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Northern Ireland Hotels

The Old Inn

  • 15 Main St. Map It
  • Crawfordsburn
  • Practical Base
  • Fodor's Choice


  • A proverbial step back in time
  • Lots of character
  • Comfortable rooms


  • Slow service
  • Breakfasts not always up to snuff

Updated 04/29/2014

Fodor's Review

Set in the village of Crawfordsburn, this 1614 coach inn, reputedly Ireland's oldest, certainly looks the part: it's pure 17th-century with a sculpted thatch roof, half doors, and leaded-glass windows. As it was near one of the leading cross-channel ports linking Ireland and England, the coach always stopped here, often bearing visitors with names such as Swift, Tennyson, Thackeray, Dickens, and Trollope. Some of the finest bedrooms have 17th-century-style woodwork, sitting

rooms, and faux-Jacobean beds, while public salons offer beam ceilings and roaring log fires. In the refurbished Lewis Restaurant, named after C.S. Lewis, the Belfast-born author of The Chronicles of Narnia, you can tuck into Finnebrogue venison or braised shoulder of Mourne lamb. Over the centuries, large portions of the inn were rebuilt, and the East Wing is a completely modern take on Irish Georgian style.

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Hotel Information


15 Main St., 16 km (10 miles) east of Belfast on A2, Crawfordsburn, Co. Down, BT19 1JH, Northern Ireland

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 31 rooms, 8 suites
  • Breakfast

Updated 04/29/2014


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