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Flame! The Gasworks Museum of Ireland

Address: 44 Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus BT38 8AT, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 028-9336-9575
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Owner description: Carrickfergus boasts Ireland's sole surviving coal gasworks and is one of only three left in the British Isles.It opened in 1855 and supplied the town with gas for over 100 years. It stopped making gas in 1967 and finally closed in 1987.It is now fully restored and open to the public.Come along and have a guided tour where you will see how gas was made from coal in Europe's largest surviving set of retorts. You'll also get a great view from the top of the gasholder! Marvel at how gas was used for light, heat and power. Our opening hours are May to Aug inc: Daily except Saturdays 2-5pm September: Monday to Friday 2-5pmWe can open at any time outside these hours for advanced bookings, which can be made either by email or telephone.A hidden gem in the heart of Carrickfergus illuminating town gas's unique role in the development of urban areas.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful local museum, run by passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, with plenty to see for gas enthusiasts and people who know absolutely nothing about gas (i.e. me) alike. I have been to Carrickfergus many times but never known about this hidden gem. Aside from the warmth and welcome given by the staff, there are some fantastic historical... More

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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is the only place in Ireland where you can see what the past was like with regard to gas supply. Plenty of old memorabilia and guides are well informed.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

My friend and i happened upon this wee treasure on an afternoon out. I didn't expect to, but i actually found it really interesting! The passion from the guides is the real winning quality of the place. You really get a feel for what life was like working in the factory and the old machinery is fascinating! Would recommend it!

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Skelmersdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Fantastic museum and all free, really unusual and interesting. Staff are amazing and take you round and tell you all about the process and the old gas appliances. Thoroughly enjoyed it, especially climbing up the gasometer

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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Free entry. I had to ring a bell to get in. Once inside you’re taken to a room to watch a short film on a TV. Really? I guess it did serve to introduce and illustrate the gas era. The work looked insanely dangerous. The tour guide is a star. I loved his knowledge of old ships, the “Belfast roof”... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Excellent guided tour by a very knowledgeable gentleman. A free museum with lots of interesting items

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Letterkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Over the years I have visited a lot of places, and done a lot of tours, but never did I have my own personal one. I like visiting quirky spots, as you get fed up visiting castles, art galleries etc., so while in Carrick recently, I decided to visit Flame, and I would urge anybody who is in town, to... More

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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I was just passing through. The place was closed, and will open up for passing people in May (see photo for their seasonal opening times). You can call and get in "by appointment", but I didn't. I'll visit in summer.

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Carrickfergus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Everything you vaugely remember from the days of Town Gas Works.Lots of old appliances from the days befor things became "High Tec"

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

went here as part of european heritage open days,such a unique experience and thankfully a important part of our history has been preserved and the guide was absolutely brilliant.

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