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Ballymena Things to Do

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    by Carenne Written Sep 4, 2006

    Ballymena is my home town. My mum and dad and most of my family live here or close by. Ballymena is full of wonderful shops - big ones, small ones, weird ones, cool ones, funny ones, specialised ones: you name it they got it. And what is best, the town centre is full of fantastic cafes and restaurants as well - I always put on loads of weight when I go home - there are so many good things to eat and so many good places to eat them in. Yummy yummy:-)

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    by grahamNI Written Apr 8, 2005

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    Ballymena is justly famous for its first class shopping, indeed we welcome visitors from all over NI as well as from further afield.

    We have a good mix of the usual national chain stores and, probably more interestingly, the local traders who sell all manner of things from quaint gents outfitters to long established family jewellers.

    Two main shopping centres, the Tower Centre and the Fairhill Centre, (hey)! both close to each other so no long hikes are required.
    Camerons department store is worth a visit and is also very close to the town centre....... so many shops, so little time!

    Dont forget the weekly Saturday market held behind the new cinema complex, parking is easy and you can also use the cinema car park, (free)! Dont go too late, its all over by 1 pm........ the early bird catches the worm etc.

    When you are all shopped out, why not relax a little at the Peoples' Park, where you can feed the ducks and have a stroll around the dam........ a great place on a sunny day and again, well within walking distance of the town centre, on either the Ballymoney Road or the Doury Road.

    Have fun in Ballymena, it IS allowed!

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    by vityaz Written May 22, 2012

    Drug abuse, alcohol abuse and antisocial behaviour are unfortunately rampant in Ballymena. There is a strong Christian following in the town which may have contributed to the problem - For a long time the council wouldnt face up to the problem because it wasnt 'Christian' to admit things were getting out of hand. In addition there is a problem with sectarianism and racism in the town. If you do come here its really better to stay in the town centre and not venture into any of the estates.
    Its worth visiting for the shopping, but itd be advisable to get in and out before noon. I live here and even I dont like being in the town centre after midday

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