Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus

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Carrickfergus Castle (from the Irish Carraig Ḟergus or "cairn of Fergus", the name "Fergus" meaning "strong man") is a Norman castle in Northern Ireland, situated in the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. Besieged in turn by the Scottish, native Irish, English, and French, the castle played an important military role until 1928 and remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Northern Ireland. It was strategically useful, with 3/4 of the castle perimeter surrounded by water (although in modern times only 1/3 is surrounded by water due to land reclamation). Today it is maintained by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency as a state care historic monument, at grid ref: J4143 8725.
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  • We popped in to the castle on our day out, we very much enjoyed the tour and would most certainly recommend this to anyone who visits the castle as it provides you with with a lot of information... 
    We popped in to the castle on our day out, we very much enjoyed the tour and would most certainly recommend this to anyone who visits the castle as it provides you with with a lot of information...  more »
  • Be sure to get a guided tour (free) so you can understand what life was like living in this castle and why it was constructed as it was. The tour was about an hour and well worth it. The man in the....  more
    Be sure to get a guided tour (free) so you can understand what life was like living in this castle and why it was constructed as it was. The tour was about an hour and well worth it. The man in the....  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • Really cool castle!! A good tour. It was very cold and windy and rainy when we went but worth it! Staff are very friendly, kind and helpful! A fun, interactive children's area. Convenient, free parking available. Gift shop on site.
  • I am in love with this place. The castle is beautiful, inside there is a reconstruction of what happened there. Is a hall with a video projection, which tells about the castle. There is fun for children. Also, there is even a paper guide with a history in different languages, which is the most impressive. There are Christmas decorations everywhere, which makes the tour very festive. Worth to visit.
  • Had a lovely day at the castle today, our tourguide was very knowledgeable and made the hours tour very interesting and enjoyable. Facility's on site are very good with there being two sets of toilets and a gift shop and an indoor activity area for the children. There is currently some work going on but it by no means spoils the day.
  • All I can say is awesome! This place was a fantastic walk through! The place is beautiful. Love oct and Halloween time! The people are so knowledgeable and helped us find more gems on our adventures through Ireland. Make the stop here, it will be worth it.
  • Beautiful castle! Absolutely lovely visit. Very friendly and helpful staff. It's big with many areas to look into and you can go on top to see out onto the water.

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