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Old Courthouse Information Centre



Located in the Old Courthouse, Market Square, Antrim the Old Courthouse Information Centre is your first stop shop for information.

The Centre offers a unique facility to customers:

Council Services

An important function of the Old Courthouse is the provision of visitor and information services alongside the box office for event bookings. Our customer service staff are on hand for direct access to the full range of Council services and information. A translation service is also available for customers. You can buy your ticket here for the auditorium programme of events or hire the auditorium for your own event.

Visitor Information

Staff are at your service to provide local and regional tourist information, accommodation information, fishing licences and permits. The Old Courthouse has a first class souvenir and gift shop with a wide range of handcrafted pieces, postcards, clothing, maps and many other unique products. A complimentary gift wrapping service is also available.

Cafe & Bar Facilities

Take your table in the Old Courthouse's bijou cafe and enjoy some delicious treats from light lunches and mouth-watering snacks to Fairtrade coffees offering great value. A bar service will operate before and after auditorium events and during intervals, as appropriate. The beautiful historic surroundings make the Old Courthouse the perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

Office Services

Photocopying, faxing, laminating and internet access.

Old Courthouse Information Centre is located at

Market Square, Antrim, BT41 4AW
Tel: 028 9442 8331
Email:[email protected]

 
Opening Times:

Opening Times:
Mon-Sat: 10:00am-4:30pm
(Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Easter, 12th & 13th July)

 

 

History of the Old Courthouse

The Old Courthouse was classically designed and built in 1726 for the grand sum of £150.  It is a two-storey building with a small turret (cupola) on top, dating from 1817.  The court occupied the upper floor while the lower floor provided an arched market-hall.

Many cases of highway robbery and animal theft were tried here and strict criminal laws resulted in transportation or death relatively trivial, offences, even the stealing of a sheep!

By 1836, the lower floor had been converted to a prison yard for prisoners attending trials and confining drunkards and rioters.  It was later converted into a public library.  The building continued to be used as a courthouse until 1994.

The Old Courthouse stands as a key landmark within Antrim Town Centre and its architectural significance is acknowledged through its Grade A historic building listing.