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Holiday Openings

Seasonal opening for The White House is:

June-30th September
Saturdays and Sundays only, 1:00pm-5:00pm.

The White House

The White House has nestled on the Northern Shore of Belfast Lough for over 400 years and has now been restored into a beautiful visitor centre and multi-purpose space.  

The White House tells both the story of the Williamite and Jacobite Wars from a European perspective and the story of this historic building’s past right up to the present day. The building itself dates back to the 1500s but the most famous story associated with it is in 1690 when William of Orange landed at Carrickfergus on the 14th June.  William’s army landed at the ancient quay near the White House and William rode from Carrickfergus where he met with General Schomberg and other people of note.

After falling into disrepair in the 1800s the building was later used as a gospel hall until 1997.  At this point it was purchased on behalf of Abbey Historical Society by Ulster Garden Villages and in 2000, the White House Preservation Trust was formed to preserve and restore the building. The Trust worked tirelessly to attract funding and was successful in obtaining grant-aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Biffa Award, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Ulster Garden Villages. As a result The White House has been transformed into a beautiful and informative visitor centre.  None of this success would have been possible without the dedication of The White House volunteers, who mainly came to the project through the Abbey Historical Society.

Through a range of colourful displays including artefacts, images and interactives, you can explore both the past and present of this unique historical site.

The White House is fully accessible and includes baby changing facilities, lift access and an accessible toilet. Induction loops are installed at reception and in the function room.

In 2015 the White House Preservation Trust kindly gifted the White House to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. The Council is currently reviewing the building’s opening hours and it is therefore currently open by appointment only. A guided tour is provided and refreshments can be arranged on request.  The White House function room (maximum 50 people) may also be hired for events.  

Free admission. 

Contact Us:

For more information about bookings, charges and to discuss your individual needs please email  philip.magennis@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk or call Tel: 028 9448 1338.


34 Whitehouse Park,
BT37 9SQ



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