July 2019 - The 148th Open, Armoy Road Races and #summer

The world’s greatest golfers arrive on our shores for The 148th Open (14th - 21st July) held at Royal Portrush Golf Course. This is a fabulous event and great to see it return to Northern Ireland. Home grown golfers including Rory Mcilroy will be hoping to claim one of golf’s greatest prizes,

Royal Portrush is just 25 minutes from the Dark Hedges, making it an easily visited attraction before, after and during the golf. The Dark Hedges Experience team look forward to welcoming guests that are attending The Open.

July and August are often warmer and drier, with the nights being longer our Experience Centre is open until 5pm. We are fully stocked with Dark Hedges T Shirts, Key rings, Hoodies, Beanies and Sharon Millar Artwork. Grab your Dark Hedges memorabilia.

Another local event kicks off in July will please motorsport fans with the annual Armoy Road Races. These supercharged motorbikes race around the area at incredible speeds. Armoy is just 5 minutes drive from the Dark Hedges.

Please remember you cannot park on the Dark Hedges Road, please park your car inside the Hedges Hotel car park, this is the safest and best place to park your car and walk down the Fairy Trail to the Dark Hedges.

Balinea Road, is a busy highway, look both ways and ensure that you only cross the road when it is safe to do so.

Enjoy your summer vacation.

June 2019 #Summer is coming

A mix of weather hasn’t prevented visitors from enjoying the Dark Hedges Experience. The avenue and Dark Hedges Estate is beautiful in many different conditions and stages of the day. Grab an umbrella or use one of ours. The trees are incredibly lush and green. July is forecasted to be warmer and drier, a great time to visit. #summeriscoming

If you want to avoid the most crowded times, come early in the morning. The Dark Hedges Experience office opens at 09am daily. For those that wish to stay nearby, the Hedges Hotel located 50 metres from the Dark Hedges Experience Centre offers fantastic accommodation for overnight and longer stays. Contact the hotel for special deals in June including the Dark Hedges Experience.

Dark Hedges beanies, T shirts and hoodies have arrived at the Experience Centre. These fantastic items are incredibly popular, so be in quick.

Night Tours at the Dark Hedges will begin soon, with the first one on the 30th June 2019. Night at the Dark Hedges is incredibly unique, come check out this 2 hour experience.

The best parking for the duration of the visit to the Dark Hedges is at the Hedges Hotel. One of our Experience Centre staff will issue you with a parking pass for the Hotel.


Pick up your Dark Hedges Merchandise

Dark Hedges Beanies, T Shirts and hoodies available at the Dark Hedges Experience Centre


Coming up in May 2019 at the Dark Hedges

We are open for the May Bank Holidays
We are open for early May bank, 5th May, and Spring Bank Holiday, 27th May 2019. As the weather warms up, drive to Ballymoney and enjoy a day out at the Dark Hedges Estate. Everything you need for fun experience is here, Guided Tours of the Dark Hedges, and of course The Scullery Bar and Restaurant for lunch and dinner.

New Opening Hours

The Dark Hedges Experience Centre is now open from 9am until 5pm. Our tours depart daily on the hour from 10am to 2pm (weekdays) and 10 am to 3pm (on weekends). Call, book via our website or just turn up 10 minutes prior to the tour departure time.

What’s nearby the Dark Hedges Estate and Experience Centre

The Old Bushmills Distillery is just over 9 miles from The Dark Hedges Experience Centre and Hedges Hotel, to the south of the Giant’s Causeway. Dunluce Castle and the Royal Portrush Golf Club are within a 20-25 minute drive, and Belfast International Airport is around 50 minutes away.

One of the world’s best coastal drives is the Causeway Coastal Route. Download the map, pick up a rental car and start exploring beautiful Northern Ireland.

Game of thrones season 2, episode 1. Ayra escape on the kings road

Game of thrones season 2, episode 1. Ayra escape on the kings road

We had a fantastic tour of the Dark Hedges and surroundings by Patrick, who was so knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to share stories and historical anecdotes! Highly recommend. Also, these natural, beautiful, and irreplaceable trees should be preserved by shutting down the road to most traffic. The government should step in and protect these gems! Anyway, great tour!
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April 2019 at the Dark Hedges Experience

Game of Thrones Excitement

On the eve of the launch of the Final Game of Thrones season the Experience Team welcomed International Media to the Dark Hedges Experience at the Dark Hedges Estate. With a reported 30 million fans tuning in to enjoy this epic fantasy TV series, it is no wonder Northern Ireland is gearing up for an influx of tourists following the show.

The Dark Hedges featured in Season 2 and is an iconic setting and one of the most photographed Game of Thrones locations.

Just an hour from the Dark Hedges, the Game of Thrones Touring Exhibition is underway at the TEC Belfast. It is a must see exhibition featuring authentic props, costumes, breathtaking images and enthralling artifacts from the hit HBO series. This exhibition will drop fans into the center of the Seven Kingdoms. http://gameofthronesexhibition.com/

Northern Ireland is home to a number of filming locations including the Dark Hedges. We invite you to make your pilgrimage to see the real life locations, exhibitions and discover Westeros for yourself.

go.irlnd.co/GOTTouringExhibition …

New Signage at the Dark Hedges

You can’t miss us, our new Experience Centre is located just 50m from the hotel reception. Open from 10am daily, step inside and book your ticket for a journey into the history and folklore of the Dark Hedges.

Parking is at the Hedges Hotel. Please note you cannot drive down the road through the Dark Hedges.

The Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club, Northern Ireland

On Sunday, one of golfs greatest players, Tiger Woods, won The Masters in Augusta. This sets up a compelling lead up to The Open which will be held at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland in July 2019.
The golf club is located just 25 minutes from the Dark Hedges Experience. Make the Dark Hedges a must stop either before or after the tournament.

Good Reads…

If you enjoy a good inflight magazine read, check out the following feature from the Delta Inflight Magazine written by Judith Garrison. Opening Doors https://view.imirus.com/209/document/13114/page/42?sfns=mo

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