Ballyclare (historically Bellaclare; from Irish Bealach Cláir, meaning "pass of the plain") is a small town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It had a population of 18,441, including the surrounding townland, as of 2016. The town itself has a population of 9,919, according to the 2011 census. Under the reorganisation of Northern Ireland local government in 1973, Ballyclare lost its urban district status and became part of Newtownabbey Borough. It is now part of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council It sits on the river Six Mile Water. To the north is the remnant of Craig Hill, which once provided a wooded backdrop but is now covered with modern housing. Much of the Craig Hill has been quarried for its basalt.The town probably owes its origins to its being a crossing point of the river, the strategic importance of which is shown by existence of a small Norman motte on the south side of the river and presently located in the War Memorial Park. The broad main street dates from the 17th century. In the centre of the town is the Market Square with the Town Hall. The town grew in the 19th century with the coming of the railway and it became an important industrial town with a large paper mill in the South West of the town and a large Linen Bleach Green . These factories gave their names to the roads leading to them, the Mill Road and the Green Road, but have been closed for some time. It is now a local service centre with a significant dormitory role in relation to Belfast. It is the main focus within the rural area for shopping, education and recreation. Wikipedia
If you are looking for travel information of Ballyclare in United Kingdom, you've come to the right place. Ballyclare is located at a short trip away from Belfast a major city in United Kingdom. So, ideally any vacation planner would recommend you to visit Belfast for its bountiful attractions like Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, Ulster Museum on your trip to Ballyclare. Also, to reach Ballyclare, you'll have to take a flight to Belfast; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Tour packages of Ballyclare are of 1 to 2 days duration.
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