A striking feature of the landscape from land, sea and air, Carrickfergus Castle greets all visitors with its strength and menace. It represents over 800 years of military might. Besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the Castle saw action right up to World War II. Today it is maintained by the Environment and Heritage Service.
After its use as a prison in the 18th century it was further strengthened and served as a magazine and armoury until 1928, whilst the Keep was used as an air-raid shelter in the 1939-45 war. This long and complex history is reflected in the extensive structures which remain.
Access & Booking
The castle is open at the following times:
Mon - Sat 10am - 4pm Sun - 2pm - 4pm
April / May / September
Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm Sun - 2pm - 6pm
June / July / August
Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm Sun - 12pm - 6pm
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