Glenarm Visitor Centre
Limestone has been quarried in Glenarm since the late 18th Century. The Limestone industry has had a key influence on the development of Glenarm. The harbour was built in the 1860’s for the export of limestone and iron ore.
Limestone has contributed significantly to the Glenarm economy since recent research indicates that at it’s peak 250 people were employed there. The Company Bell is visible in the limestone courtyard. The beautifully restored limestone harbour, which now enhances the entrance to Glenarm, reflects the decorative qualities of limestone when chipped into building blocks.
The old limestone crushing machinery and the red-brick chimney is all that remains at the Whiting Mill, along the Coast Road as listed structures and relics of this industrial heritage, while a new state of the art processing plant operates at the ‘new demesne quarry ‘ along Munie Road. The Layde walking-route follows the course of an artificial waterway that carried water from a stream high above the village, to the Whiting mill before it changed to steam-power, and was once the highest Mill-Race in Ireland.
A variety of other smaller-scale industries also existed here, in the 19th Century such as a Gin distillery and a Salt Works.
|Recommended duration of visit:||2 Hours|
|Duration of a guided Tour:||90 Minutes|
|Access for persons with disabilities:||For details see website|
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|Visitor centre on site:||yes|
|Gift and book shop on Site:||yes|
Monday - Friday 9.30am-2.30pm
- Guided tours optional
- Guided tours for children
- Leaflet ERIH Sites in Northern Ireland (pdf) (pdf, 2 MB)