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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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  • Carrickfergus Castle... An old Castle in the Bay of Belfast. This completely renovated resort gives insight into life before hunterten of years. Cannons, stately rooms and a Trohnsaal give insight into those times. A 10 either in different languages (also German) are exact insight into the history of the castles of the past minutes informational film, until today. Highly recommended. Admission 5 pounds.
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  • This was actually the very 1st castle we entered and toured. But it was the 3rd castle on our journey. This was my "Birthday Castle". We traveled here the day of my b-day. The castle it beautifully ke...  read more »
  • Although Dunluce Castle is much more impressive, this castle was in use for a much longer time, so has been restored more. Worth a visit, just for the history here. 
  • Nice castle. However, the restoration left some modern architectural works not respecting the true age of the building. Otherwise, good explanations of the different sites.
  • Well worth a visit, especially during events held throughout the year. Highly recommend The Bruce Festival, featuring The Knights of Royal England.
  • City centre with nice ocean view
  • Great Castle well worth a visit.
  • The best example of a Norman castle in the UK
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