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Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus

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Carrickfergus Castle 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, 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.OriginsCarrickfergus was built by John de Courcy in 1177 as his headquarters, after he conquered eastern Ulster in 1177 and ruled as a petty king until 1204, when he was ousted by another Norman adventurer, Hugh de Lacy. Initially de Courcy built the inner ward, a small bailey at the end of the promontory with a high polygonal curtain wall and east gate. It had several buildings, including the great hall. From its strategic position on a rocky promontory, originally almost surrounded by sea, the castle commanded Carrickfergus Bay (later known as Belfast Lough), and the land approaches into the walled town that developed beneath its shadows.
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  • A good way to spend an hour or so, gets a bit windy and cool so pack a coat. The staff were also very helpful  more »
  • sun splitting this day, and it was mothers day so being both mum and nanny I got an invite with my daughter and children - lovely couple of hours had here, children free to roam and interact with some...  more »
  • We visited as a drop of on our ‘B’ route of the City Sightseeing bus tour. With the Bus ticket we got discounted entry to the Castle. Not the best guided tour we have been on but interesting never the...  more »
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  • Great historical visit with knowledgeable tour guides. A very reasonable entrance fee and there seems to be lots of events throughout the year. The castle itself is well maintained with an interesting history.
  • Very cool castle. Cost to get in is cheap and it can take up a good chunk of time to see the whole thing. Also very informative and well-preserved. There's not much to stop you from gong in without a ticket. Just saying.
  • Absolutely fantastic interactive experience for all ages. Reception staff were excellent and very accommodating. This is a definite must see for visitors and superb value for money. Thank you very much an excellent day
  • Besieged in turn by the Scottish, 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)
  • Gorgeous views! Well preserved location. Great food nearby!