The town of Ballymena is the ideal balance of bustling town and quiet rural getaway. While the hotels here offer a pleasant dose of peace and quiet, Ballymena is also located just a short drive from the big city excitement of Belfast, and the town has a vibrant shopping scene of its own for visitors to enjoy.
The range of accommodation available in Ballymena is broad. You’ll find the hotels here offer an eclectic mix of modern and traditional. As they’re largely located in the town centre, you will also be in the perfect location to enjoy a stroll along the River Braid and admire the town’s striking medley of Georgian architecture.
Nestled in the green arm of the County Antrim countryside and on the banks of the Braid River, the majority of Ballymena’s hotels are pleasantly situated. Treat yourself to a luxury hotel with a sauna, steam room and hot tub or find yourself in a hotel situated on the edge of ancient natural woodland.
Ballymena’s small but striking selection of hotels are all placed just a stone’s throw from the river, Ballymena’s shopping centres and a wide range of restaurants and cafes that will please everyone – from the ladies who lunch, to those seeking something more wholesome and hearty.
Why not experience life like one of the locals in one of Ballymena’s friendly bed and breakfasts? Scattered around the town’s residential areas, Ballymena’s guesthouses are functional but cosy, offering all the basics without leaving you wanting. Its B&Bs are a great option for those not looking to enjoy their home comforts within a comfortable budget. Since they’re mostly located out of the centre, they usually boast large gardens that bloom in summer, and iconic views of the Northern Irish countryside all year round.
For backpacker’s hostels, campsites and caravan parks you are going to need to stay just a short drive away. Why not camp out under the stars on the shores of Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland’s largest freshwater lake? Its sheer size aside, Lough Neagh is a must-see for its wide variety of birdlife. As home to the European eel, it’s also a popular destination for fishing.
Visiting Belfast on business and want somewhere interesting to stay? Book a hotel in Ballymena and visit the annual Ballymena Festival, which takes place every spring in the Braid Arts Centre. This month-long programme of events offers a varied range of musical delights to excite any visitor. From string solos to chamber choirs, and jazz musicians to piano recitals – you’ll definitely find something you like.
Come for business, pleasure, or just to enjoy the views over the River Braid, Lough Neagh and County Antrim’s breathtaking countryside. Whatever your reason for visiting, search for deals on Expedia and find the perfect hotel in Ballymena today.