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When it comes to exploring the scenic beauty of Northern Ireland, The Old Inn Hotel nestled in the village of Crawfordsburn stands out as a true hidden gem. Located just 15 minutes from Belfast, The Women’s Journal recently visited this quaint and charming historic hotel.

The Old Inn Hotel has a fascinating history that dates back to the 17th century. Originally built as a coaching inn in 1614, it has witnessed centuries of transformations, including surviving through significant events in Northern Ireland’s history. It was also the Old Inn where C.S Lewis and his wife spent their belated honeymoon in 1958 after the publication of The Chronicles of Narnia. Despite its age, The Old Inn has managed to preserve its heritage and blend it seamlessly with contemporary comforts.

The Old Inn Hotel

Although The Old Inn Hotel looks small from the outside, it’s surprising big on the inside.

As you step inside the Old Inn Hotel, you are immediately transported back in time with its captivating architecture and vintage decor. The establishment boasts original oak beams, antique fireplaces, and charming period furniture that create a warm and inviting atmosphere for guests.

The thoughtfully designed rooms exude a rustic charm while offering modern comforts. We revelled in the cosiness of the room, feeling like we had stepped into a storybook setting.

The Old Inn Hotel, Crawfordsburn, Northern Ireland

Dining at The Old Inn

Dining at the Old Inn Hotel is a culinary journey to remember. The hotel’s restaurant showcased a diverse menu featuring both traditional Irish dishes and international cuisine. Each plate was a work of art, skilfully prepared with locally sourced ingredients that paid homage to Northern Ireland’s rich culinary heritage. The baked vanilla bean rice pudding with plum compote was a standout dessert dish that’s a must-try.

The Old Inn Restaurant, Crawfordsburn, Northern Ireland

The Treetop Spa

The Old Inn’s rooftop spa is a tranquil oasis that overlooks the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding Crawfordsburn Country Park. Relax in the rooftop hot tub while taking in the natural splendor below and find the ultimate connection with nature.

The Old Inn Hotel Rooftop Spa, Crawfordsburn Country Park, Northern Ireland

Exploring Nearby Attractions

Situated in Crawfordsburn, the Old Inn Hotel serves as an ideal base for exploring the surrounding beauty of Northern Ireland. Guests can easily visit popular tourist attractions like the Giant’s Causeway, the Mourne Mountains, and the vibrant city of Belfast, making it a strategic choice for travellers seeking to make the most of their trip.

One of the many advantages of staying at the Old Inn Hotel is its prime location. The Old Inn’s proximity to the sea offers the perfect opportunity for a picturesque country walk through Crawfordsburn Country Park to the beach. One such stroll led us down to Northern Irish coast for sunset and soul-soothing experience.

The Heart of Hospitality

One aspect that sets the Old Inn Hotel apart is its impeccable service. The staff members are friendly, attentive, and well-versed in the region’s history and attractions. Their commitment to making guests feel welcome and cared for adds to the overall charm of this hotel.

The Old Inn in Crawfordsburn, Northern Ireland, is a hidden gem that unveils a world of enchantment to curious travellers with a penchant for history. Its culinary delights, unique bedrooms with baths, rooftop spa overlooking the country park, and nearby country walk to the sea all contribute to a memorable and soul-nourishing experience. The Old Inn offers a harmonious blend of history, comfort, and nature, making it a haven for wanderers seeking an escape from the ordinary.


  • Jennifer Read-Dominguez

    Jennifer Read-Dominguez is founder of The Women's Journal and a digital editorial director with over ten years experience in the media and publishing industry. Jennifer has led the digital transformation strategies for many market-leading lifestyle magazines putting SEO and e-commerce at the forefront. She is also founder of Jeneration Public Relations - a UK digital-first public relations and communications consultancy that provides strategic coverage for clients.

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