Carrickfergus Castle is one of Northern Ireland’s most striking and imposing monuments, as well as being the first of its kind.  Visitors to this 800 year old castle can enjoy a fun day out whilst learning about its history.

The castle itself houses cannons and historical displays.  Guided and self-guided tours are on offer to assist visitors in exploring at their own pace or with the help of a guide.


Take to the winding steps and (spoiler alert!) watch out for the trip steps, designed in historical times to thwart invaders to the castle.  Enjoy the ambience of the large halls, dungeons and dark corners, which bring a sense of how life would have been for modern day visitors.


**Work on the Great Tower roof at Carrickfergus Castle**


From Monday 25th March 2019 the Inner Ward & Great Tower is closed to the public. This is to enable the start of on-site works in preparation for the replacement of the roof on the Great Tower. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Thee remaining areas of the Castle are open to the public as normal.


The works are being led by the Historic Environment Division, and are intended to secure the integrity of the Keep against leaks for several generations and allow a programme of further interpretive and conservation works to take place.


Work to the roof will be accompanied by other facilitation works within the castle complex. This is a major construction project and there will be restrictions on access to certain areas of the castle complex from time to time.


There is currently no access to the top floor of the Keep.