Ballymena in United Kingdom offers a unique experience to travellers. The nearest major city to Ballymena is Belfast. Belfast, is a worth visiting city owing to its prime attractions like Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, Ulster Museum. Also, to reach Ballymena, 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. Get in the character of the city, this city requires at least of 1 to 2 number of days of exploration.
Yes,it is that simple really! Enjoy your trip! Keep travelling!