Carrickfergus Borough Council - Tourism

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Carrickfergus is an exciting and beautiful place to be. Many people return again and again to experience its welcome, charm and wonderful fusion of old and new.

"I wish I was in Carrickfergus ........" So run the lyrics to one of Ireland's most beautiful and haunting folk songs, a lament from one of its many sons who emigrated abroad. And when one considers the manifold attractions that give Carrickfergus its natural beauty, it's little wonder why our balladeer yearned for home:

  • a superb coastline setting along Belfast Lough with views to Scotland, home to a wide diversity of wildlife, including seals, eagles and guillemots
  • an imposing and renowned 12th Century Norman Castle that overshadows an ancient Harbour
  • an historic town centre, enclosed within 16th century stone walls, complemented by contemporary shops, cafes and restaurants
  • smart public promenades, walkways, parks and piazzas with public art and stunning civic floral displays, multiple winner of 'Ulster in Bloom'
  • an impressive and vibrant new Marina and Waterfront development

To find out more about these attractions and so much else as well you simply must contact the Carrickfergus Visitor Information Centre which is located in the Museum and Civic Centre in the heart of the Carrickfergus town. With friendly, informed staff, a popular gift shop and a wide range of brochures and tourist information, a visit to the Visitor Information Centre will help you make the most of your time in Carrickfergus.

Carrickfergus Visitor Information

Carrickfergus Visitor Information Centre, Carrickfergus Museum & Civic Centre, 11 Antrim Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DG.

T: + 44 (0) 28 9335 8049 - F: +44 (0) 28 9335 0350 - E:

The opening hours of the Visitor Information Centre and the gift shop are:

April to September:

  • Monday to Friday 10.00am to 6.00pm
  • Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm

October to March:

  • Monday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm
  • Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm

(A local visitor information service is provided by Carrickfergus Marina on Sundays - Telephone: +44 (0) 28 9336 6666)

For further information please contact:

Visitor Information Centre
Telephone: 028 9335 8049

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