History and Heritage

Arthur Cottage

Photograph of breadmaking in Arthur Cottage

Arthur Cottage, 4 miles from Ballymena town, is situated in the heart of County Antrim. Only a short walk from the village of Cullybackey, it is the ancestral home of Chester Alan Arthur, the 21st President of the United States of America. 

Enter this carefully restored cottage and be transported to a bygone era and see how the Arthur family lived in the late 18th Century. Follow the story of the Arthur family and trace the link from a rural village in Northern Ireland to the American Presidency.

Arthur Cottage provides an educational experience for all ages. Baking demonstrations over the open turf fire by ladies dressed in period costume take place and visitors can come along on selected days and enjoy the soda bread and pancakes.

The cottage is open from 11am - 3pm every Saturday in June with baking demonstrations between 12pm and 2pm and then both Fridays and Saturdays in July and August with baking demonstrations taking place on Saturdays only between 12pm and 2pm.

Traditional Music Nights are frequently held in the Cottage throughout the year. Please check with the Visitor Information Centre for the next session.

For group bookings on other dates throughout the year, please contact the Visitor Information Centre on T: 028 2563 5010 / 5011. Small entry fee applies.

Opening Times:

Good Friday 30 March
11am – 3pm (No baking)

Saturday 31 March
11am -  3pm - Children’s Day with Easter Tree Making. Decorate the Easter tree with you own hand-made eggs (No baking) £6.50 per family

Sunday 1 April - CLOSED

Monday 2 April
11am – 3pm - Come along and join the fun – learn how to dye and then roll your eggs. Baking demonstration and tea/coffee £6.50 per family

Tuesday 3 April
11am – 3pm (No baking)

June to September:

Fridays and Saturdays
11am – 3pm

All other days open by appointment

For further information and bookings contact Ballymena Visitor Information Office on

T: 028 256 35010


Co. Antrim