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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.
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:
You can make bookings by contacting 028 9335 1273 Monday to Saturday 09.00 to16:30. 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.
• Make sure that you have included everyone in your group when booking as additional people will not be permitted entry to the Castle.
• Have your booking details with you on arrival. You can present your booking confirmation email as a printed copy, or on a phone or tablet screen.
• Allow time for your journey and arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour time. If you are more than 10 minutes late for your tour, staff may refuse entry as the tour will have started.
• On arrival, please wait at the base of the entrance ramp. A tour guide will meet you here and will escort you inside and around the Castle.
• Access to parts of the tour will be via stairs and uneven steps, therefore the tour may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties or difficulties with confined spaces.
• As the tour will be partially outdoors, make sure you are dressed warmly and appropriately for weather conditions.
• In the event that you need to cancel your tour, telephone the booking line (028 9335 1273) in advance of your tour to arrange an alternative date. If there are no suitable alternative dates available, a refund will be offered.
Ticket prices for pre-booked guided tours:
Adult (18+) - £5.25
Child (age 5 - 17) - £3.50
Child under 5 - Free
Senior citizen (65+), Student and Benefit Claimants (ID required) - £3.95
Family (up to 5 members, including up to 3 adults) - £15.75
COVID-19 Safety Measures:
•To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you have been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please do not visit.
•Hand sanitising stations are available at various locations throughout the site. Please use hand sanitiser on arrival.
•In line with government guidance, face coverings are now mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites (subject to some exceptions). If you are not exempt, you must wear a face covering.
•Masks will not be provided, so please make sure you bring one with you
•Face coverings are not required while visiting external areas of the site, however if you feel more comfortable wearing a face covering throughout your visit, please wear one as we want your visit to be as enjoyable as possible.
•Staff have received additional training in response to Covid19 and have been provided with the necessary PPE.
•We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures, including our toilet facilities, to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting.
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.