Top things to do in Ballymena

Top Choice Pub in Ballymena

Crosskeys Inn

Dating from 1654, Ireland's oldest thatched pub is an absolute treasure, with tiny, antique-filled rooms, a crackling turf fire, the best Guinness for miles around and fabulous craic. Live traditional music plays ev…
Modern Irish in Ballymena


Just off Ballymena's main street, this gastropub is worth seeking out for its seriously good cooking. All of the breads and condiments are made on the premises, such as exquisite pea-and-mint purée accompanying Port…
Science Centre in Ballymena

Ecos Centre

This visitor centre on the eastern edge of town, dedicated to alternative energy sources and sustainable technology, is due to reopen as a science park with interactive digital exhibits by late 2017.
Museum in Ballymena


Ballymena's museum is housed in a dramatic modern building that is also home to the town hall, tourist office and arts centre. Interesting exhibitions cover the region's history.