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“Fabulous medieval castle!”

Carrickfergus Castle
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Owner description: Due to the military impenetrability of this castle the town of Carrickfergus long thrived even when surrounding villages suffered defeats.
Reviewed October 28, 2013

OK, this was my favorite sight to see during our 2 week stay. It is exactly the sort of thing I picture when I think "castle". I like that it was basically the structure and you're not distracted by a lot of furniture. There are pieces here and there to help you figure out the rooms purpose, but you get a really good lesson in the history of the building by seeing the walls, floors and ceilings.

Take the guided tour, it adds tremendous value and you can putter about on your own afterward. Allow a couple of hours.

There is a very clear demarcation of the inner bailey (the first structures built), the middle bailey (added on later) and the outer bailey (the final construction phase). Among the things to see are a wonderful entry gate (with a murder hole), a tower keep, a small chapel, a spring fed well and an oubliette. This castle is literally on the sea, so take a jacket to compensate for the vigorous breezes. They have a very nice display of some weaponry of the period(s) including quite a few cannon from it's late occupancy.

If you can, take the train into Carrickfergus station, which is one of the most charming little stops I've ever seen. It's a half mile walk over some cobbled streets thru the town past some shops to get to the castle.

Thank scuffle
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Went there on perhaps the most windy and rainy day. The castle itself is very nice, well kept and very clean. There was no tour options that we could take so we just roamed about :/

Thank Sara L
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Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

This castle is one of the best kept I have seen around Ireland. It is beautiful and the tour was very informative . Even if you don't have an interest in history and castles, this will captivate and amaze you. Highly recommended

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Reviewed September 28, 2013

We didn't tour the castle but the town of carrickfergus is lovely, narrow streets, friendly shopkeepers, interesting mural on the one of the buildings. Well worth a stop for a walk about.

Thank Karen M
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Take at least a few minutes to walk outside of this area if you can't afford the time to take the tour, very nice walk on the jetty, read the plaques and admire the labor it must have taken.

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