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.
There is limited disabled access for wheelchair users. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs allowed except guide dogs and assistance dogs.
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**Work on the Great Tower roof at Carrickfergus Castle!**
From Monday 25th March 2019 the Inner Ward & Great Tower is closed to the public. This is to enable the start of on-site works in preparation for the replacement of the roof on the Great Tower. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Thee remaining areas of the Castle are open to the public as normal.
The works are being led by the Historic Environment Division, and are intended to secure the integrity of the Keep against leaks for several generations and allow a programme of further interpretive and conservation works to take place.
Work to the roof will be accompanied by other facilitation works within the castle complex. This is a major construction project and there will be restrictions on access to certain areas of the castle complex from time to time.
It is intended that most of the castle complex will remain open as usual during the project. There will be a live video feed of the construction and Historic Environment Division hope to host supervised public visits to the works.
There is currently no access to the top floor of the Keep.