Official tourism website for Northern Ireland
En

Ballance House

118A Lisburn Road, Glenavy, Crumlin, County Antrim, BT29 4NY
Ballance House

Book Tickets Online

About

The Ballance House, the headquarters of the Ulster New Zealand Trust, is a restored 19th century heritage house in the tranquil rural countryside of Glenavy. It was the birthplace of John Ballance (b.1839) who went on to become the 14th Premier of New Zealand (1891-93); the first Prime Minister to successfully pioneer votes for women, 25 years before it was achieved in the UK. There is a blue plaque onsite commemorating John Ballance.

Our guided tour will introduce you to:

Our rejuvenated Exhibition featuring not only the story of John Ballance but also other prominent people such as William Massey of Limavady, PM of New Zealand during WW1 and inspirational stories of local people.

Historical carved Maori artefacts and early photographs showcase a unique cultural heritage. The Trust focuses on the history of relationships that exist between the province of Ulster and New Zealand.

A story of restoration from the 1990s with a focus on preserving original features and a repurposing of original stones.

The authentically restored 19th century Parlour will take you back in time with only natural light, open fire and oil lamps.

The largest library in Ireland of New Zealand oriented books.

Ulster rural life with original 19th century farming equipment, including a horse-walker.

This unusual location can be visited during our public opening hours and is available to book for organisational events, group visits, private family events, meetings, workshops etc at any time of year.

Guided Tours of the Exhibition and House are available on Sunday afternoons during April - September, 2 – 5 pm
Guided Group Tours available all year round (booking necessary).

Facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • Guided Tours Available

Catering

  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Toilets

Leisure Facilities

  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • Dogs accepted by arrangement
  • Free (parking charges may apply)

Add Ballance House to your Itinerary

Close window

Call direct on:

Tel+44 (0) 28 9264 8492

Map & Directions

Opening Times

* (subject to COVID-19 restrictions, check our website for updates www.theballancehouse.com/visitor-information)
April – September, every Sunday, 2 – 5 pm
Group Tours can be booked all year round
Family occasions, meetings, workshops can be booked all year round
Special opening can be requested

What's Nearby

  1. Slievenacloy is a vast wildlife paradise of grassland, meadows, rush and heath. It is…

    3.64 miles away
  2. For those who enjoy the outdoors, a visit to the RSPB’s reserve at Portmore Lough is a…

    5.04 miles away
  3. From school groups, to community associations and corporate guests, the Coca-Cola…

    5.05 miles away
  1. Colin Glen Forest Park is a beautiful wooded river glen, consisting of 200 acres of…

    6.18 miles away
  2. The Mouse took a stroll through the deep dark woods…. Come and join the very clever mouse…

    6.3 miles away
  3. A unique array of 25 historic aircraft and exhibits celebrating Northern Ireland’s…

    6.58 miles away
  4. Lisburn Visitor Information Centre is located in the up and coming Lisburn Square in the…

    6.63 miles away
  5. The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum is an award-winning museum located in Market…

    6.77 miles away
  6. Castle Gardens is the most historically significant open space in Lisburn and was once…

    6.83 miles away
  7. R-Space Gallery is a visual arts and crafts space, presenting and commissioning a…

    6.85 miles away
  8. Discover the magic of brewing by visiting Ireland's oldest independent brewery, in the…

    6.88 miles away
  9. Laganvale Farm caters for all weather offering a super indoor soft play centre which can…

    7.5 miles away
  10. Wedderburn Park is a small neighbourhood park in south Belfast. It is equipped with a…

    7.54 miles away
  11. Complete with bell and cast iron fountains, this Victorian cemetery was opened in 1869 as…

    7.83 miles away
  12. An attractive rolling parkland some 130 acres to the south of Belfast. The display of…

    7.92 miles away
  13. Bog Meadows Nature Reserve is an urban oasis composed of a mosaic of reedbeds, meadows,…

    8.19 miles away
Previous Next

Virtual Tour

Map & Directions

Back to Top

Tourism Northern Ireland

Don't Miss