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Carrickfergus Castle

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 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. This space can now be used for historic artefacts, displays and small functions.

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

New visitor information displays will take you through the journey of the new roof project and construction works. You’ll also see the winch room and chapel.


Marine Highway
BT38 7BG


(028) 9335 1273

54.713043, -5.810442

Opening Times

The castle will reopen to the public from 1 October 2020 for pre-booked guided tours only, due to the safety measures required by COVID-19. Tours take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting at the following times: 10.00, 11.45 & 14:30
You can make bookings by contacting 028 9335 1273 Monday to Saturday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm. Tickets allow entry to the castle for 90 minutes.
Visitor numbers have been reduced to allow for social distancing. There will be a maximum of 10 people on each tour, however be aware that other visitors may be booked on your tour and it is not a personal time slot.


  • Toilets
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Parking Available
  • Family Discount