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Sentry Hill Historic House

40 Ballycraigy Road | bt36 4sx, Newtownabbey BT36 4SX, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9083 2363
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Pleasantly surprised

Visited on Easter Monday, first ever visit despite being a local attraction. More to see than I... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
DJE-Andersons
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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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Charming place with lots to see

This is a lovey house to visit showing lots of artifacts and plenty of local history items. The... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
Woody2303
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Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
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Sentry Hill is a 19th century Victorian farmhouse in the Parish of Carnmoney, County Antrim. The contents of this historic house in Northern Ireland provide a rare insight into life in rural Ulster during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Sentry Hill was the home of the McKinney family, who came to Ireland from Scotland in the early 1700s. Remarkably the contents of the house have survived almost intact. Family furniture, books, paintings, personal diaries, letters, photographs and souvenirs from trips abroad all help to tell the story of the McKinney's, recording life at Sentry Hill and its surrounding areas. Over the years many guests have been warmly received at Sentry Hill by the McKinney family. The last of the family may now be gone but their welcome remains and the door is now open for you. The venue is a popular place to see in Co Antrim, especially during European Heritage Open Days. You can dander down the path through the sheltering trees and step inside the snug old farmhouse. As you cross this threshold you will stand where the past shakes hands with the present. Sentry Hill offers an entertaining day out to visitors of all ages with facilities including guided tours, attractive gardens, a cafe, gift shop and picnic area.
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40 Ballycraigy Road | bt36 4sx, Newtownabbey BT36 4SX, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 9083 2363
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Visited on Easter Monday, first ever visit despite being a local attraction. More to see than I thought, house packed with memories and artifacts guide very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, lovely garden CASH only so unfortunately hadn't enough on us to avail of cuppa so will...More

Thank DJE-Andersons
Reviewed 19 March 2017

This is a lovey house to visit showing lots of artifacts and plenty of local history items. The staff a informative and very friendly. Nice place for a coffee or tea after your tour.

Thank Woody2303
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Quides in this Victorian farmhouse were knowledgeable, kind and very attentive. Great insight into Victorian life.

Thank philomenabarr
Reviewed 5 February 2017

The history of and in this house is astounding. It has so much stuff you could spend all day there and still want to come back and visit again. The staff bring the house alive as they take you on tour around it. It has...More

Thank June A
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We came here during recent European Heritage Open Day last month. A truly remarkable period property. It's been preserved very well and gives a good insight into life 100 years or so ago. Kids really loved it.

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Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

Take lots of photos around the gardens. Take a tour of the house lots to see and do.I must go back there this summer.

Thank Berniejoe2013
Reviewed 29 September 2015 via mobile

A short drive through the rolling Antrim hills lead us to sentry Hill, a beautiful time capsul of a family home, as if the owner had just popped out to the shops. Wesley and Derdrie gave us a warm welcome, we then watched a first...More

Thank Clockworksausage
Reviewed 22 September 2015

Having seen the photographs on line I expected this attraction to be much bigger. It's quite a small house actually. There has certainly gone a lot of work into preserving this lovely home that gives us a glimpse into the not so distant past. Not...More

Thank Bluejean77
Reviewed 14 August 2015

Like most things that are virtually on your doorstep you are inclined to overlook them and go further afield. Having visited here I can say that some of the best things really are close to home! You can get admission for a family of 4...More

Thank gottaluvflying
Reviewed 6 August 2015

Today on a grey day we decided to spend a couple of hours at Sentry Hill House which is quite local to us. What a good decision that was. Right from the start the staff welcomed us warmly, a great tour by Deirdre and afterwards...More

Thank HappyNIreland
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