Sentry Hill Historic House and Visitor Centre

Sentry Hill House. Courtesy of Sentry Hill Historic House and Visitor Centre.
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Sentry Hill is a 19th century farmhouse in the Parish of Carnmoney, County Antrim. The house and its contents 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. This is largely due to William Fee McKinney who was born in 1832 and lived at Sentry Hill for most of his life.

William built up a remarkable collection of diaries, family letters and an extensive library of books and pamphlets. Along with souvenirs from family travels abroad, William collected natural history specimens and items of local historical interest.

William also became an accomplished photographer in later life. His extensive collection captures work and leisure, friends and neighbours. In doing this he literally put a human face to the lives recorded elsewhere in his diaries.

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. 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.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Science centre

Opening hours

April, May, June and September
Tuesday to Sunday 2 pm - 5 pm
Bank holidays 11 am - 5 pm
(last tour 3.45 pm)

July and August
Tuesday to Saturday 10.30 am - 5.30 pm
Sunday 2 pm - 5.30pm
Bank holidays 10.30 am - 5.30 pm
(last tour 4.15 pm)

Young people aged 16 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult on guided tours.
Closed 12th July.
Visits by schools and groups of 10 or over must be booked in advance to ensure entry. Please contact Sentry Hill for details of group visiting times.

Admission charges

(price includes guided tour of house)
Adult £3.50
Child £2.00
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £8.00
Concession (senior citizens, students, disabled visitors) £2.00
Group (10 or over) £2.50 per person
Group outside normal hours (10 or over) £3.50 per person Family Season Ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £20.00
Single Season Ticket £9.00
(Season tickets do not include special events)
Cafe only - Free entrance
The companion of a disabled visitor is admitted free of charge on request.

Additional info

A car and coach park is provided a short walk away from the visitor centre. A parking and drop-off point for visitors with disabilities is available at the visitor centre.

The visitor centre offers ramped access to the first floor exhibition gallery and resource room. Accessible toilet facilities are available on the ground floor along with baby changing facilities.

Disabled access to the house is unavoidably limited to the ground floor. Information about the upper floors is available in the resource room of the visitor centre.

Induction loop systems are installed in the reception area and video introduction room. A sound enhancement system is available for the guided tours of Sentry Hill house.

2 manual wheelchairs and 2 powered mobility scooters are available. Booking is advisable.

Animals are not permitted except for guide dogs.

If you have any concerns regarding access to Sentry Hill please contact us before visiting.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Literature, Social History, Weapons and War

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Sentry Hill house and home

A schools programme based around life at Sentry Hill during Victorian Times. Themes explored are Family, House and Home, Costume, Change through Time. The programme is interactive and cross curricular, using primary evidence for invesigation. It combines a tour of the farmhouse with a 'hands-on' workshop. (Group size:1 class; Duration; full morning session; Level: KS2)

How to obtain

For bookings contact Sentry Hill on 028 9083 2363. Charge £2 per pupil (teachers and adult helpers free). Teachers Resource Pack included in price.

Sentry Hill Historic House and Visitor Centre
Sentry Hill
40 Ballycraigy Road
BT36 8SX
Northern Ireland




028 9083 2363

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