Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
4.5
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Due to the military impenetrability of this castle the town of Carrickfergus long thrived even when surrounding villages suffered defeats.
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  • Jeremy B
    Hitchin, United Kingdom8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very impressive Norman style castle.
    A very impressive Norman style castle in a great location. Easy carparking, helpful staff. A proper traditional style presentation of artefacts and information. We tagged along with two primary school groups and learnt a lot more! Unfortunately, some parts were closed for maintenance. Put aside perhaps a couple of hours to get the best out of your visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Giuseppe Cincindella
    Rosyth, United Kingdom2,011 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice and interesting
    Back in 1170 when this castle has its origins, it's a Norman castle, famous to have been taken by William III in 1690 who was king of Ireland . Unfortunately we couldn't visit it inside as we were on a bus tour. Interesting stop, lovely village and location of this castle.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Tigertribal
    Craigavon, United Kingdom1,028 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    You can visit an exhibition area which shows a video of the Castle history & also an interactive area where you are able to try some head gear on etc. The keep was good with nice exhibits which were informative. Admission £6. Shop & toilets on site. Free parking in the adjacent Castle carpark.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • James N
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience!
    Had an amazing time with our tour guide Fra. Really went into detail about everything inside and outside the castle. Lived in Carrickfergus for years and been many times but learned more now than I did years ago. Beautiful piece of history and architecture and tour guides with rich knowledge.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Katy B
    United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So pleased I dropped in for a tour
    I visited N. Ireland to do the Causeway Coastal Route. With so much along the route to squash into a short trip I was unsure whether to stop here but I'm so pleased I did. I took a guided tour (around 1 hour long) and it was excellent. Miles was our guide and he gave us so much quality information about the castle & Carrickfergus; I really enjoyed it. There's also information boards to read in the castle and a video to watch too, but I'd recommend a tour to get the most out of your visit here.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Sandra H
    Thompsonville, Michigan348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This Castle is Worth a Visit!
    This Norman Castle in County Antrim was a nice afternoon visit with our group of eight adults. Very well presented and the tour itself is self guided with a detailed map to guide you along. The castle was all dressed up for Halloween with plenty of skeletons, which added to the experience. Excellent stop for the family and reasonably price entrance fee.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 2, 2023
  • kinoxl
    135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable visit.
    We took a day trip from Dublin. We were told to skip the Belfast Castle and come here. It's 20 minutes from the train station. Well worth it. Great water views and alot of history. The castle is over 1,000 years old. We didnt have a guide, but went through our own pace.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
  • Braindamagedbaron
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom1,007 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    William III heard
    The spot where William III landed in Ireland and a beautiful spot it is too. A short bus ride from Belfast and a really nice experience when you arrive. The castle is stunning with picture opportunities at every turn. Take a tour and learn all the history of the building. Fascinating stuff. The town of Carrickfergus offers much more than just the castle and it's a real stand alone gem itself.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 25, 2024
  • Joe C
    Trowbridge, United Kingdom50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the better castles
    We visited while driving to where we were staying in Northern Ireland. We bought lunch from the nearby tesco and ate it as a picnic within the castle. It has a building with a video playing about the story of the castle and some activities for schoolchildren. The castle has some impressive towers with good views. If you have a few hours to spare then it is worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 8, 2024
  • Ewa S
    Baltinglass, Ireland1,114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting tour
    I recommend joining a tour with the guide that is included in price. I learnt a lot from it. The story of the castle and its owners sounded like from Game of Thrones. Very interesting place. Inspired me to dig deeper into the history of the region.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 7, 2024
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KOKOkitty11
Boise, ID117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Well worth the 6 pound entry price, (especially considering you can pay more than 15 pounds for the prison tour in Belfast, which isn’t nearly as cool). The castle is well preserved, interpretive displays are great, and you really get a sense of what castle life may have been like. We spent a couple hours checking everything out, climbing the stairs to see the walls and great hall, etc. Overall, would highly recommend seeing this, especially if you’re staying in Belfast since it’s a short trip and there’s not much to do in the city (many shops are closed, attractions have limited opening hours, and the city just seems to be going through hard times).
Written November 9, 2022
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Scott B
Wantagh, NY685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Although not overly lavish, this castle probably did the best demonstrating the use of all rooms with the decor, stories, and information. They did provide good information on how the castle was a holdout for all of the battles which occurred throughout Ireland over the years.

Although we don't usually comment on the gift shops, this one did have a handful of unique items from local artists which was a nice change from the normal stuff found in such shops.

I would recommend that they put a dim light in the dungeon area so people can see what it looks like inside.
Written September 8, 2022
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Sue Clement-Evans
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Fantastic tour yesterday - Warren was our main tour guide,but everyone at the castle was friendly and helpful. Tour was well balanced with facts, humour and was presented in a professional and friendly manner. Really enjoyed the visit.

Everywhere was clean and covid safe.

They are now open for tours, think you need to book, some of the google searches showed closed but they are open and defiantly worth a visit. Also really helpful regarding other place to visit whilst we are in Ireland x

Thank you
Written August 21, 2021
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Declan
Limerick, Ireland34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I had been hearing about Carrickfergus Castle all my life, and finally got to see it this month. Honestly speaking, it's somewhat small and a little underwhelming, but the views are great, and it's quite inexpensive - mostly outdoors, and the indoor sights are limited. Tour guide (I've forgotten the name) was friendly and cheerful, although I agree with the earlier reviewer who said 'a little more history and fewer jokes' would have been better. Overall, a pleasant way to spend an hour or so . . .
Written October 22, 2021
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patmargcarson
Belfast, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Despite the castle keep being closed due to filming we had a great guided tour. Our tour guide, Matthew, was great. He gave us an informative and entertaining tour of the castle and managed to hold the attention of three generations of our family! No mean feat!
Matthew had obviously done his research and, like all good guides, told an interesting and enjoyable story.
I would definitely recommend a tour of the castle. The location is great, the tour is great and it is good value for the price charged.
Patrick
Written July 7, 2021
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mcsandi
Carrickfergus, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
At a loss as to what to do for my daughter's 7th birthday during covid restrictions i booked a tour at the castle for her and 6 of her friends. It couldn't have been more perfect. Philip our guide tailored the tour for our group of excitable kids and the castle had put together a special gift of crafts for Belle. Such a special and memorable afternoon.
Written October 15, 2020
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Thank you for this lovely review. Happy birthday to your daughter we are so glad she enjoyed her visit. We are unfortunately going to be closed from today for 4 weeks due to new restrictions but we look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Written October 16, 2020
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Gary B
Vancouver, Canada482 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We visited the castle in May 2019 while on a 3-day tour of Northern Ireland with Rabbies. The castle was originally Norman in design but was built over several 100 years starting with John de Courcy who seems to have been originally responsible for many buildings and ruins in the area. Apparently the castle was involved in many battles over the years and was the landing site and base for William of Orange. There is even a statue of William out front. Apparently he was not a very tall person. There are sections of the original town walls in the village and the village is worth a visit for snacks and souvenirs.
Written September 1, 2021
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marlene
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We were delighted to find the castle was open and guided tours were on offer. The warm reception was greatly appreciated on a rainy afternoon with two small children aged 2 and 6 years. We were met by our guide Warren, who was a giant of a man according to the children and he was both big and kind! He gently led us all through the wonders of the castle explaining the history and being mindful of the little ones. He even asked little Christian his age when he was talking about training to be a Knight. This trip was of great importance to the children and seeing the cannons, the jails, the knight's armour and sitting at the banquet table were truly memorable events for the little ones. The adults enjoyed the history and learned much about the families and the Kings.
Written August 4, 2021
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Happy mum
Carrickfergus, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Went to the guided tour this morning at the castle. It was fantastic! The tour guide Warren was brill and made the amazing history facts, so fun and child friendly. My 8 year old daughter loved it, she took a real interest. She has been learning about castles in school and this wee trip was so exciting for her. Warren definitely kept her interested, because she came home telling the stories! The place is kept so perfect and the statues of people who lived in the castle, bring such life to how it would have been. The stories of the trip stair and murder hole were my daughters favourite. The staff are so friendly and they have a cool gift shop, which we left, with some very cool knights regalia lol. Fun day, would definitely recommend.
Written July 24, 2021
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Sally C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Great castle, did the tour with Matthew who explained everything as we went round. After the tour we had time to explore on our own. Great views from the walls weather was perfect a real enjoyable visit and would recommend it as a place to go and see.
Written June 2, 2022
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