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Local Attractions

Local Attractions

There is so much to do in Carrickfergus you will be spoilt for choice, below is a small selection of our favourites.

Carrickfergus Castle

A must for any tourist visiting Carrick

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 Scots, Irish, English and French, the castle played an important military role until 1928 and remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland.

For more than 800 years, Carrickfergus Castle has been an imposing monument on the Northern Ireland landscape whether approached by land, sea or air. The castle now houses historical displays as well as cannons from the 17th to the 19th centuries. A must for any tourist visiting Carrick, opening times and special events vary for more information visit.

Flameworks

The Gasworks Museam of Ireland

The gasworks opened in 1855 and supplied the town with gas made from coal until 1967. It was subsequently used to distribute gas piped from Belfast until its closure in 1987.

The gasworks was restored by the Carrickfergus Gasworks Preservation Society and opened to the public as a visitor attraction in 2002. Flame Gasworks is one of only three preserved gasworks in Britain and Ireland. It boasts Western Europe’s largest set of retorts (in which the gas was made), and an extensive collection of gas appliances and documents

Andrew Jackson Cottage

& US Rangers Centre

Located less than a mile from the Courtyard Coffee Shop, just off the Larne Road, the Andrew Jackson cottage is a traditional thatched Ulster-Scots farmhouse built in the 1750’s.

This cottage is one of about twelve cottages built in this style when there was an influx of lowland Scots people into S.E. Antrim. This cottage was built by the Donaldson family and lived in by them until 1979 when it was sold to Carrickfergus Borough Council.

It has been restored to its original state including an open fireplace with a daub and wattle canopy and hanging crane. The original Jackson cottage was demolished in 1860 to make way for the railway. The interior has been decorated as a traditional cottage with a dresser, sponge wear crockery and iron pots and griddles. The centre has an impressive exhibition on the life and career of Andrew Jackson (1767- 1845) 7th President of the United States of America whose parents emigrated from here in 1765.

In the grounds of the cottage is the US Rangers Centre, a museum dedicated to the men of the first battalions of the elite American Army Unit the US Rangers that was first ‘activated’ in Carrickfergus in 1942. The display includes documents, uniforms and photographs and other material detailing this famous combat unit.

Marine Garden & Pirate Ship Park

One for the families!

Immediately facing the Coffee Shop is pirate ship themed park which is situated in Marine Gardens. The park is a real hit with families, it boosts a huge ‘Pirate Ship’, Climbing Frames & zip line amongst other park favourites.

Marine gardens has lots of open areas for kids to run about as well as picnic tables with BBQ stands. A restored WWII Churchill tank and Cannon also has pride of place beside the war memorial.

Need Accommodation?

If you need somewhere local to stay check out the fantastic accommodation at, we can personally highly recommend it, you will be spoilt rotten! To contact them check out the website below,

http://www.fools-haven.com/