Galgorm’s tranquil setting promotes an atmosphere of well-being and an attractive working and leisure environment conducive to high rates of productivity and innovation.
The Ivory Pavilion is set in the Castle’s historic walled gardens and is enhanced by the growing array of leisure and retail facilities, including a championship golf course, bustling garden centre and now a state of the art Conference and Events Centre.
Set in 240 acres of beautiful parkland, bordered by the Rivers Maine and Braid, Galgorm Castle has a rich and mysterious past. We consider it an honour and a duty to protect the exceptional character of the estate by introducing new and exciting business ventures to its historic grounds, creating a unique experience for client, customer and visitor.
Built in the early 17th century by Sir Faithful Fortescue, the Castle is one of the foremost examples of Jacobean architecture in Ireland. The Courtyard, to the west of the Castle, was built in the 1830s and includes the original groom cottages, stables and coach houses.
During the 1980s, the yard was restored to its former glory, a mammoth undertaking given the chronic state of disrepair into which it had lapsed. Working in close collaboration with the Historic Monuments and Buildings Branch of the Department of the Environment, the interiors were renovated to the highest of standards, recognized by a series of awards including the Civic Trust Award, the Business Environmental Award and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Award for Building Restoration in 1993. The original courtyard is regarded as one of Northern Ireland’s most prestigious business and craft centres. The championship golf course was constructed in 1995 and opened in 1997. It is listed in John Redmond’s book: “Ireland’s Finest Courses” as one of the top-30 courses in Ireland and has hosted three PGA EuroPro Tour events and is currently home to the Northern Ireland Open on the European Challenge Tour.
‘There can hardly be a more inspiring location’ Deric Henderson, Writer and Journalist
Galgorm Castle Estate enjoys a strategic and central location within the province, one mile south of Ballymena town centre and just 25 minutes from Belfast. Galgorm is well serviced by public transport networks and lies within easy access of all the province’s main airports and ferry terminals.
The Garden Centre opened in early 2014 in the Kitchen Garden of the Castle. This entailed the restoration of the imposing, but badly dilapidated original walls, and covers an area of two-acres, attracting 150,000 visitors a year.
The Courtyard development comprises of 30,000 sq ft of exclusive units with flexible configurations to meet individual requirements. They have attracted a wide range of businesses, both from within Northern Ireland and further afield and has enjoyed full occupancy since opening. Tenants include designers, photographers, engineers, financial and educational institutions, health and beauty practitioners, architects and company head offices.
We have drawn upon the intrinsic qualities and beauty of the Galgorm Estate to create mutually beneficial business, retail, leisure and tourist amenities with local support and a global appeal.