 9JS, Northern Ireland +44 28 9334 9676
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5 based on 66 reviews

The Spa Dunamoy

The Award winning 4 star Spa at Dunamoy is only 14 miles North from Central Belfast, but here you will find peace and tranquility in the heart of the rolling Co Antrim Countryside. The Spa features multiple treatment rooms, including the dual bath/massage suite, a 10m spa pool and solarium/ relaxation area. The Spa at Dunamoy is proud to be one of the few able to showcase award winning brand Elemis, featuring specially selected treatments from this leading luxury spa and skincare brand. These include signature facials, detox rituals and luxurious body massage, plus a well stocked shopping area for the perfect gift. Escape with friends or book a romantic getaway, either as a day spa customer or a resident in one of our beautiful stone cottages

Reviewed By Holidaydiane

We recently visited Dunamoy Spa for treatments that were part of a Christmas present. We would drive by Dunamoy frequently and had only ever heard good reports so were looking forward to our visit.
It has a lovely rural setting just outside Ballyclare. The windows in the pool area look over the fields. There is ample parking.
Whilst overall we enjoyed our outing the spa didn't live up to expectations. I had a facial. The room was as expected quite dark. I was happy to let the therapist decide what facial to do depending on my skin. She said she couldn't work out how to lower the bed and that she would ask someone else how to adjust the bed so she could get a better look at my skin. She left the room and came back a few minutes later. There was no mention or adjustment of the bed or any assessment of my skin she just started the treatment. The treatment was just ok. The scalp massage part of the treatment was poor. My hair was just being moved around my head. There was no pressure. My partner enjoyed his treatments. In fairness the treatments are very reasonably priced compared to most spas.
What really let this place down for me was the general maintenance and upkeep. Attention to fine detail is lacking. The ladies changing room was cold, one of the toilet seats was broken, there was a lot of mildew around the shower cubicles and paint peeling of the ceiling/walls. In the shampoo dispenser in the shower cubicle a new type of shampoo had been tipped in without cleaning the remnants of the previous out. The hairdryer only had one slow setting working. The scented reed diffusers had dried up with no scent.
The relaxation area looks over the beautiful country but there is a load of old tat lying just below the windows. Looks like it has been lying there for years. Again there is mould around the windows in the relaxation area and paint peeling above the pool. The steam room wasn't working on our visit. We appreciate these things can happen and when we mentioned it on leaving the deputy manager did apologize.
Overall this place has a lot of potential but unfortunately I don't think I will be back. I have posted some photos so decide for yourselves.

4. Need 4 Speed Indoor Karting

Doagh Business Park 11 Kilbride Road, Doagh, Newtownabbey BT39 0QA, Northern Ireland +44 28 9334 2777
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5 based on 19 reviews

Need 4 Speed Indoor Karting

Reviewed By Johnny B - Lisburn, United Kingdom

Visited recently with a group of 9 year olds for a birthday party. The staff could not have been more helpful and friendly. All the kids had a great time, having the track to themselves- definitely be back.

5. Belfast Zoo

Antrim Road | Antrim Road, Newtownabbey BT36 7PN, Northern Ireland +44 28 9077 6277
Excellent
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4 based on 725 reviews

Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoo is located in north Belfast. The zoo's 55 acre site is home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species. The majority of our animals are in danger in their natural habitat. The zoo also carries out important conservation work and takes part in European and international breeding programmes which help to ensure the survival of many species under threat. Belfast Zoo is one of the top fee-paying visitor attraction in Northern Ireland, receiving more than 300,000 visitors a year.

Reviewed By Belfastgaint - Newtownabbey Northern Ireland

My kids just love the zoo so we take them 2-3 times a year
The zoo also do some special days just like at Christmas where the kids meet Santa and get to feed the animals and leave presents for the monkeys and then watch as they enter the enclosure and open them
This really is a must for all the family
One point is thats its very hilly and a very long walk so bring the right shoes!

6. Borderline Combat Airsoft

51 Green Road, Ballyclare, Newtownabbey BT39 9PH, Northern Ireland +44 7729 219341
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5 based on 34 reviews

Borderline Combat Airsoft

The Adrenaline kicks in. Your heart is racing and your blood pumping, projectiles fly past your ears, a grenade explodes next to your foot. You lean precariously over an IED that you have to disarm before it detonates killing you and your team mates, meanwhile all around you the enemy are closing in. That's the thrill of Borderline Combat Airsoft!

Reviewed By Jeffhayes1970 - Ballyclare, United Kingdom

Rough around the edges, it could be better sign posted at the road, and when you enter the industrial estate, I've been taking my 12 year old son for a couple of months now, he loves it, great atmosphere for kids, brilliant value for money, it's obvious that the owner is spending money on the facility, so it can only get better, it's not perfect, but the kids love it, and that's what it's about

7. Theatre At The Mill

Mossley Mill | Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey BT36 5QA, Northern Ireland +44 28 9034 0202
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Theatre At The Mill

Reviewed By gottaluvflying - United Kingdom

As this is our local theatre venue we like to go as often as possible. Extremely well run and layout is excellent ...staff are always friendly and parking is easy & straightforward. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening yet again and are looking forward to our return visit very soon.
Highly recommend.

8. Knockagh Monument

Monument Road, Carrickfergus BT38 8QG, Northern Ireland +44 28 9335 8049
Excellent
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Knockagh Monument

Reviewed By Andrea L - England, United Kingdom

As you drive around the area you can see this monument perched on top of a hill for miles but it is not until you actually drive up to it do you realise the size of it! Breathtaking views of Belfast loch and surrounding area. I felt tiny stood next to this wonderful tribute to our war hero's. Well worth a visit. Small car park and lovely place for a picnic. Not sure if I could find my way again up the little winding roads though!

9. Ballyrobert Cottage Garden and Nursery

154 Ballyrobert Road, Ballyclare, Newtownabbey BT39 9RT, Northern Ireland +44 28 9344 0101
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Ballyrobert Cottage Garden and Nursery

A garden for plant lovers! The garden is an RHS partner garden designed and owned by a former associate of Belfast, Edinburgh, and Writtle Botanic Gardens. Only 11 miles from Belfast.

Reviewed By 511norma - Coleraine, United Kingdom

Only heard about this place lately, and the garden was as beautiful as described.
There is great variety of plants and some woodland paths.
A lovely little tea room provides tea, coffee and tray bakes and is run as a self-service - with honesty box!
A very homely atmosphere is further enhanced by the friendly and helpful staff.

10. Sentry Hill Historic House

40 Ballycraigy Road | bt36 4sx, Newtownabbey BT36 4SX, Northern Ireland +44 28 9083 2363
Excellent
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5 based on 37 reviews

Sentry Hill Historic House

Sentry Hill is a 19th century Victorian farmhouse in the Parish of Carnmoney, County Antrim. The contents of this historic house in Northern Ireland provide a rare insight into life in rural Ulster during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Sentry Hill was the home of the McKinney family, who came to Ireland from Scotland in the early 1700s. Remarkably the contents of the house have survived almost intact. Family furniture, books, paintings, personal diaries, letters, photographs and souvenirs from trips abroad all help to tell the story of the McKinney's, recording life at Sentry Hill and its surrounding areas. Over the years many guests have been warmly received at Sentry Hill by the McKinney family. The last of the family may now be gone but their welcome remains and the door is now open for you. The venue is a popular place to see in Co Antrim, especially during European Heritage Open Days. You can dander down the path through the sheltering trees and step inside the snug old farmhouse. As you cross this threshold you will stand where the past shakes hands with the present. Sentry Hill offers an entertaining day out to visitors of all ages with facilities including guided tours, attractive Gardens, a cafe, gift shop and picnic area.

Reviewed By June A - Belfast, United Kingdom

The history of and in this house is astounding. It has so much stuff you could spend all day there and still want to come back and visit again. The staff bring the house alive as they take you on tour around it. It has a small coffee shop and beautiful Gardens. Well worth a visit.

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