Flame the Gasworks Museum is Ireland’s only surviving Victorian coal gasworks. It is one of only three left in the British Isles. The Museum is situated in Carrickfergus, 10 miles north of Belfast, Northern Ireland. It boasts Western Europe’s largest set of retorts (in which the gas was made), and an extensive collection of gas appliances and documents.
The mueseum opened in 1855 and supplied the town with gas for over 100 years. It stopped making gas in 1967 and finally closed in 1987. It was subsequently used to distribute gas piped from Belfast until its closure in 1987.
The gasworks was restored by the Carrickfergus Gasworks Preservation Society. It opened to the public as a visitor attraction in 2002.
Come along and have a guided tour where you will see how gas was made from coal in Europe’s largest surviving set of retorts. You’ll also get a great view from the top of the gasholder! Marvel at how gas was used for light, heat and power.
The opening hours are May to Aug inc: Daily except Saturdays 2-5pm September: Monday to Friday 2-5pm. They can open at any time outside these hours for advanced bookings. These can be made either by email or telephone. Flame is a hidden gem in the heart of Carrickfergus illuminating town gas’s unique role in the development of urban areas.
Flame The Gasworks museum is run by volunteers in partnership with Carrickfergus Borough Council and the Northern Ireland Environment agency. Admission is free.