Mill Brae Memory Garden – Larne, Northern Ireland - Atlas Obscura

Mill Brae Memory Garden

An uninspiring grass verge transformed into a therapeutic community garden. 

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In a little corner of Larne, a local resident transformed a former grass verge into a community garden for all to enjoy.

The garden in question sits at the bottom corner of the Mill Brae, at the junction with Lower Cairncastle Road, next to Larne Grammar Secondary School. Local resident Ann Magee single-handedly converted the area into a floral paradise with wildflowers, potted plants, garden ornaments, decorative plants, fairy lights, and paving stones.

Magee originally created the garden to honor her two sons, who tragically lost their lives. However, as the garden has grown and more of the community has come to cherish its meaning, the garden has become a place for all to come and reflect on loved ones who have passed. 

Know Before You Go

The Mill Brae Memory Garden is located at the corner junction between the Mill Brae, Lower Cairncastle Road, and Meetinghouse Street; just outside the town center of Larne and opposite Larne Grammar Secondary School.


There are plenty of free parking spaces along the Pound Street area of the town center. From there, it's a short 5-10-minute walk along Pound Street to Meetinghouse Street, and then onward to the site.