Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus

Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman Irish 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 . 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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  • Took my brother in law, his wife and their one yr old son to visit the castle. It was cold wet and windy but very enjoyable, informative and they really loved it!! Full of history and definitely worth...  more »
  • Didn't go in the castle as we didnt have that much time, but it was amazing to see from the outside, and the view was good. If you have a chance you should go in, I'm sure it would be amazing.  more »
  • I have visited Carrickfergus castle many times as I lived close to it all my life. I often see groups of visitors calling at the castle as they tour the Antrim coast. The castle is certainly worth a v...  more »
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  • Great place to visit. Very interesting. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Lots of nice places to eat in the town.
  • A must see! One of the best, most intact castles in Ireland. Great tour too.
  • It's not the most grand castle, but it has a tremendous history. Very medieval, very interesting. My wife and I spent a few hours here discovering all we could about it, and loved it. Yes, it's not a huge ruins castle like others, but it's still worth a visit. Lots of good views, right on the harbor/coast. Great location!
  • The castle are close to the sea port of the city. It's well restored with a rest area and a little museum, where the children can play and learn
  • My first time here and I love it.. Castle is very historic.. There's plenty of places nearby for a grub. Highly recommended this place.

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