An ideal town for a mini break in Northern Island, Ballymena has a rich history, several attractions and great shopping. The town also promotes a greener future with its Eco centre.
Just 28 miles from Belfast and originally created in 1626, the town of Ballymena has several historic buildings including the town hall, which shows off the Victorian architecture of the area. Four old churches in the area give a good insight into the religious history of the area and the remains of the Old Parish Church date back to 1721. The Saturday market has been running for over 600 years and is a popular attraction to visitors. The Ballymena museum and eco island are also entertaining for visitors and display the towns support of being environmentally friendly.
Two football teams represent the town with the semi professional Ballymena United F.C currently competing in the Danske Bank Premiership. Ballymena is a large rugby club with 6 senior teams one of which competes in Division 1 of the AIB League. The town also has established clubs for tennis, running, bowling and angling. The Cricket Club has a team competing in the NCU premier league, coming top of the league in years gone by. Seven Towers leisure centre provides facilities for most sporting activities including swimming.
Ballymena retains a successful manufacturing industry with international bus manufacturers and a large engineering industry. Modern information technology industry has also begun to build within the area and several international corporations have based themselves there. The town's Chamber of Commerce and Industry are actively promoting the area to encourage business to the area and the development strategy hopes for an exciting future for the town.