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Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle

Marine Hwy, Carrickfergus BT38 7BG, Carrickfergus, Belfast

The Basics

Carrickfergus Castle is now a historical attraction, with exhibits showcasing life inside the Norman castle. It’s often visited as part of organized guided tours from nearby Belfast. Day tours typically stop at other attractions in County Antrim, such as the Old Bushmills Distillery, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and the Giant’s Causeway. Some tours also stop atGame of Thrones filming locations, including the Cushendun Caves, Larrybane, the Dark Hedges, and Dunluce Castle.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Belfast

star-4
Great tour
Madison_S, Dec 2021
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
It wasn’t clear that a lot is closed because of Covid (which I understand), so I only wish that had been reflected in the description of the tour. But otherwise we still had a great time and got to see a lot!
star-5
Loved it
Anna, May 2022
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
Lovely tour guide and amazing day. Saw so much for such a decent price. The lunch spot was designed for coaches, and not at all as bad as some are saying.
star-4
Good trip to Giant causeway
arindam_b, Apr 2022
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
It was a good trip and well guided tour. But you could have add rope bridge as well. Since it is close but at least buses can go near to the spot so that people can take photos at least.
star-5
Great time!
Sarah_E, Apr 2022
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
We had such a lovely time! Lots of information was given about the area, beautiful scenery, and a delightful guide!
star-5
brilliant
Lara_N, Apr 2022
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
very good experience, the driver and guide is very attentive and friendly! the route is very good, although the suspension bridge is closed. for the rest the views of each stop are spectacular, and our unbeatable guide
star-4
Giants causeway is a must...
Brooke_W, Mar 2022
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
Giants causeway is a must if your going to Belfast, really worth the trip! Unfortunately the red rope bridge was shut for our trip so can't comment.
star-5
Lindsay is brilliant
Lorma_S, Mar 2022
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
Lindsay was a brilliant host. Knowledgeable fun and respectful. All stops brilliant with plenty of time but no time pressure
star-5
Nice trip ever
Sanjida_A, Feb 2022
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
Whole tour is well organised. Love the food in giant burn. It’s really amazing to Listen a lovely man in the bus.
star-5
The whole family enjoyed...
Aijie_Z, Feb 2022
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
The whole family enjoyed the guided tour very much. Extremely satisfied with guide Linsey (sorry if this is a wrong spelling). He was very knowledgeable, professional and helpful . I will definitely recommend Allen’s Tour to friends and families.
star-4
It was an amazing...
Neha_D, Feb 2022
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
It was an amazing experience, enough information has been given by driver about visited destinations.
star-5
Hilarious
Vanessa_L, Jan 2022
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
A fun ride and a very informative tour. We enjoyed it thoroughly. Definitely recommend this. You may want to carry snacks with you because the lunch stop may not suit your taste and is also overpriced.
star-5
Great tour
Jade_C, Jan 2022
Giants Causeway, Rope Bridge, Carrickfergus Castle and Dark Hedges Tour
Loved this tour. Driver was super knowledgeable and highlighted places during the whole trip such as the police station and the university. Tour was organised really well. Many toilet breaks and time divided up well. Lunch is in a cafe which is a tad pricey but you can bring sandwiches and eat outside. All stops are worthwhile seeing, but can be cold so wrap up warm and bring a brolly

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Carrickfergus Castle is a must for history buffs.

  • The castle offers only limited accessibility to wheelchair users and strollers.

  • All children who visit the castle must be accompanied by an adult.

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How to Get There

Carrickfergus Castle is situated about 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Belfast, overlooking the shore of Belfast Lough. Follow the A2 Shore Road; the journey takes about 20 minutes. Alternatively, take the train from Belfast Central or Great Victoria Street stations and get off at Carrickfergus train station. The castle is just a 5-minute walk from the station.

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When to Get There

The castle is open year-round. Last admission is relatively early (4pm from April to September, 3:30pm from October to March), so be sure to arrive before then. Go midweek to avoid the weekend crowds.

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The Castles of Northern Ireland

Carrickfergus Castle is just one of many castles and fortifications that dot the green landscapes of Northern Ireland. Other fairy-tale fortresses and manor houses include the Scottish baronial-style Belfast Castle, the ruined cliffside castle of Dunluce, and Enniskillen Castle, a 16th-century stronghold for the Maguires of Fermanagh.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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