carrickfergus castle

Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle


Carrickfergus Castle (from the Irish Carraig Ḟergus or “cairn of Fergus”, the name “Fergus” meaning “strong man”) 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 Scottish, Irish, English and French, the castle played an important military role until 1928 and remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Northern Ireland. It was strategically useful, with 3/4 of the castle perimeter surrounded by water (although in modern times only 1/3 is surrounded by water due to land reclamation). Today it is maintained by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency as a state care historic monument.

For more than 800 years, Carrickfergus Castle has been an imposing monument on the Northern Ireland landscape. Whether  you approached by land, sea or air it is impressive. The castle now houses historical displays as well as cannons from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

There is limited disabled access for wheelchair users. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs allowed except guide dogs and assistance dogs.

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Further Work


Further work on the Castle keep are starting soon.The works are being led by the Historic Environment Division. These are intended to secure the integrity of the Keep against leaks for several generations. These will allow a programme of further interpretive and conservation works to take place.

Work to the roof will be accompanied by other facilitation works within the castle complex. This is a major construction project and there will be restrictions on access to certain areas of the castle complex from time to time.

It is intended that most of the castle complex will remain open as usual during the project. There will be a live video feed of the construction and Historic Environment Division hope to host supervised public visits to the works.


Carrickfergus is only 16 Miles from Ballygally Holiday apartments