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“Nice place for a quick stop”
Review of Bonamargie Friary

Bonamargie Friary
Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Nice place for a quick stop”
Reviewed 27 July 2012

The entrance to Bonamargy Friary is clearly marked on the right as you leave Ballycastle heading for Cushendall. The entrance is just after the Golf Club and is right in the middle of the golf course (I noticed a few stray golf balls in the grounds!). The car park will only fit 3 cars, but it's rare to see more than one or two, you will probably have the place to yourself. Entry is free and there are no facilities.

It's a beautiful place to walk around. 30 minutes should be enough, depending on how involved you get. Personally I love reading the headstones, some of which date back to 1800. I'm sure there are much older graves here, but time has worn away much of the engraving. The friary itself is a third order Franciscan Friary founded in 1500. The grounds also hold the remains of many Great War and WWII soldiers, including a memorial.

If you are in Ballycastle and have some free time I would recommend this, even if just for some peace and quiet.

Visited July 2012
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English first
N. Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
194 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“History in the middle of a golf game”
Reviewed 10 May 2012

I am not a fan of golf, haha, however this friary has a special feeling indeed. It is utterly beautiful and well perserved with old headstones and so much to learn. Even though it is beside a road the trees around it muffle the sound and on a dry day the main church area, with it's grass floor is a terribly evocative and romantic. I love it.

Visited April 2012
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Chicago
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A quiet place where history comes alive”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

Any time I have gone here, there is never another soul around. The ancient ruin of the friary is amazing! It is in such a peaceful setting and the gravestones (some from at least the 1500's) are amazing...you can't help put notice and nod in respect to the graves of the unknown sailors from world war II that washed up on nearby Ballycastle strand. Absolutely amazing place! Very tight parking spot though:)

Visited February 2012
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Ballycastle, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Historical”
Reviewed 5 January 2012

This is a quaint attractraction set off the main road. It is a deserted ruin with a number of war graves from both the 1st and 2nd World Wars and at which an annual Remembrance Service is held after the main Cenotaph service for the town. It is a good place for the kids to explore and play

Visited November 2011
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Ballycastle,Northern Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Abbey ruins within easy walk of Ballycastle”
Reviewed 16 April 2009

Parking area is full with three cars in it, however the main road is straight here and parking on it is reasonably safe. Site is bounded on three sides by Ballycastle Golf course. The ruins are under government care and access is good for persons of all mobility. The building itself is surrounded by a graveyard and contains some war graves from the first and second world wars. When the grass is long kids have a great time falling about on it and because it is surrounded by a wall reasonably safe to let kids run about. It is possible for kids to climb up to a height from which they would get injured if they fell so watch out! Peaceful place on the edge of Ballycastle.

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