A Property Buyer’s Guide to Living in Lisburn by Campbell & Co

Nesting on the borders of the River Lagan to the south west of Belfast city centre lies Lisburn. Formerly a borough and the current boundary between counties Antrim and Down, the city was granted city status in 2002 as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. Indeed, Lisburn has developed its own distinct character and appeal over recent years, establishing itself as one of the most desirable locations in Northern Irish real estate.

 

The most recent census data recorded a population of 45,370 people in 2011. Since then, the population of the fledgling city has continued to swell, creating a hotbed of cultural, social and economic activity in the area. The enrichment of Lisburn is set to roll out far into the future, and the residents of the city are amongst the happiest in the United Kingdom. Indeed, recently-published research by Forest Holidays found that Lisburn and Castlereagh are the top living locations in Northern Ireland in a nationwide ‘happiness survey’. The survey highlighted low carbon emissions and access to good health care as key happiness factors. However, as any resident of Lisburn will know, the reasons for happiness are vast.

 

At Campbell & Co, we love Lisburn. Since 2004, our estate agents and property experts have been to the forefront of highlighting the city’s very best assets, championing industry-leading sales, letting and management services to clients across the area. We took our love for Northern Ireland’s third-largest city one step further in 2017, opening our second branch in the historic Market Place area. More than just a place of work, we love the city of Lisburn for its people, its architecture and its history.

 

For the benefit of our clients and those potentially seeking property in Northern Ireland, Campbell & Co have put together a complete guide to living in Lisburn. Keep reading to learn more about the area’s people, its influences, its business community and more. 

Lisburn: A Hinterland of Heritage

Originally known as Lisnagarvey after the townland in which it was formed, the name is derived from the Gaelic Lios na gCearrbhach, meaning ‘ringfort of the gamesters/gamblers’. Whilst the city’s title and its old translation are of great interest to historians across the island of Ireland, the origins of its name are unclear. However, Reverend WP Carmody, one of Lisburn’s most prominent experts in the 20th century suggested that ‘Lisburn’ became the term of preference for English settlers, leading to the eventual ‘dropping’ of Lisnagarvey.

 

Whilst the city was only awarded city status in 2002, Lisburn boasts a long, rich and diverse history. The original site of the city was a fort based north of what we now know as Wallace Park. In the period leading up to the Plantation of Ulster, King James I awarded lands in the area to Sir Fulke Conway, a Welsh noble of Norman descent. This marked the beginning of a significant resettlement of English and Welsh natives in the area, with the central areas of Market Square, Castle Street, Bow Street and Bridge Street constructed in the 1620s.

Notably, the layout and many of the buildings in the city centre remain the same today as they were in the 17th century.

The City of Lisburn Today

Since Lisburn was awarded city status in 2002, the area has developed into a bustling urban zone, playing host to some of Northern Ireland’s most prominent bars, restaurants and independent businesses. A mere ten-minute drive to the neighbouring city centre of Belfast, Lisburn’s largely car-free centre boasts a huge range of local amenities which are now essential to happy, healthy and content modern living. Indeed, the area is superbly well connected with rail and road infrastructure, whilst still boasting some of the lowest carbon emissions in the region. 

 

Lisburn is becoming an increasingly appealing destination for first time buyers in search of their first family home or property in the area. The area’s huge offering of sporting facilities; museums, bars, restaurants and other amenities combine with a surrounding natural beauty to create a hometown that is safe, secure and a joy to live and work in. All of these benefits have led to a significant rise in property investment in the area, with investors identifying a high demand for rental property in the city. 

 

This has been particularly true over recent years, with a Belfast Telegraph report highlighting Lisburn and Castlereagh as the province’s top property investment spot. Taking top place in a property investment report by Barclay’s Bank, Lisburn’s appeal was highlighted by Ulster University economists. Indeed, in that same Belfast Telegraph article, Senior Economist Esmond Birnie suggested that Lisburn “has the advantage of being in the greater Belfast metropolitan area economy without any of the disadvantages of being within the traditional city limits”.

 

Such positive coverage for Lisburn has had an impact on local population figures, which point towards a continued period of growth for the city. Whilst local businesses record increased footfall year-on-year, council authorities have projected a significant rise in the city’s population. Whilst 2015 changes to Local Government Boundaries grew the area’s population to a figure of 136,808, economic growth and continued property investment have played a crucial role in this. The population of Lisburn City Council & Castlereagh Borough Council grew at an exponential rate between 1971 and 2011, representing an increase of 28% over a 40-year period. 

 

According to a council report published in 2015, the population of the Lisburn & Castlereagh area is projected to grow by approximately 10% by 2030. To illustrate this future growth, we’ve put together a table of population projections based upon the findings of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA):

2015 2020 2025 2030 2035
Lisburn & Castlereagh Population 139,888* 146,162* 152,244* 157,343* 161,470*
Source: NISRA *2012-based population projections for Northern Ireland were released on 30 October 2014.

Getting Around Lisburn

  • Lisburn by Rail: Lisburn has enjoyed a long-established reputation as one of the best-connected areas of Northern Ireland. Lisburn Railway Station was built in 1839, and remains as a critical transport hub for the local area. The highly popular express trains can reach Belfast’s Victoria Street Station in 10-15 minutes, whilst direct links are available to major locations such as Bangor, Moira, Portadown and Newry. Lisburn Railway Station even offers routes to Connolly Station in Dublin city centre. This fact alone highlights Lisburn as a great place to live, with popular routes reaching across the Irish border.
  • Lisburn by Bus: For decades, Lisburn has been served by Ulsterbus, a subsidiary of Translink, Northern Ireland’s primary operator of public transport. Whilst regular buses travel an eight-mile distance between Lisburn and Belfast, longer routes bring passengers to locations such as Banbridge, Newry, Craigavon, Glenavy and Dromara. Importantly, Lisburn runs an hourly bus service to Belfast International Airport. Bus users enjoy the Bus Centre at the corner of Smithfield Street and Hillsborough Road, opened to the public in June 2008. 
  • Lisburn by Car: One of the key ‘happiness indicators’ in Lisburn is its relatively car-free city centre and its low carbon emissions. However, the city’s convenient location on the Belfast-Dublin corridor makes it an ideal spot for car-owners and families. Numerous connections lead onto the M1 motorway (accessible via junctions 3, 6, 7 and 8). Visitors to Lisburn often notice the inner orbital route, creating a one-way system and a pedestrianised shopping district. Whilst the one-way system takes some getting used to, it has been widely praised for relieving pressure on southern routes into the area. 
  • Lisburn on Foot: Lisburn has been consistently highlighted as one of the United Kingdom’s best ‘walking cities’, and it’s clear to see why. A significant investment in a one-way orbital system has allowed for a pedestrianised city centre. Walking along the town’s marina remains a favourite activity for tourists and locals alike. Meanwhile, the town’s inner areas are truly unique, treading a pleasant balance between bustling nightlife and quaint ambience. On foot, residents of Lisburn can visit several points of interest, including the historic Market Square and Market House.

Lisburn: A City of Religious Diversity

Originally known as Lisnagarvey after the townland in which it was formed, the name is derived from the Gaelic Lios na gCearrbhach, meaning ‘ringfort of the gamesters/gamblers’. Whilst the city’s title and its old translation are of great interest to historians across the island of Ireland, the origins of its name are unclear. However, Reverend WP Carmody, one of Lisburn’s most prominent experts in the 20th century suggested that ‘Lisburn’ became the term of preference for English settlers, leading to the eventual ‘dropping’ of Lisnagarvey.

 

Whilst the city was only awarded city status in 2002, Lisburn boasts a long, rich and diverse history. The original site of the city was a fort based north of what we now know as Wallace Park. In the period leading up to the Plantation of Ulster, King James I awarded lands in the area to Sir Fulke Conway, a Welsh noble of Norman descent. This marked the beginning of a significant resettlement of English and Welsh natives in the area, with the central areas of Market Square, Castle Street, Bow Street and Bridge Street constructed in the 1620s.

Notably, the layout and many of the buildings in the city centre remain the same today as they were in the 17th century.

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Administration, Healthcare and Policing in Lisburn

As previously mentioned, Lisburn has been long-established as an economic and social hub. It is no surprise, therefore, that Lisburn is the administrative centre of the Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council area, which also includes the areas of Hillsborough, Moira, Glenavy, Dromara, Dunmurry, Mazetown and Drumbo. Whilst much of Lisburn’s political representation in Westminster is mainly drawn from the Lagan Valley constituency, sections are also drawn from West Belfast (from the Dunmurry district, for example).  

 

The city of Lisburn is celebrated for its high-quality offering of health and social care. Whilst dozens of medical practices dot the area, residents avail of Lagan Valley Hospital – the city’s main healthcare facility. The hospital’s A&E department is open 9am-8pm Monday to Friday, and is closed on weekends. Lisburn lies within the South Eastern Health and Social Care Board.

 

The safety of Lisburn residents is overseen by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), whose base in Lisburn can be found at 15 Barrack Street, County Antrim, BT28 1TJ. Lisburn’s local policing team covers the areas of Ravernet; Hillhall, Drumbo, Dromara, Ballymacbrennan, Moira, Maze, Lagan, Hillsborough, Blaris, White Mountain, Stonyford, Maghaberry, Glenavy, Ballinderry, Wallace, Magheralave, Lambeg, Hilden, Harmony Hill, Derryaghy, Old Warren, Lisnagarvey, Lagan Valley, Knockmore, Ballymacoss, Ballymacash, Moneyreagh, Graham’s Bridge, Enler, Dundonald, Carrowreagh, Ballyhanwood, Newtownbreda, Knockbracken, Galwally, Carryduff West, Carryduff East, Cairnshill and Beechill.

 

Lisburn has enjoyed a long history of success with Neighbourhood Watch, which works in partnership with local council and community groups to record and monitor reports made to Police, assisting in the identification and reporting of offenders. 

Shopping in Lisburn: A City of Choice

For decades, Lisburn has been a hotspot for some of Europe’s top brands, with the city’s High Street a long-established favourite for shoppers who are keen to avoid the long queues and cramped streets of Belfast. Lisburn city centre offers a huge choice of independent retailers and big brands, and the area has risen as a hub for artisan cafes and restaurants in its own right. Visiting Bow Street Mall and the beautiful Lisburn Square shopping complex is a comfortable and convenient experience, with a fully pedestrianised and car-free locale.

 

For the benefit of our clients and those potentially seeking property in Lisburn, Campbell & Co have put together a list of the area’s leading retailers, ensuring that your shopping experience is an enjoyable one.

iPhix Lisburn

iPhix is one of Northern Ireland’s leading repair experts, specialising in the repair and refurbishment of smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs. Offering lifetime warranty and a 30 minute express service, iPhix’s Lisburn store has become a firm favourite for its friendly staff and competitive prices. The Lisburn store opens till 8pm on Thursday evenings.

McCalls of Lisburn

McCalls of Lisburn have been supplying locals and customers from across the country with stylish menswear for over half a century. Now a family-run institution in the city centre, McCalls operates from 2 stores, offering stylish menswear, groomswear and high quality schoolwear. A must-visit for fashion lovers, McCalls attracts customers from across Northern Ireland for their offering of luxury brands such as Gant and Tommy Hilfiger.

Martins Discount Store

Martins Discount Store has enjoyed success in Lisburn city centre for a number of years, offering quality furniture and floor covering at competitive & affordable prices. Customers also delight at the store’s impressive range of furniture, including beds, sofas and chairs. For property buyers in Lisburn, Martins act as a first port of call for picking up those essentials that truly make a house a home.

Reid’s Shoes:

Martins Discount Store has enjoyed success in Lisburn city centre for a number of years, offering quality furniture and floor covering at competitive & affordable prices. Customers also delight at the store’s impressive range of furniture, including beds, sofas and chairs. For property buyers in Lisburn, Martins act as a first port of call for picking up those essentials that truly make a house a home.

Kapital Ink Tattoo Studio:

Neighbouring Bow Street Mall in Lisburn’s Market Place, Kapital Ink is one of Northern Ireland’s premier tattoo studios. Customers praise Kapital Ink for their vibrant, clean and professional studio, which is also family-run. The studio also specialises in piercing and laser tattoo removal - a must-visit for tattoo and piercing lovers.

John M Hanna Cycles

Lisburn’s car-free city centre and scenic surrounding areas have created a locale which is ideal for keen cyclists. As a family-run business with over 70 years of experience in the industry, the company offers a huge range of products, including bikes, go-karts and trampolines, as well as key cutting and cycle repair services. For amateurs and professionals alike, John M Hanna are the local leaders.

Clare McKinney Make Up & Beauty

Based in Lisburn’s Market Place, Clare McKinney Make-up & Beauty is an award-winning salon which prides itself in offering clients an exclusive and high standard of service. Specialising in Image, Yonka and Decléor skincare treatments, the salon is a local favourite for weddings, special occasions and big nights out.

Primal Strength & Movement:

Located in Lisburn’s Chapel Hill, Primal Strength & Movement gym specialise in helping their clients transform their health, improving their mobility and unlocking new movement patterns. With a range of classes, coaches and a welcoming fitness community, Primal Strength & Movement help their clients move, look and feel better.

Salon Kids:

For some children, getting their early haircuts can be a frightening experience. Fortunately, Salon Kids specialise in offering a child-friendly experience, with spacious, bright and colourful spaces to put anxious kids at ease. The first of its kind in the UK, Salon Kids continue to be praised for their friendly, patient service and fun environment. Salon Kids can be found at 20 Bachelors Walk, Lisburn.

PDSA Charity Shop

Based in Lisburn’s Market Place, this shop sells goods in aid of the PDSA, the United Kingdom’s leading veterinary charity. The charity provides low-cost and free veterinary care to sick and injured animals, and shoppers can browse fabulous second-hand goods with confidence that proceeds are going to a good cause.

P J Brogan Opticians:

Past-winners of Customer Service Excellence Award at the Lisburn City Business Awards, P J Brogan has been a successfully established practice for over 50 years. Experts in eyewear and eye health, P J Brogan operate a second practice in Ballynahinch. The practice offers a £10 discount off your first consultation - just make sure that you fill out the the online form

Glasgows of Lisburn

Established in 1988, Glasgows of Lisburn is a family-owned business specialising in all aspects of flooring. With 2,000 sq. feet of showrooms over two floors, Glasgows offer a huge range of options, from low-maintenance vinyl to luxury carpets. For first-time property buyers and those who have just moved home, Glasgows is a must-visit.

The Hair Lounge

The Hair Lounge is a multi-award winning salon, which doubles up as a hugely successful make-up and nail bar. With walk-ins and appointments welcome, the salons are a firm favourite in Lisburn, as well as north and west Belfast where the company has other salons. For beauty lovers in Lisburn, The Hair Lounge is an obvious choice.

Divinity Bridal

Divinity Bridal is Lisburn’s locally-loved bridal boutique. The bridal and bridesmaids collections are carefully selected from some of the world’s favourite designers, ensuring a varied selection of styles to suit every bride. Pieces are available to suit every budget, with a unique Easypay Deposit Scheme allowing their customers the wedding of their dreams without breaking the bank.

Layer Cake

A Layer Cake, lucky Lisburn residents can pick up fabulous cupcakes and layer cakes that taste every bit as good as they look. Specialising in buttercream cakes and offering Sugarcraft Supplies and Partyware, Layer Cake is a Lisburn favourite for every occasion, from hen parties and birthdays to weddings and launch parties.

Glasgows of Lisburn

Established in 1988, Glasgows of Lisburn is a family-owned business specialising in all aspects of flooring. With 2,000 sq. feet of showrooms over two floors, Glasgows offer a huge range of options, from low-maintenance vinyl to luxury carpets. For first-time property buyers and those who have just moved home, Glasgows is a must-visit.

The Flower Boutique

Adding some beautiful colours and scents to Lisburn city centre is The Flower Boutique, a hands-on, family-run business offering a top-class delivery service throughout Lisburn and Northern Ireland. Each and every flower design put together by The Flower Boutique is hand-crafted and truly breathtaking, created by a qualified and experienced team in Jackie, Liz and Leigh.

Siam Thai Massage and Spa

Divinity Bridal is Lisburn’s locally-loved bridal boutique. The bridal and bridesmaids collections are carefully selected from some of the world’s favourite designers, ensuring a varied selection of styles to suit every bride. Pieces are available to suit every budget, with a unique Easypay Deposit Scheme allowing their customers the wedding of their dreams without breaking the bank.

Skelton Callendar Solicitors

Overseen by Dawn Callender LL.B, Skelton Callender Solicitors are passionate about changing clients’ experiences of the legal system. The firm offers a range of legal services, providing clear and concise advice in accessible language. The firm has been recognised by a number of professional bodies, including Women in Business NI and The Law Society of Northern Ireland.

C R Lowry Jewellers

Located in Lisburn’s bustling Market Square, Lowry Jewellers is a family-run business with roots in the industry since 1972. With a loyal client base and unrivalled customer service, Lowry Jewellers offer a huge range of pieces from top brands including Guess Jewellery, Hot Diamonds and Vivienne Westwood.

Mono The Bathroom Specialists

For some truly unique bathroom designs, check out Mono the Bathroom Specialists. With a huge range of bathroom materials and industry-leading professional advice, Mono can add personality and create your dream bathroom, whether your preference is vintage or modern. Notably, Mono will even reflect your new bathroom on a 3D design model.

Tropical Tan

Concerned about developing your tan in the Lisburn climate? Tropical Tan offers a wide range of beauty treatments, state-of-the-art lie down and vertical sunbeds, as well as a collotan bed. For something more immediate, customers can avail of vibro plates and a professional spray tan service. Based in Lisburn’s Longstone Street, Tropical Tan accepts both walk-ins and appointments.

Aqua Dog Hydrotherapy

Aqua Dog Hydrotherapy and Recreation Centre is a family-run business dedicating itself to the care and well-being of all dogs. All the largest hydrotherapy centre in Northern Ireland, Aqua Dog includes four qualified hydrotherapists and several in training. Sure to give your beloved pet a new spring in its step, Aqua Dog comes highly recommended.

Pizzarellys

Open from 12 noon daily, Pizzarellys can be found on Bachelors Walk in Lisburn city centre. Consistently praised on TripAdvisor, the restaurant offers an eclectic and varied menu, with an impressive selection of starters, mains and deserts. Famous for its pizza, Pizzarellys continues to be a local favourite thanks to its welcoming atmosphere and attentive staff.

Thornburys Restaurant:

Located in Lisburn’s Chapel Hill area, Thornburys is a city centre favourite with consistently positive online reviews. The restaurant offers an excellent selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner options, with special options for dietary requirements, including vegetarian and gluten free options. The pleasant and helpful staff at Thornburys are sure to give you a warm welcome.

A Sporting and Leisure Haven in Lisburn

Despite its relatively small geographical area, Lisburn has produced rafts of sporting icons over the decades, offering its residents a huge variety of lush green pitches, pristine courts, clear swimming pools and indoor sporting venues. For this huge offering of facilities, Lisburn was officially recognised as the European City of Sport in 2013. Keep reading to learn more about what makes Lisburn the ideal city for sports and fitness fanatics.

Lagan Valley LeisurePlex

For decades, Lisburn has been affectionately known for its huge swimming pool and watersports facility, the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex (known colloquially throughout Northern Ireland as the ‘Lisburn Swimmers’). The complex has been recently refurbished, emerging as both an essential fitness centre for the local population and a flocking point for tourists, school trips and youth groups. Mission Inflatable is a hugely popular activity for childrens parties and birthday parties, with inflatable demolition balls, rollers, slides and a recently installed Giant’s Causeway feature sure to provide an unforgettable day of fun for all the family. 

 

Don’t be fooled by the looping, colourful slides and inflatable props: Lagan Valley LeisurePlex is more than just a waterpark. Serious swimmers can train their skills in the complex’s 25 metre competition pool, plunging off 1 metre, 2 metre and 5 metre diving boards. Group swimming lessons are available for both adults and children, as well as parent and baby classes and a hugely popular Aqua Natal Yoga scheme. Notably, children under the age of 4 years-old are admitted free of charge to public swimming sessions in competition & learner pools.

 

There are a range gyms and fitness centres across the Lisburn and Castlereagh area. At Campbell & Co, we recommend looking into Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Vitality Membership, allowing access to six facilities across the area (Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Dundonald International Ice Bowl, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Glenmore Activity Centre, Kilmakee Activity Centre and Grove Activity Centre, with the soon-to-be-opened Billy Neill Country Park in Spring 2020). Under the Vitality package, members can enjoy a huge range of activities, including adult classes, racquet sports, health suites, ice skating, bowling and more. Dundonald International Ice Bowl is the only facility in the country with an Olympic-sized ice rink – so be sure to get your skates on and give it a try.

A Spot of Golf

Northern Ireland is one of the golfing capitals of the world, producing icons such as Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. Fans of golf will not be disappointed with the area’s offering, with Lambeg’s Aberdelghy Golf Course and the Castlereagh Hills Golf Course offering huge swathes of lush, green parkland and several holes to cater for all abilities.

Aberdelghy Golf Course

Located just five minutes outside of Lisburn city centre (just off the main Lisburn to Belfast A1 road), Aberdelghy Golf Course was one of the first municipal golf courses to be built in Northern Ireland. Opened in 1986, successive improvement programmes have extended the course to 18 holes. The relatively short course places emphasis on accuracy rather than distance. Water comes into play in 5 holes, and the course is open until 8pm Monday-Sunday.

Castlereagh Hills Golf Course

With a glorious glass-fronted clubhouse, a plush bar & restaurant, conferencing facilities, private function rooms and a professional shop, Castlereagh Hills Golf Course is a hidden gem amongst Northern Ireland’s municipal golf courses. The course is situated in the beating heart of the rolling Castlereagh Hills, offering majestic views over Strangford Lough and County Down. Keen golfers love this course for its 18 holes, tranquil water features and traditional stone bridges.

Other Sports in Lisburn

The choice of sporting activity in Lisburn is huge, producing some  top athletes including Mary Peters, Damien Johnson, Alan McDonald, James Tennyson and Alan McDonald. As such, Campbell & Co have selected some of the area’s top sporting clubs, which we hope will reflect the sheer range of choice on offer.

Lisburn Amateur Boxing Club

Northern Ireland has produced some of the biggest names in boxing, including Wayne McCullough, Carl Frampton, Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan. Indeed, it is the pioneering work of organisations such as Lisburn Amateur Boxing Club that continue to provide a vital sporting outlet to people across the region. The club boasts a long history, established in 1948 and based in Lisburn’s Tonagh estate. The club is always open to new members, with affordable joining fees for adults and kids alike.

Salto Gymnastics Centre

As the island of Ireland’s only dedicated gymnastics academy, the £1.5m training facilities at Salto Gymnastics Centre offer top-of-the-range accomodation for up to 16 people for the use of clubs or teams. The facilities on offer include fabulous ice baths, coaching & judging courses, sports acrobatics, recreational gymnastics and tai chi.

Lisburn Racquets Squash Club

With three teams playing in the Ulster Squash League divisions 2, 3 and 4, as well as a team in the Woman’s League and one in the Master’s League, the Lisburn Racquets are emerging as a sporting institution in Lisburn. Located on the Belfast Road only five minutes outside of the city centre, social play is immensely popular across the club’s perfectly maintained squash courts. Club-play sessions take place on Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. The president of Ulster Squash, Derek Brown, is the current team captain.

Lisnagarvey Hockey Club

A family club with over 400 adult members, six senior men’s teams and five senior ladies teams, Lisnagarvey Hockey Club also boasts a vibrant youth sector of over 350 members. The state-of-the-art centre is based on the Comber Road, and members praise the facility for its water-based 3G pitches. The club is always open to new members, and has been instrumental in catapulting hockey to national prominence in Northern Ireland.

Hilden Bowling Club

 Located in Lisburn’s Llewellyn Avenue, the lush bowling greens of Hilden Bowling Club represent one of the true sporting gems of the area. With two gents teams, two veterans teams and a ladies senior team, events and practice runs occur throughout the week. The Bowling Club is open throughout the summer from Monday to Saturday, with a weekly Saturday night dance for members only. The club also offers a bar and function room for parties and special occasions.

Downshire Tennis Club

 A short distance outside Lisburn lies Downshire Tennis Club, one of the country’s most successful and most popular tennis clubs. Internal tournaments, competitive leagues and social tournaments run throughout the year, with recreational play on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Whilst Downshire Tennis Club is perfect for those with a competitive edge, it is also ideal for those looking to get in shape, with weekly tennis fit sessions open for its members.

Public Parks and Walking Routes

With its rolling green hills, unique geography and beautiful species of flora and fauna, Northern Ireland has long been celebrated for its glorious offering of public parks, forests and walking routes. Life in Lisburn is no different, with some truly beautiful spaces offering ideal opportunities to go for an evening stroll, a weekend hike or a quick walk. For the benefit of our clients and those potentially seeking property in Lisburn, Campbell & Co have put together a list of the area’s leading retailers, ensuring that your shopping experience is an enjoyable one.

  • Lagan Valley Regional Park: Recently celebrating its 50th anniversary, Lagan Valley Regional Park is Northern Ireland’s first and only regional park. Renowned for the outstanding natural beauty of its surrounding valleys, the park is the home of crucial canal systems that sustain vast ecosystems of wildlife between Lisburn and Belfast, covering 4,200 acres of countryside and 11 miles of riverbank across a glorious mosaic of heritage sites and nature reserves.
  • Lagan Towpath: Connected to the Lagan Valley National Park is the famous Lagan Towpath, stretching across much of Belfast city centre through to a network of canal systems. Dating back to the 18th century, the towpath is home to a huge variety of wildlife. Keep an eye out for Queen’s University Rowing Clubs which can regularly be seen practicing along the towpath.
  • Colin Glen: Nestled at the foot of the Belfast hills is Colin Glen, one of Belfast’s most impressive outdoor recreation centres. Featuring activities for all ages, Colin Glen is spread across two sites on Dunmurry’s Stewartstown Road: the Forest Park and the Adventure Centre. Ideal for families, birthday parties, school groups and dog walkers alike, the site has attracted recent popularity since the addition of its Gruffalo Trail. 
  • Minnowburn & Giant’s Ring: Hidden on the fringes of Belfast are the beautiful walking routes of Minnowburn and the Giant’s Ring. Walkers choose these sites for their ornate wooden sculptures and sprawling woodland, with wild salmon and trout a regular sight. For history lovers, the Giant’s Ring is a must-visit: the site of a neolithic structure where pagan worship and human sacrifice were common. 
  • Castle Gardens: As the most historically significant open space in Lisburn, Castle Gardens is the former site of Lisburn Castle, a 17th century manor constructed by the Conway family. Tours of the castle area and workshops are free and hugely enjoyable. The Gardens offer full disabled access, street parking nearby and a short distance walk from nearby railway connections.
  • Moira Demense:Located in the pretty village of Moira, Moira Demesne is located off the town’s main street, covering over 40 acres of parkland. Filled with picturesque picnic sites, the area is known for its biodiversity, with ‘Wildlife areas’ within the space  given special protection status. With outdoor playgrounds and gym facilities for adults, Moira Demesne is perfect for families.
  • Wallace Park:Originally known as ‘The People’s Park’, the 26-acre Wallace Park was gifted to Lisburn in 1884. Noted for its 17th century duck pond, huge areas of green space and wildlife (watch out for the foraging bats), the park is hugely popular with dog walkers and birdwatchers. Wallace Park plays a vital role in absorbing the pollution of surrounding areas, including Lisburn.
  • Moat Park:Based in the centre of Dundonald, Moat Park offers spectacular walks around its historic moat, as well as providing pretty walking links between the park and the shops of Dundonald village. When visiting Moat Park, be sure to check out the Edward Bruce 700 Heritage Trail, an initiative launched by the Ulster Scots Agency to promote and commemorate common Ulster-Scottish history.​ 
  • Hillsborough Forest:Based in the pretty village of Hillsborough and adjacent to Hillsborough Fort is Hillsborough Forest, covering 200 acres of waymarked walking routes. Walkers choose Hillsborough Forest for its beautiful scenery and wide variety of wildlife, including waterfowl, swans and ducks. The Forest is currently undergoing redevelopment, with plans to include a Digital Sculpture Trail.
  • Duncan’s Dam:Neighbouring Thiepval Army Barracks is a local favourite, Duncan’s Dam. Used until 1941 as Lisburn’s primary water supply, the dam is now open for public access, with free parking and a playground at the north end. The dam forms the habitat of a number of animals, including ducks, seagulls, swans, squirrels and the Eurasian jay.

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Cycling Routes in Lisburn

Lisburn has no shortage of beautiful walking routes. However, the city is also ideal for keen cyclists. Whilst a traffic-free city centre and plentiful cycle lanes make for a bike-friendly commute into the area, there is a huge variety of cycling routes on offer. Campbell & Co have selected five top cycling routes, sure to give you the best views of our favourite city:

The total distance of this route hits the 20 mile mark – so this is sure to provide a great day of exercise, as well as seeing some of the area’s most prominent sites. Leave Lisburn on the Lagan Towpath towards Belfast, turning right after roughly 1.5 miles onto Bridge Street to Tullynacross. Turn left onto Sandy Lane, where you can enjoy views of the Belfast Hills to your left. Take a right turn onto the Ballyskeagh Road, rejoining the towpath near Drumbeg church. Head back to Lisburn, departing the towpath again at Lambeg. Here, you can use cycle lanes, proceeding through Wallace Park. Using the West Circular Road, access the Ballinderry Road via Causeway End Road. Proceed through the Moira road to Maze village, turning left at Halfpenny Gate to cross the River Lagan. Return to Lisburn via the Blaris Road to the towpath at former Union Locks. 

Similarly to the Lisburn City Cycle Route, the Lagan Valley Ride stretches across a path reaching nearly 20 miles in length. Fortunately, the route is relatively flat. Leave Lisburn along the western towpath, proceeding in the direction of Moira through the Blaris and Bog roads to Maze Racecourse. After the racecourse, make a right turn towards Halfpenny Gate, Thornbrook and Hillsborough Roads towards Moira. Turn left at the lights towards Clarehill Road, before turning left onto Botter Road. Pass over the M1 motorway before turning right onto Lany Road. Turn left at St. James Church and turn right at the following junction. Pass over the motorway again before turning left towards Culcavy. Turn left at the crossroads onto Halftown Road, continuing past the former site of Maze and Long Kesh Prison. Take a right onto the Blaris Road before taking the Lagan Towpath towards Lisburn.

This is a long cycle route, offering peaceful roads and beautiful views over Moira and Maghaberry. Terrain is relatively flat, before getting steeper in the approach to Maghaberry. Leave Lisburn by the Lagan Towpath, proceeding to Maze Village via the Blaris and Bog roads. Continue along Halfpenny Gate, Inishloughlin and Laney Roads before accessing Moira Main Street by passing over the motorway on Hillsborough Road. Proceed along Station Road before turning left onto Chestnut Hill Road after Moira Railway Station. Turn right following the next set of crossroads, turning left at the recently-refurbished A26. Continue for half a mile before turning right onto Hammonds Road, leading onto Maghaberry. Turn left onto Mullaghcarton Road, and continue for roughly 2 miles before turning right onto Drumcill Road. Take the steep descent towards a T junction, turning right onto Cross Lane before turning left into Lissue Lane. Turn right at the next junction towards the Moira Road. Take the first left onto Blaris Road, returning to Lisburn via the Lagan Towpath.

Here at Campbell & Co, we love the County Down Tour cycle route – a hilly excursion passing through drumlin country to Lisburn’s southeast, providing majestic views of lakes, loughs and the distant Mourne Mountains. A lengthy route stretching across 28 miles, this route’s steep terrain makes it a better suit for more experienced cyclists. Departing Lisburn via the towpath, take a left at Blaris Road, crossing the A1 towards Ravernet. Turn left at the crossroads, continuing towards Legacurry. Keep left on the Cabra Road towards Windmill Road, continuing straight into New Road before turning right, then left after the T junction. Turn right at the next crossroads towards Ballynahinch Road, turning left then right onto Loughaghery Road. Keeping left onto the Lakeland Road towards Ballykine Road, passing three sets of crossroads onto Creevytenant Road. On the approach towards Saintfield Road, proceed for a quarter of a mile before turning right onto Ballycarngannon Road. Proceed up the hill before descending into Drumbo Village. Turn left onto the Tullyard Road, moving downhill towards the B23. Follow the narrow road towards Tullynacross, before rejoining the Lagan Towpath back to Lisburn’s Civic Centre.

Of all the top cycling routes in Lisburn and its surrounding areas, the Lough Neagh Cycle Route is the lengthiest, stretching across 40 miles of flatlands, slopes and rolling green hills. Departing Lisburn along the Lagan Towpath, follow the Blaris Road to Maze Racecourse, taking the Dunnygarton Road left onto Thornbrook Road before proceeding towards Moira main Street via the Hillsborough Road. Once you have arrived in Moira, turn left at Station Road towards Chestnut Hill Road, proceeding over the crossroads towards Old Church Lane, eventually reaching the Ballinderry Road. Turn right onto Chapel Road, then immediately left onto the Gortraney Road towards the T Junction. Turn right then left onto Haddockstown Road, continuing over the crossroads before following the Ogales Road for one mile onto Feumore Road. Make a right, passing Sandy Bay before taking a left towards the B15. Turn left at the next crossroads, proceeding for half a mile before turning right onto Pigeonstown Road. Enter Glenavy by turning right at the next T junction, exiting the village by the Main Street, turning right onto the B12 Glen Road. Pass over the railway line, keeping left and continuing onto the A26. Follow the signs towards Carnkilly Road, going straight at the next set of crossroads, turning left then right onto Carnkilly Road. Follow signs towards Stoneyford, passing through the main village before reaching Sheepwalk Road. Descend towards the Glenavy Road, taking further steep descents towards the Knockarea Road. Turn left at the next crossroads, reaching the next set at Moira Road. Pass Maze Village, passing the bridge over the River Lagan. From that point, return to Lisburn via the Lagan Towpath.

Education and Learning in Lisburn

The educational performance of Northern Irish students come amongst the highest in the United Kingdom, and the excellent range of schools on offer in Lisburn are testament to that fact. Over 10 primary schools can be found in the area, as well as further options for second and third level educatio

  • Pond Park Primary School: 63 Pond Park Road, Lisburn BT28 3BF
  • Central Primary School: 52-56 Hillsborough Road, Lisburn BT28 1JJ 
  • Tonagh Primary School: Tonagh Drive, Lisburn, BT28 1DQ
  • Largymore Primary School: Hillhall Road, Lisburn BT27 5BT
  • St. Aloysius Primary School: Ballinderry Road, Lisburn BT28 1TB
  • Killowen Primary School: 20 Laurel Hill Road, Lisburn BT28 2UH
  • Ballymacash Primary School: 16 Brokerstown Road, Lisburn BT28 2EE
  • Brownlee Primary School: Wallace Avenue, Lisburn BT27 4AA
  • Forthill Primary School: Low Road, Lisburn BT27 4TJ
  • Harmony Hill Primary School: 50 Harmony Hill, Lisburn BT27 4ES
  • Scoil na Fúiseoige: 40 Gardenmore Road, Dunmurry, Belfast BT17 0DF
  • St. Joseph’s Primary School: 42 Castle Street, Lisburn BT27 4XE
  • St. Colman’s Primary School: 109 Queenway, Lambeg, Lisburn BT27 4QS
  • Old Warren Primary School: 147 Drumbeg Drive, Lisburn BT28 1QP
  • Knockmore Primary School: Hertford Crescent, Lisburn BT28 1SA
  • Friends’ School: 6 Magheralave Road, Lisburn BT28 3BH
  • Lisnagarvey High School: Warren Gardens, Lisburn BT28 1HN
  • Wallace High School: 12a Clonevin Park, Lisburn BT28 3AD
  • Fort Hill College: Belfast Road, Lisburn BT27 4TL
  • Laurelhill Community College: 22 Laurel Hill Road, Lisburn BT28 2UH
  • St. Patrick’s Academy: Ballinderry Road, Lisburn BT28 1TD
  • South Eastern Regional College: 25 Castle Street, Lisburn BT27 4SU

Primary, secondary and grammar schools across Lisburn and Castlereagh have enjoyed a stellar reputation across Northern Ireland, not only for their educational standards – but also for their large offering of field sports, including cricket, rugby and hockey. For travelling students, Lisburn represents an ideal location outside of Belfast. Direct lines from Lisburn Railway Station provide routes to Botanic Station at Queen’s University, as well as towards Jordanstown for students at Ulster University. However, railway connections allow travel further afield, including to Ulster University’s Magee campus, as well as regional colleges across the country. 

 

For independent learners and travelling students, Lisburn City Library can be found at 23 Linenhall Street, BT28 1FJ. With so much to offer, the library is light and open with several areas available to comfortably browse and read newspapers and books. Visitors praise the library’s huge selection of books, as well as its free WiFi. Notably, a grand piano is available onsite for library users to avail of.

Tourism in Lisburn

Tourism in Northern Ireland is thriving, currently sustaining over 40,000 jobs with Government pledges to double the industry’s contribution to the economy by 2020. Lisburn has also enjoyed this recent boost, with tourism numbers continuing to climb year-on-year. Aside from the area’s huge offering of majestic walking and cycling routes, Lisburn has its own tourist attractions in the city and its surrounding areas. In many cases, tickets and further information can be found at Lisburn’s Visitor Information Centre, located at Lisburn Square Shopping Mall. Campbell & Co have selected some of Lisburn’s most popular attractions, sure to provide a welcoming and memorable experience:

  • Ulster Aviation Society:​ ​The Ulster Aviation Society is a charitable society, working on a voluntary basis to further publication education in the history of aviation. Winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the Society’s impressive heritage collection includes Cold War-era fast jets, light transport aircraft, support vehicles, military helicopters and other artefacts. This attraction can be found at Maze Long Kesh, just outside of Lisburn on the former site of the Maze prison.​​
  • Inns Cross Market:​​ Taking place on the first Saturday of every month between 10am and 2pm, the famous Inns Cross Market is a monthly farmers’ market and a tourism hotspot in Lisburn. Revellers visit the market for its huge range of locally-sourced, artisan produce, priding itself on its ‘farm to fork’ ethos. Visiting the market is both a fun and educational experience, with local traders only too happy to share the stories of their products and businesses.​ 
  • Drumbo Park Greyhound Stadium:For live racing, delicious food and top-class after-race entertainment, Drumbo Park Greyhound Stadium is an institution in Northern Irish tourism. Admission and a race programme costs only £5 per head, giving you full access to lounges and outdoor terraces. A unique and flexible venue, Drumbo park Greyhound Stadium also caters for a range of events including breakfast seminars, drinks receptions and corporate meetings.​​
  • Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum:​​ he Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum is one of Lisburn’s most popular attractions. Visitors are invited to enjoy free tours exploring the history of Irish linen, one of the island’s strongest industries for over a century. Explore the long history of linen production in Ulster, with live spinning and weaving demonstrations. When visiting the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, be sure to check out the award-winning ‘Flax to Fabric: the Story of Irish Linen’ exhibition.
  • Island Arts Centre:​ ​Residents of Lisburn continue to praise the Island Arts Centre as the city’s hub for theatre, music, film and dance. The centre offers a huge variety of workshops and courses led by professional artists. Visitors are invited to enjoy the relaxed gallery spaces, the XPLORART Sculpture Trail and pieces from Northern Ireland’s most exciting up-and-coming artists. Opening times vary, so be sure to call the centre in advance of your visit.
  • Belshaws Quarry Sculpture Park:​ ​Quarrying operations concluded at Belshaws Quarry in 1950. Since then, the site has evolved into a thriving ecosystem for some truly unique wildlife and plantlife. Dragonflies and butterflies can regularly be seen darting over the pond’s bulrushes, whilst patches of red strawberries make for that perfect Instagram post. The site is open all year round, and has no access or parking charges.​​
  • Down Royal Racecourse:​​ Current host of the valuable Ladbrokes Champion Chase, the Down Royal Racecourse has been the home of Northern Irish horse racing since 1685, when King James II issued a Royal Charter and formed the Down Royal Corporation of Horse Breeders. The Racecourse has emerged as a top venue in its own right, playing host to weddings and various hospitality events all year-round. Private boxes are available, and the Racecourse’s offering of food and beverages is second-to-none.​ 
  • Coca Cola Visitor Experience:Based at Coca-Cola’s state-of-the-art factory at Lisburn’s Knockmore Hill, the Coca-Cola Visitor Experience invites tourists to learn more about the past, present and future of the world’s number one soft drink. Visitors are treated to multi-sensory learning experience, including guided tours, short films and an interactive centre. This attraction is free to access and is highly popular – so avoid disappointment by booking in advance.​​
  • Lagan Canals:​​ A 27-mile canal connection between Belfast and Lough Neagh, the first section of the Lagan Canals opened in 1763, linking Belfast to Lisburn. The canals have seen a series of restoration efforts, with the route now one of the most popular amongst Northern Ireland’s community of dog walkers, joggers and amateur photographers. The route connects to Lagan Meadows, which is a beautiful oasis hidden within Belfast’s urban area.
  • Stoneyford Reservoir:​​ 5 miles outside of Lisburn lies the picturesque town of Stoneyford, home to Stoneyford Reservoir. An important feature of the village, the Reservoir has doubled up as a highly popular walking route, as well as a top angling spot for rainbow trout and brown trout. Fish are restocked at various times throughout the angling season, and early season fly fishing is commonplace.
  • The Ballance House: ​​ The Ballance House is the restored birthplace of John Ballance, the 14th Premier of New Zealand. Home to many of the clubs and societies of Lisburn, Ballance House offers guided tours and a beautiful venue for a range of events. Visit Ballance House for its regular car boot sales and its annual Harvest Fair.
  • Hillsborough Castle: ​​ Whilst Hillsborough Castle is the official residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family, it also doubles up as one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions, open on certain days under the management of Historic Royal Palaces. Whilst the actual castle has been home to some of Northern Ireland’s most important political negotiations, the grounds of the castle offer a peaceful and relaxing walking route.
  • Lisburn Leisure Park and Bowling:​ ​Whether you are looking for a place to play, eat or stay, Lisburn Leisure Park offers all of those things in one great package. Only 10 minutes from Belfast and in the heart of the Lisburn area, the Leisure Park is home to an Omniplex Cinema and a range of top-class eateries. Notable, the Leisure Park is also home to the Lagan Valley Leisureplex.​​
  • National Football Stadium at Windsor Park:​​ Only 15 minutes from Lisburn city centre lies Windsor Park, home of Linfield FC and the Northern Ireland national football team. Windsor Park is home to Northern Irish football, but has also hosted all-star events, including some huge boxing promotions. With more plans for redevelopment in the pipeline, Windsor Park’s popularity is predicted to increase significantly in the future.​ 
  • Brookhall Historical Farm:Sure to be of interest to history lovers, Lisburn’s Brookhall Historical Farm can be found along the Ballinderry Road. With the site opening a window to past periods of history, this attraction is highly popular amongst school groups and youth clubs. When visiting Brookhall Historical Farm, be sure to check out the surrounding area’s country walks – perfect for a Sunday stroll.​​

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Unmissable Events in Lisburn

Lisburn is more than just an ideal place to live and work: the city is emerging in its own right as one of Northern Ireland’s most-visited tourism hotspots. Events run steadily throughout the year, providing residents and visitors with a calendar filled with regular events. From agricultural shows and music festivals to sporting events and new year celebrations, Lisburn’s cultural calendar truly offers something for everyone. For the benefit of our clients, Campbell & Co have hand-picked some of the city’s very best events, ensuring a memorable experience for all the family:

  • The Balmoral Show:​ ​We couldn’t produce a guide to living in Lisburn without pointing towards one of Northern Ireland’s favourite events – The Balmoral Show. Taking place each May in Lisburn’s Balmoral Park, Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event includes showjumping competitions, motorcycle displays, bands, shopping, tasting, a children’s farm and more. The show has been running since 1854, and attracts celebrities and leaders from across the UK and Ireland.
  • Chinese New Year Festival:​ ​Part of the Lisburn Light Festival, the Chinese New Year celebrations are a source of great pride to the people of Lisburn. The streets become awash with colour, with revellers enjoying fan dancing and the traditional Chinese lion dance. A number of workshops are also on offer, including for calligraphy lessons and Tai Chi sessions. Enjoyed by residents across the Belfast Metropolitan Area, the festival grows in size every year. This one is truly unmissable!​​
  • Waitangi Day:​​ Just like the Chinese New Year festivities, Lisburn’s Waitangi Day celebrations continue to grow year-on-year. Waitangi Day is the national day of New Zealand, celebrating the 1840 signing of The Treaty of Waitangi. These celebrations are funded by the Ulster New Zealand, with events taking place on the 6th of February. During the celebrations, be sure to check out Ballance House, the restored birthplace of John Ballance, 14th Premier of New Zealand.​ 
  • St. Patrick’s Day Meeting:As is the case in many towns and cities across Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest dates on the calendar. A huge range of events take place across Lisburn and the greater Belfast Metropolitan Area, filling the streets with joy, cheer and brilliant shades of green. Expect bars and restaurants to be filled to capacity, with parades taking place across the day. For tourists and residents alike, St. Patrick’s Day has something for everyone.​​
  • Lisburn Health & Wellbeing Day:​​ Residents of Lisburn love their city’s annual Health & Wellbeing Day, which takes place in late September. The Fair presents a wonderful opportunity to discover tools and techniques which can aid healing and promote your own wellbeing. The events include expert talks, workshops, one-to-one consultations and plenty of opportunities to connect with the residents and business owners of Lisburn.
  • Hillsborough International Festival of Literacy and Ideas:​​ Founded by The John Hewitt Society, the Hillsborough Festival of Literacy and Ideas is a springtime festival with events taking place across the picturesque village of Hillsborough. Expect unforgettable events packed with poetry, prose, music and film, plus talks from some of the country’s most creative minds. Inspired by poet and political writer John Hewitt, the festival is emerging as one of the area’s most popular events.
  • Spring Fair: ​​ TOne of the many events to be enjoyed at Lisburn’s Ballance House, the Spring Fair is a popular community celebration, taking place every year at the beginning of May. The Spring Fair is sure to offer something for all the family, including a mobile farm, bouncy castles, craft markets, facepainting and a barbeque. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of Ballance House, one of Lisburn’s most prized heritage assets
  • May Day Meeting: ​​ For tourists and residents alike, the Down Royal’s May Day Meeting is one of the biggest sporting and social events of the year. Enjoy thundering hooves on the track and cheering crowds at Northern Ireland’s home of horse racing. For those who do decide to take part in the May Day Meeting, the Down Royal offers an eclectic menu of delicious food and beverages.
  • Mayor’s Annual Carnival Parade: ​​ Taking place every year in early April is the Mayor’s Annual Carnival Parade, hosted by Lisburn & Castlereagh Councils. The parade attracts thousands of revellers along the parade route, which proceeds from the Island Arts Centre through the streets of Lisburn City Centre. With a family fun day, sausage sizzles and magic shows, this is sure to provide a great day out for all of the family.
  • Lisburn Coca Cola HBC Half Marathon: ​​ The Lisburn Coca Cola HBC Half Marathon attracts roughly 6,500 runners every year, with the starting line found at the Lagan Valley Leisureplex. Popular for being ‘flat and fast’, the 10k road race is ideal for competitive runners. Meanwhile, the 3k fun run is perfect for anyone just getting started. This is a highly popular event, with huge benefits going towards local charities.
  • Summer Festival of Racing: ​​ Taking place across two days in the summer, Lisburn’s Summer Festival of Racing is one of the biggest dates in the year for tourism and hospitality. Over 15,000 people flock to the Down Royal Racecourse to soak up the atmosphere of one of the highlights of Northern Ireland’s sporting calendar. The event attracts headlines for its famous ‘Best Dressed Lady Competition’ – so make sure to dress in your Sunday best!
  • Saintfield District Show: ​​ Running for over 75 years, the Saintfield District Show takes place at Glenbrook Farm, just ten minutes from Lisburn city centre. Here, farmers and animal owners from across the country compete in cattle and livestock shows. Northern Ireland is known for the strength of its agriculture and farming culture, and the Saintfield District Show celebrates the very best the country has to offer.
  • Sunflower Festival: ​​ Located at Tubby’s Farm along Hillsborough’s Cabra Road is the Sunflower Festival, now more commonly referred to as SunflowerFest. A celebration of music, literature and art, campsites are available for families. The festival attracts bigger names and artists year-on-year – so be sure to get your ticket while they are still available. Notably, SunflowerFest is one of the country’s most affordable festivals.
  • European Heritage Open Days: ​​ Taking place across Northern Ireland are the famous European Heritage Open Days, where hundreds of historic properties across the country open their doors to the viewing public. Discover Lisburn’s rich heritage, with various buildings coming alive with living history, film screenings, literacy events, theatre performances and visual arts.

Campbell & Co: Your Property Expert in Lisburn

At Campbell & Co, we are proud to have established ourselves as experts in the field of professional property sales, letting and management services to clients in the Lisburn area. With our Lisburn branch located at 4 Market Place, we have extended our reach in offering specialist sales, lettings and management solutions to valued clients across Lisburn. We are also established estate agents in Belfast, with operations based at 225 Woodstock Road.

 

Since 2004, we have built our industry-leading reputation on trust. Clients in Lisburn and beyond choose Campbell & Co for our high attention to detail and innovative approaches to property solutions. Our guiding principles steer us in delivering consistently high levels of service to each and every one of our clients, backed up by a local market knowledge that is unrivalled. Our service has even been nationally recognised, picking up top awards at the ESTAS for two consecutive years. Keep reading to find out how the expert team at Campbell & Co can connect you with your dream property in Lisburn:

SELLING

Campbell & Co have won the trust of clients in Lisburn and beyond thanks to our twin-pillar approach, focusing on delivering the highest levels of customer service, with some of the sector’s most skilled and experienced staff. This is combined with the extensive reach of our expertise, currently split across two branches. We’re proud to market each and every one of our properties from the very first day, guaranteeing that they are present, accessible and highly visible on all of Northern Ireland’s major property portals. Our professional marketing efforts also include comprehensive internal email and social media marketing campaigns.

 

Our years of expertise and industry knowledge equip us to not only achieve the best price for our clients, but also within a shorter than average time frame. The dedicated and experienced team across our two branches are on-hand to assist our clients throughout the selling process (this includes top advice on interior decor and compliance-related issues). From initial consultations to the handover of keys, your property sale is in good hands. Campbell & Co’s Selling Services include:

 

  • Free property valuation
  • Advice on preparing your property for market
  • We help you get the best price possible in as short a time frame as possible
  • Effective property marketing including extensive social media marketing
  • Key accompanied viewings
  • Ongoing sales progression until completion

Since 2004, we have built our industry-leading reputation on trust. Clients in Lisburn and beyond choose Campbell & Co for our high attention to detail and innovative approaches to property solutions. Our guiding principles steer us in delivering consistently high levels of service to each and every one of our clients, backed up by a local market knowledge that is unrivalled. Our service has even been nationally recognised, picking up top awards at the ESTAS for two consecutive years. Keep reading to find out how the expert team at Campbell & Co can connect you with your dream property in Lisburn:

Renting with Campbell & Co: Your #1 Letting Agents in Lisburn

We pride ourselves on offering renting services which prioritise the needs of the landlord, carrying out extensive property appraisals and recording internal descriptions whilst advising the client on all matters around compliance. After we have guided our valued client through this process, we pledge to put that property on the market within 24 hours. We guarantee to fully market all of our properties from day 1, ensuring that they are present and highly visible on all of Northern Ireland’s key property portals, websites and social media.

 

At Campbell & Co, we believe that there is a home out there for everyone. That’s why we place great emphasis on identifying the right tenant for the right property, taking care of essential paperwork such as employment checks and previous tenancy referencing. Following this process, we produce all required legal documentation, including tenancy agreements and documents pertaining to the 2006 Private Tenancies (NI) Order. Following agreement, our dedicated and experienced Property Managers are available to take care of the property handover, completing a detailed Inventory and Condition Report, and Video inventory of the entire property. Our renting services include:

 

  • A comprehensive property appraisal, ensuring compliance
  • A holistic marketing campaign from day one
  • Identifying the right tenants
  • Management of all relevant checks, including employment checks and referencing
  • Provision of all legal documentation, including tenancy agreement
  • Inventory and Condition Report & video by a dedicated Property Manager

Property Management

Campbell & Co are established leaders in the provision of expert property management services, with clients in Lisburn and across the Belfast Metropolitan Area trusting us to manage their property in an effective and professional manner. Once legal documents have been signed and all referencing is completed, we ensure that the deposit and first month’s rent is paid prior to the tenant moving in. 

 

Once the property is handed over to the new tenants we will manage rent processing, handle any maintenance or repairs, complete regular property inspections, manage the tenancy renewal process and carry out final property inspections. Property Inspections form a critical element of our services. In this regard, our dedicated Property Managers are on-hand to ensure the property is being well maintained. In addition, we offer an annual Income and Expenditure Report, assisting our clients in completing their tax returns.

 

  • Detailed property handover to new tenants
  • Comprehensive written inventory/condition report & full handover video
  • Manage compliance matters
  • Collection and processing of monthly rent with same day payments
  • Registering tenant deposits with NI deposit scheme
  • Regular property inspections during tenancy
  • Manage tenancy renewals in advance
  • Detailed checkout inspection at end of tenancy

Property Investment

Campbell & Co understand that over recent years, property owners are increasingly looking towards further real estate investment as a means of generating income. It is essential to get the right advice on property investment, and we offer expert advice to those considering investing in property. We’re proud to offer a free property investment advisory service, plotting strategies that are tailored and personalised to the requirements and budgets of each and every one of our clients. We can advise on where and what to buy, how to prepare the property for sale or rent and what returns to expect.

 

Our clients return to us for our trustworthy and informed advice. Beyond compliance advice, we can also advise on property repairs / improvements, arranging contractors to submit quotes for work, and organising works from within our panel of contractors.

Our Investing services include:

 

  • Advice on where to buy and what to buy
  • Negotiation with selling agents
  • Advise on what rental yields to expect
  • Property surveying and identification of defects
  • Organise quotes for improvements and repairs & arrange works
  • Manage & let your property

What Our Clients Say

Campbell & Co are leaders in the provision of property services in Lisburn. However, don’t just take our word for it. Keep reading to discover what some of our valued clients have said about their work with us:

 

“I have been a landlord with Campbell & Co for eight years. During this time I have found them to be highly professional and competent while also offering a personal service. I have no hesitation in recommending them.” – Brian Rodgers

 

“My husband and I have put our rentals in the capable hands of Campbell and Co this past 11 years. The service and professionalism has been 1st class. The attention to detail and regular updates are what one would expect from a slick organisation. We can honestly recommend anyone seeking to rent out their properties to look NO further than Campbell and Co.” – Michael and Anne O’Neill

 

“Gordon and all the people at Campbell & Co are simply the best to deal with. Super responsive and attentive to detail at all times. Happily recommend this Agency to anyone.” – Stephen Brogan

 

“I have been using Campbell and Co for nearly 10 years and would recommend them to anyone. They have proven to be reliable, efficient and trustworthy. Any issues tenants have had such as repairs or new items needed have been sorted out promptly and, from my point of view at a very competitive price. I rate this agency highly.” – Pamela Lennox

 

“Gordon and his team provide an excellent service. Property is let quickly and we have found there is very little vacant time between tenants. Any issues which arise are dealt with efficiently and I would not hesitate to recommend Campbell and Co.” – Ruth Moss


“We have used Campbell & Co. for the last few years. They are a friendly and professional team of people with superb customer service. Their efficiency and attention to detail is second to none, nothing is too much trouble. Look no further than Campbell & Co. if you want peace of mind with regard to your rental property.” – Linda Mitchell

Our clients return to us for our trustworthy and informed advice. Beyond compliance advice, we can also advise on property repairs / improvements, arranging contractors to submit quotes for work, and organising works from within our panel of contractors.

Our Investing services include:

  • Advice on where to buy and what to buy
  • Negotiation with selling agents
  • Advise on what rental yields to expect
  • Property surveying and identification of defects
  • Organise quotes for improvements and repairs & arrange works
  • Manage & let your property

Contact Campbell & Co Today - Your Choice for Estate Agents in Lisburn

We at Campbell & Co would be delighted to speak with you if you are thinking of selling or renting, require property management services or if you are thinking of investing in property to generate an income.