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.
The castle is open for pre-booked guided tours only. To book, phone 028 9335 1273.
Tours take place daily from Tuesday to Sunday. There will be a maximum of 10 people on each tour. Please be aware that other visitors may be booked on your tour.
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 visit will give you the opportunity to see how the Great Hall at the top of the Great Tower has been transformed by the new roof which has greatly improved the visitor’s experience.
See the latest time-lapse video showing the construction of the Great Tower’s new roof from start to finish: https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/articles/carrickfergus-castle-works-great-tower-roof
Please follow social distancing and government guidance when visiting. If you’re showing any symptoms of coronavirus, or have been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please do not visit.
Hand sanitising stations are available throughout the site. Please use hand sanitiser on arrival.
In line with government guidance, face coverings are mandatory when visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites (subject to some exceptions). All adults must wear a face covering unless exempt.
Masks are not provided. Please bring your own.
Staff have received additional training in response to Covid19; enhanced cleaning measures, including our toilet facilities are in place to make visitors feel comfortable.