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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  • I love castles in Ireland. This castle has Great tours and you can take as many pictures as you like. The gift shop is fun and the employees are sincere and helpful.They don't mind questions. The restrooms are clean. The feel of history is real and you can climb in and around the inside of the castle. It's very family oriented with a children's center full of books, videos and puzzles. The grounds are amazing and full of flowers and history. I loved spending several hours there.
  • Very basic. Has a good history of the structure and of the town. Is quite small so would take about 1hr to get around. On the top floor is a games room with big chess which is good. Car parking is free and available right beside the castle. Creed coffee house is nice nearby for a coffee and a sandwich. Good for a quick visit overall and entry prices are cheap.
  • Great place to take the kids to help get them out of the house and experience history. This place is phenomenal to open the eyes of children to their heritage and past.
  • Oldest Norman Castle in Ireland. Kept in great condition. Highly recommended and unmistakable landmark.
  • Beautiful castle. Would like to have stayed longer but lack of parking was a real issue. The adjacent car park had been taken over by a fairground and the next closest was taken over by a market. Could only park on the street which was limited to 1hr.
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