Marine Gardens lies on the waterfront of Carrickfergus and is a beautiful parkland within sight of Carrickfergus castle. It consists of 3 distinct spaces with a winding walk as far as Fisherman’s Quay, where visitors can make their return to the castle along the delightful seafront promenade with fantastic views across Belfast Lough and beyond. (around 2km in total). It includes:
The gardens include an intricate array of paved routes split by sustainable planting and are a popular spot for picnics, playing and relaxing whilst taking in views of the castle and coast. As well as the gardens it incorporates Memorial Area, Clock Tower and Children's Playground.
The War Cenotaph features a cannon and full-sized, restored Churchill Mk VII tank, (a tank factory operated in the town during World War II), and the remembrance garden provides a thoughtful space to remember brave borough residents who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country.
Just a short walk away is a café and public toilets within the 'Clock Tower.' The clock has been a distinctive feature of the park since it was originally established in 1967 and incorporates a viewing platform over the wide green recreational space.
Cleverly designed, around the themes of the sea and sailing ships the family favourite play zone offers 3 separate areas for toddlers, juniors and seniors, providing play opportunities for a wide range of ages and abilities.
A large Lappset ship is the focal point of the play park and was re-designed to be accessible, as wheelchairs can access the top deck of the ship via the gangway. This impressive centrepiece reaches a height of over 30 feet and can be found in the senior nautical adventure area. The galleon called 'Result' is named after the very last ship to have been built in Carrickfergus in 1893.
The playground has wet pour safety throughout and everything a child needs including a zip wire, climbing frames, swings, slides, seesaws, roundabouts.