The Mini Land Rover Experience
Opening Summer 2021
Opening Summer 2021
We are excited to launch our brand new Mini Land Rover Experience at Glenarm Castle Estate. Let the kids take control of the driving seat and book a slot in one of the first off-road Mini Land Rover adventure courses in Northern Ireland.
The driving course is specifically designed for the Mini Land Rovers, creating a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
Glenarm Castle’s Mini Land Rover Experience is for young children from the age of 3. Kids drive tough Mini Land Rovers in a safe environment and complete a range of challenges. Maximum height limit of 5′ or 150cm applies. The driving experience lasts for 45 minutes which includes a 15 minute safety briefing.
Driving experiences are available on a first-come first-served basis. The Mini Land Rover Experience is in high demand therefore we recommend booking in advance and walk ins are welcome. However we cannot guarantee availability so please check with the Welcome Centre Team before arriving. The team will be happy to assist you with all bookings and enquiries, please email [email protected] or call 028 28841 203.
Based at Glenarm Castle. The Mini Land Rover Experience is accessible from Larne, Ballymena and Belfast. Please click here for directions.
Opening Times – From July 2021
Daily: 10am – 5pm
We are open on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays.
Opening times may vary depending on the season.
Check availability on the booking page.
We now offer gift vouchers that can be purchased from our Welcome Centre, or online with an e-voucher or can be posted out.
Unfortunately the vouchers cannot be purchased in conjunction with our memberships.
Vouchers have a value in the booking system and as such they can be used to pay in full or part pay for any driving experience. Where the full value of a voucher is not used in a booking, the balance of that voucher is not redeemable elsewhere on a different occasion.
For more information, see our FAQs.
There are 5 cars available to hire. Each car has a potential top speed of 5 MPH, but this has been adjusted to ensure safe operation by children between the ages of 3 and 11.
Each car has a steering wheel, a starter key, accelerator, lights and a direction switch.
The Mini Land Rover cars can be switched off remotely by the accompanying adult by using a hand held fob.
The maximum load weight is 130 kg or about or 20 stone.
Children and accompanying adults should be dressed appropriately for the weather outdoors and must wear closed shoes such as trainers or boots. Drivers will find trainers more comfortable than wellington boots which can inhibit their driving. There is no requirement to wear a helmet although on some occasions, it can be fun to dress up.
We encourage people to book through this website in order to guarantee a fixed time slot and ensure availability. We do accept walk in customers on the day, but only if there is a vacant space on the next available drive. Priority is always given to the booked drivers.
Birthday parties and other special events can be arranged separately and can be customised to your children’s needs.
If you need to talk to somebody about booking a drive or an event, please feel free to call us on 028 2884 1203
We do a special deal for larger groups and birthday parties. It really depends on your requirements.
In general, we provide the cars and the space, The maximum party size will really depend on how you want to conduct the event, but we recommend no more than 10 children at a time. We have various catering facilities on site from the Tea Room, The Milk Parlour (Ice Cream) and Pavilion which provides food to go including burgers and pizza.
A typical party could include use of the cars for up to 45 minutes and then the use of the facilities to exchange gifts and cake for another hour.
The Mini Land Rovers operate on a specially built course in a field above the Tea Room. You must check in to our Welcome Centre first and a staff member will direct you to the course.