About Newtownabbey


Each of Newtownabbey's constituent towns has its own unique characteristics, making the borough as a whole an intriguingly eclectic mix of urban and rural, residential and industrial.

The town of Carnmoney lies on the outskirts of the capital Belfast, at the foot of Carnmoney Hill. It is well-known in the local area for its sizeable cemetery that borders a picturesque and diverse nature reserve that is a popular local attraction due to the way it is frequented by a variety of wildlife.

The picture-postcard village of Glengormley has historically been visited by residents of nearby Belfast looking to escape the stresses of city life being home, as it is, to not only tracts of unspoilt countryside, stunning coastal foot and cycle paths but also the locally renowned Glen Inn. The village also offers a popular leisure centre and the historic Crown and Shamrock pub - one of the oldest drinking establishments in the entire county.

Rathcoole, which overlooks a lovely local glen and is surrounded by some of the finest scenery on this stretch of the Antrim coast, is mostly made up of a large housing estate alongside a bustling retail area housing many high-street names, but is perhaps most famous for its beautiful Protestant churches.

The urban area of Whiteabbey and nearby Jordanstown lie on the northerly coast of Belfast Lough, overlooking the university campus and is an understandably popular spot for walkers and dog-owners, with its attractive forests and streams.