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One of Ireland's finest medieval castles. A striking feature of the landscape from land, sea & air.
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:
New visitor information displays will take you through the journey of the new roof project and construction works. You’ll also see the newly opened costume room, winch room and chapel.
Carrickfergus Castle is available for small functions and events including weddings, tours, school trips, filming and photography.
If you would like to hold an event at Carrickfergus Castle, email
SCMenquiries@communities-ni.gov.uk to request an application form or call 028 9082 3207.
Contact the castle direct to make the following bookings: Tour groups and tour companies must pre-book. School trips to the castle are free of charge and include an educational tour of the castle tailored to the age of the pupils. Wedding photography and filming at the castle.