Lisburn in recent years has made the switch between being a mere borough to gaining city status. They’ve definitely ensured that they have kept up with their new title. With a growing population thanks to being only 8 miles from Belfast and with more affordable house prices, Lisburn has a lot more to offer than you may first think.
1. Ulster Aviation Society
The Ulster Aviation Society is a great day out providing an excellent experience to further public education in the history of aviation in Northern Ireland. The society is able to carry on thanks to a group of volunteer aviation enthusiasts that are excited to show off their heritage collection of planes.
2. Lisburn Half Marathon
It seemed like a natural progression from number 3. A big draw to Lisburn is their well organised Half Marathon that takes place in June. Personally, we’d probably stick to number 3, but we know that people actually, thoroughly enjoy marathons and choose to do them for fun. Yes, marathons for fun. Known as the ‘Flat and Fast route, it draws in approximately 6,500 runners per year, making the Lisburn Half Marathon one of the biggest events that Lisburn has to offer.
3. Irish Linen Museum
One of the most evident pieces of history to come from Lisburn is their heritage creating Irish Linen. This museum originally focused on the local history of Lisburn and the Lagan Valley but expanded in 1994 with the Irish Linen Centre which has drawn in tourists from all over the globe. The museum and its collections are showcased within the old Market House which is a stunning late seventeenth centre building. It is a great and informative day out.
4. Castle Gardens
Castle Gardens was once the site of Lisburn Castle which was a 17th-century manor house. The gardens offer a peaceful and beautiful walk around the grounds. It is free to access the garden and if you pre-book through the Irish Linen Centre, there is a free guided tour.
5. Bow Street Mall
Bow Street Mall really is the heart of shopping in Lisburn. It is handy to pretty much everything with a wide range of shops to choose from. It offers many famous shops and dining choices. Its location also provides quick access to the main street.