Belfast Telegraph

New lease of life for 16th century house

One of the oldest buildings in the country is now one of the newest visitor attractions thanks to a recent refurbishment.

The White House Heritage Centre, nestled on the northern shore of Belfast Lough for over 400 years, has witnessed many iconic scenes — the sailing ships that carried the King William armies, the Titanic sailing on her maiden voyage, and the Luftwaffe bombers using Belfast Lough as their gateway into the city to name but a few.

Alister Bell, secretary of The White House Preservation Trust said: “The White House Preservation Trust has recently embarked on the restoration of this old property. As part of the restoration process, an archaeological excavation has taken place, not just of the building but of part of the surrounding land. As a result of this excavation we hope to develop a more detailed history of the White House. The following history has been researched using the material currently available to us.

“The White House is generally recognised as one of Ireland's oldest and most important buildings. It is first shown on a map of 1569-70 entitled “Cragfergus Baie” the original name for Belfast Lough.

“The Plantation Bawn has recently been restored from a crumbling building into a beautiful and multipurpose space.

“The Bawn now hosts two exciting interactive exhibitions ‘A Tale of Three Kings’ recounting the Williamite and Jacobite Wars from a European perspective, and ‘Relive the History’ which tells the exciting story of the buildings past right up to the present day.”

The White House Heritage Centre is open Monday to Saturday 2pm - 5pm groups bookings will be take outside these times by prior arrangement.

Admission is £2.50 adults and £1.50 concession

For further information visit www.thewhitehouseni.com or call 028 9080 1690.

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