Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus

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Carrickfergus Castle (from the Irish Carraig Ḟergus or "cairn of Fergus", the name "Fergus" meaning "strong man") is a Norman castle in Northern Ireland, situated in the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. Besieged in turn by the Scottish, native Irish, English and French, the castle played an important military role until 1928 and remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Northern Ireland. It was strategically useful, with 3/4 of the castle perimeter surrounded by water (although in modern times only 1/3 is surrounded by water due to land reclamation). Today it is maintained by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency as a state care historic monument, at grid ref: J4143 8725.
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  • I took my two daughters today on the 1 and half hour tour of the castle and would highly recommend it to anyone and the two tour guides Warren and John who took us around both was very knowledgeable....  more »
  • We decided to take a weekend trip to Carrickfergus, I'm so glad we did. Stayed in Walters place which is absolutely gorgeous. It is walking distance to Carrickfergus Castle which is a must!! Tour...  more »
  • Spent 2 hours here and just loved it. John, the tour guide, was very knowledgeable and I really enjoyed it. Such a shame the roof on the keep was being replaced which meant no access. History buffs will love it as did I. Fantastic place
  • Hey, what can I say, it's our magnificent castle! Carrickfergus castle is definitely one of the best preserved castles in all of Ireland and definitely one of our most treasured landmarks! If you haven't visited then you seriously need to add it to your bucket list ;)
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