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Carrickfergus boasts Ireland's sole surviving coal gasworks and is one of the only three left.
Carrickfergus boasts Ireland's sole surviving coal gasworks and is one of the only 3 left in Great Britain and Ireland. Opened in 1855, it supplied Carrickfergus with gas made from coal for over 100 years. Gas was produced until 1967 and the works closed in 1987. The site has been fully restored by Carrickfergus Gasworks Preservation Society and is now open as a visitor and educational attraction.
This museum gives visitors the opportunity to see one of Europe's largest surviving set of horizontal retorts (in which the gas was made), and ascend the gasholder for panoramic views of the town. Flame Gasworks also has an extensive collection of gas appliances and a library on the gas industry. There are also toilets and a shop.
The site is wheelchair friendly. Groups and schools are especially welcome if booked in advance. Tours are normally self-guided, but guides are available on request. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to help us run the museum. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Please not that the last tour is at 16:00. We open by appointment at all other times.