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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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A worthwhile visit back in time

This is well worth a visit, not only to visit the House, but also, you should visit the Sentry Hill... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
408jimmy
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Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
Masserene U3A Natural History Group Visit

As members of the University of the Third Age, we are older people who are still keen to learn. We... read more

Reviewed April 20, 2018
Sidney C
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Belfast, 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 3 days ago

This is well worth a visit, not only to visit the House, but also, you should visit the Sentry Hill Community Garden Groups' garden, where there are 48 garden plots, that are producing all sorts of garden vegetables. Really well worth a visit where you...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

As members of the University of the Third Age, we are older people who are still keen to learn. We knew the McKinney family had an interest in the Natural world and collected in the Victorian fashion. But what a treasure trove awaited us. The...More

Thank Sidney C
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

A hidden history gem and a great wet weather plan this venue is a time capsule of artefacts well worth A small detour of the beaten track to visit very impressed

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Reviewed 1 September 2017

I've passed this place once or twice but never been in before and stopped at the spur of the moment, on my way through. I love old houses and this is is particularly rich in history, with artefacts spanning general generations of the same family...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2017

My husband and myself visited Sentry Hill House on Saturday 29 July 2017 and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The two girls there (one on reception & the other the guide, sorry I can't remember their names) were very welcoming and friendly & give us lots...More

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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Passed this place most days and now I live beside it I just had to visit. My it takes you back to the era. Mr McKinney gathered up so many artefacts you could nearly feel his presence. Great place to visit and the guide definitely...More

Thank Patricia B
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Most enjoyable visit by over 30 of us. We watched a 20 minute video of the last owner (this is a must but not going to spoil the surprise) before having tea/coffee at a cost of £4 per head which included our tour of the...More

Thank SIB444
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

Fantastic, interesting, and inexpensive. This is a terrific place to visit. Deirdre who was our guide is a friendly person who knows the history of the family and house like they are her relatives! She brought each room to life. Margaret who was on reception...More

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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

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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.

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