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The Giant of Drums experience with Bellahill Culture & Cuisine

2 Bellahill Road, Ballycarry, County Antrim, BT38 9LE
The Giant of Drums experience with Bellahill Culture & Cuisine

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Let your heart beat to the sound of the Lambeg Drum as you become immersed in its large role within Northern Irish culture.

Steeped in rich history and folklore, join expert tour guide Billy Thompson as you uncover the secrets and stories that are interwoven into the very creation of the instrument. As an interactive experience, Billy will guide you through the natural products, such as oak and goat skin, used in the formation of the drum, how they come together to create their distinctive sound, all whilst delving into the captivating history of the world’s loudest percussion instrument.

Although the Lambeg Drum’s origins and journey to Northern Ireland remain largely unknown, you will hear about the links between the 17th-century soldiers at Carrickfergus Castle and the drum itself, which was often used to rally the troops and boost morale.

Not only will you be shown how to play the drum but you’ll also be treated to a live performance from one of Northern Ireland’s Lambeg drummers. With an ability to reach sounds of 120dB - the equivalent to a clap of thunder - you’ll be invited to take in the distinctive rhythm and beats of the Lambeg drum all while enjoying a hot drink and light bite.

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  • Activities accessible for visitors with disabilities
  • All areas accessible to disabled visitors
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Level access, ramp or lift to a public toilet
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Ramp to main entrance
  • Toilets for disabled visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Guided Tours Available


  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Local Produce
  • Serve evening meal
  • Serve lunch

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Accommodation nearby
  • Cater for Corporate events
  • Cater for school groups
  • Groups accepted
  • Groups catered for
  • Prior Booking Required
  • Toilets
  • Welcome single sex groups, eg stag/hen parties
  • Workshop

Event Facilities

  • Booking Required

Languages spoken

  • Sign Language

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • Deposit Reqired
  • Special group rates

Provider Preferences

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size
  • Min group size
  • Open by appointment only

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Standard£15.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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Opening Times

Wednesday (1 Jan 2024 - 1 Jan 2025)

* Wednesday-Saturday 10.00am to 17.00 by advanced booking in 2 hour sessions

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