Whitehead is a charming East Antrim seaside resort. The conservation area is there to preserve the character of the Victorian / Edwardian heart of the town. The houses and some shops date back a century, and so many are distinctive and beautiful. Some look a bit like ships, with railings and circular windows. Others still have their old iron decorative railings and look very exotic. If you're a visitor be sure to look at the railway station, parts of which were designed by Lanyon. We have the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland next to the football field, and you can see steam trains and diesel engines there. The coastguard station on Beach Road is now converted into houses, but is a very impressive building. Whitehead also has a walk along the Blackhead Path that goes right up to a lighthouse, where the views are spectacular across to Scotland. Nice period buildings you can get into include 19 Cable Road, The Gallery Whitehead. That's open at the weekends from 2 to 5pm as an art gallery, but you should also see the old doorbell, clothes rack on the ceiling and wonderful fireplace. The Old Tea House on the corner of Cable Road and King's Road has a great set of old stained glass windows and an attractive wooden interior. Bigger stained glass windows can be seen inside the churches, if you're able to visit those. The town is now decked in flowers for summer, so any walk in any direction is very enjoyable.
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