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Carrickfergus Castle

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Due to the military impenetrability of this castle the town of Carrickfergus long thrived even when surrounding villages suffered defeats.
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Marine Highway, Carrickfergus BT38 7BG, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9335 1273
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All reviews top floor information boards great history guided tour worth a visit lots of history walk around northern ireland great place to visit entrance fee per adult antrim coast belfast ramparts cannon boyne figures
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a guided tour. Very entertaining and informative. I was going to ask about the grooves in the walls when Adele, who was giving the tour, told us exactly what they were. Time and again she explained everything I was wondering about. Great to see...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Steveodo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit. It costs about 5quid an adult to get in. We stopped off on a guided tour so wasn't there for long. I would say you needed more than a couple of hours at most to visit. I would...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank O3094JMsarahc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The kids love it, a real castle, cannons and portcullis' and battlements. Lots of history on we're display boards, great views back all over carrack. There's a shop, too, with all the tourist stuff. Very impressive altogether. Loads of steps everywhere.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Walker1717
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a good castle built out into the sea. Unfortunately the keep was undergoing maintenance but there was still plenty to visit and see. The education area was great for the kids. We were there for around an hour.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Paul F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Impressive large medieval cast on the coast east of Belfast. We stopped as we were heading north to the Antrim Coast. The staff was very friendly and apologized that the main rooms of the castle (called the Keep) were closed due to roof construction. Unfortunately...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Bourlingueur60
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a beautiful landmark to visit. Unfortunately a big section of the castle was being refurbished when we visited so were unable to access the inside. There was a good room for kids and a separate room to dress up in, also some picnic tables...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank laurasY48LS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Must see if you are in Carrickfergus. Beautiful to walk around, especially in sunshine. If you have any interest in history, or if you just want to enjoy feeling as being back in the middle ages, you must visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Pavle K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’m N.Ireland born and bred and have visited the Castle over the years. As a kid I always thought it was fascinating. Having been to it twice over the last few years I’ve just felt it hasn’t been well funded. It lacks visitor engagement. Having...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank BeccaH490
Reviewed March 14, 2019 via mobile

This is a nice example of a Norman design of castle. If you have an interest in local history, cannons, deep glass covered well and armour. It’s not two big but there are stairs so you need to be reasonably mobile to get the most...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mariosH2378PN
Reviewed March 9, 2019

A very well preserved and renovated castle = still renovations ongoing. So I was not able to see the 3rd floor of the keep, because of renovations. And I was told, that they will close down some of the grounds for renovations soon. I paid...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Heather B
August 29, 2018|
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Response from John A | Reviewed this property |
Leave a whole afternoon, or at least 3 hours in order to take in as much as possible.
July 25, 2018|
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Response from Ingram202 | Reviewed this property |
Yes the castle will be open in October 10am to 4pm but no entry after 3.30pm .Hope this helps
July 8, 2018|
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Response from John A | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely...they'll love it!