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Mini guide to Carrickfergus


Situated on the north shore of Belfast Lough, Carrickfergus is one of the oldest towns in Northern Ireland and boasts a fantastic Norman castle. This picturesque town in County Antrim is also a popular leisure destination for sailors and it has an excellent marina that is highly regarded.

The highlight of Carrickfergus is without a doubt the imposing 12th century Norman castle that dominates the impressive harbour. The castle, one of the finest examples of its type in all of Europe, is well preserved and has a museum. It also offers outstanding views of the harbour and town.

The excellent Blue Flag Carrickfergus Marina is located near the town centre and teams up with the castle and 17th century city walls to add real character to this quaint town. Other attractions worth seeing in and around the town are the superb Carrickfergus Museum, the 12th century St Nicholas Church and the Gasworks Museum of Ireland.

Carrickfergus plays host to numerous festivals and events throughout the year including garden and flower shows, and there are also several parks within the city where you can relax in peaceful surroundings. Local leisure activities include sailing, water sports and horseback riding, while there are plenty of traditional pubs and cafés in the town where you can grab a bite to eat.

Surrounded by gorgeous countryside and sparkling beaches, Carrickfergus is ideal for horseback riding or a leisurely ramble. A wealth of rivers and lakes in the region provide visitors with attractive leisure alternatives, in particular the largest body of water in the British Isles, Lough Neagh.

The main A2 highway feeds Carrickfergus from Belfast, while trains run here from Belfast, Antrim and Dublin throughout the day. Translink buses run from Belfast International Airport to Belfast and Ulsterbus runs services from Dublin International Airport. Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport are both fairly close.

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