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1. Carrickfergus Castle

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Carrickfergus Castle

North of Belfast on the A2 is the seaside town of Carrickfergus, whose seafront is dominated by its main point of interest, the well preserved Carrickfergus Castle, one of the earliest and largest Irish castles.
Built on a rocky promontory above the harbour around 1180 by the Anglo-Norman invader John de Courcy, and garrisoned until 1928, it reflects the defensive history of this entire region. In 1315 the castle endured a year's siege before falling to the combined forces of Robert and Edward Bruce, after which the English retook it. In 1760 it was overwhelmed by a French force but hurriedly recaptured, and in 1778, the American privateer John Paul Jones fought a successful battle off-shore against the British vessel HMS Drake.
The castle has now been restored, and there's an informative exhibition on its history. Over the last weekend in July the castle holds an annual fair, Lughnasa, with wrestlers, archers, minstrels and people dressed up as monks. 
Carrickfergus CastleAddress:
Carrickfergus Castle
Marine Highway
County Antrim
BT38 7BG
Northern Ireland, UK

Carrickfergus Castle Opening Times:
October to March, Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Sunday  2.00 to 4.00 pm
April, May and September, Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, Sunday 2.00 to 6.00 pm
June, July and August, Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, Sunday 12.00 to 6.00 pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Carrickfergus Castle Admission:
Adult £3.00
Children / Senior Citizens £1.50
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £8.00
Group rates available (10 plus must be pre-booked)

T  +44 (0)28 9335 1273

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