Historical bus tours

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Ballymoney Borough Arts Committee series of historical tours begins on Monday 20 June.

These tours are always a popular feature of the Committee’s summer programme offering the opportunity to learn about the history of many interesting buildings and sites under the guidance of local historian, S Alex Blair.

This month’s tour features Stranocum Hall, a beautiful Georgian house which dates to the 18th century when the estate was owned by the Hutchinson family. The house has been carefully restored to its former glory by Billy and Lily O’Neill who have made every effort to preserve the character and atmosphere of this splendid historic building.

The Hall also holds a small heritage museum and a number of outbuildings have also been returned to their original state with period furniture and fittings. On the way to Stranocum Hall there will also be stops at Roseyards Graveyard and the War Memorial in Stranocum village.

The bus will depart from Townhead Street Car Park at 6.30pm returning at approx 9.30pm. Tickets are £7 and include tea and coffee served at Stranocum Hall. Numbers are limited to 30 so book. Tickets are available from Tourist Information, Ballymoney Town Hall on 028 2766 0230.

The next tour takes place on Thursday 28 July and features historic sites and buildings in Dunloy area while the final tour on Wednesday 17 August will visit the Loughguile area.