Dunluce

Welcome to our public consultation for our proposed Visitor Centre for Dunluce Castle..

The proposals include amended access arrangements from Dunluce Road with dedicated car parking and space for coaches to drop off visitors.

Our vision is to create a modern visitor and education centre dedicated to Dunluce Castle by replacing the existing farm buildings already on site and using their form and layout to create the centre.

This event is your chance to have a say and help inform the design of our proposed development before we submit a planning application to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

The closing date for receipt of your comments is 3rd June 2020.

Dunluce Castle is one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic visitor attractions inspiring painters and writers and more recently was a setting for Game of Thrones.  Adjoining the Castle are the ruins of a town dating from the early 1600s that was only uncovered in 2011, it had cobbled streets, a market, courthouse and numerous dwellings all connected to the prosperity of the Castle.

Planning permission was granted for the development of the Visitor Centre in 2015 and so the current application is for renewal of the extant permission.

The Castle attracts around 60,000 visitors per annum and a further 60,000 people visit Dunluce Castle without entering the Castle itself but facilities at the Castle are currently very limited and there is little scope for providing them in the existing historic buildings.  The access creates congestion problems with a lack of management of both traffic and parking.  Dunluce has substantial potential; the ruins of the Castle are already an iconic image, while the continued excavation of the town combined with continued improvements to the Castle offers a destination with a great potential draw for the area. 

Our vision is to create a modern visitor and education centre dedicated to Dunluce Castle by replacing the existing farm buildings already on site and using their form and layout to create the centre.

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We are proposing to construct the Visitor Centre on the footprints of two 20th Century barns, while retaining and converting an 18th Century stone barn that adjoins them as part of the development and covering the courtyard with a single storey mostly glazed structure.  A new car park will be located south of the existing farm buildings with access off Dunluce Road.

Application Drawings

Feedback Forms

We would be very grateful if you could take the time to fill in the feedback forms and either submit them by email to consultations@pragmaplanning.com or you can print them and post them to Pragma at:

Pragma Planning and Development Consultants Limited
Scottish Provident Building
7 Donegall Square West
Belfast
BT1 6JH