Carrickfergus Travel Guide

  • Castle Carrickfergus
    Castle Carrickfergus
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    Andrew Jackson Cottage
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Carrickfergus Things to Do

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    by RavensWing Written Oct 8, 2014

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    Carrickfergus lies on the seafront of the town with the same name, Carrickfergus. It was built somewhere around 1177 and 1195 by John de Courcy. He built his castle and then a three story building - the Inner Ward.

    After John de Courcy died, King John captured the castle in 1210. King John added to what John de Courcy had already completed. He increased the height of the keep and raised a second set of walls - the Middle Ward. It is said that King John was the only King that actually took up residence in the castle - for 10 days. There are 3 latrines in the west wall, a double latrine on one floor and a single on the next floor. That was King Johns 'throne'. The discharge shutes were on the west face of the tower. When they were in use they discharged into the sea where the waste was washed away.

    When Hugh de Lacy ruled the castle yet another building phase took place. He extended the walls to encircle the whole rock the castle stood on. This area is now called the Outer Ward. The entrance to the Outer Ward was guarded by a strong gate house formed by 2 large circular towers.

    In 1797 the castle became a prison. In 1928 it was used as an air raid shelter for World War II.

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    Castle Carrickfergus King William III King John on the 'throne' Castle Carrickfergus Sentries on Duty
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    As you walk along the streets in Carrickfergus you may be lucky enough to see the murals. These murals are beautiful. Their messages perhaps not so beautiful, but the paintings are wonderful.

    Mural in Carrickfergus
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    The Andrew Jackson Cottage is the former home of Andrew Jackson - the 7th president of the United States. The house had been refurbished in the traditional thatched Ulster-Scots farmhouse. It was built in the 1750's and was home to Andrew's parents before they emigrated to South Carolina, US.

    The cottage grounds feature the US Rangers Centre, which pays homage to the soldiers of the First Battalions of the elite US Rangers.

    It wasn't opened when we showed up and were only able to see from the outside. A friendly lady informed us that it is generally opened only by appointment or in the winter on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 3:00.

    Admission is FREE.

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    Andrew Jackson Cottage Andrew Jackson Centre Back of Andrew Jackson Cottage Back of Andrew Jackson Cottage
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Carrickfergus Hotels

  • Premier Inn

    The Harbour, Alexandra Pier, Carrickfergus, BT38 8BE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Dobbins Inn

    6 - 8 High Street, Carrickfergus, BT 38 7 AF, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Quality Hotel Carrickfergus

    75 Belfast Rd.

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Parklands

    320 Upper Road, Trooperslane, Carrickfergus, BT38 8PN, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

  • Coast Road Hotel

    28 Scotch Quarter, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DP, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Business

  • Marina House

    49 Irish Quarter South, Carrickfergus, BT38 8BL, United Kingdom

  • Seascape Country House

    59a Quay Lane, Whitehead, Carrickfergus, BT38 9SS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Whiteford Lodge

    75 Shore Road, Greenisland, Carrickfergus, Norther

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Fairview Cottages

    14-16 Fairview Terrace, Carrickfergus, BT38 9DG, United Kingdom

Carrickfergus Transportation

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    Whether you are heading out of Carrickfergus for the day, maybe heading into Belfast for a day of shopping - this train is a economical and comfortable way to travel.

    To our surprise we found that there were discount tickets available if we were travelling after 9:30 am. It applies to return tickets only, but it's a pretty good chance that I will be returning from where I left - I will take a 33% discount, no problem there.

    Yet another pleasant surprise - We were heading out to Whitehead from Belfast on Sunday only to find out that the Sunday Day Tracker ticket allows you to travel for one price - adult £7 all day and you can stop anywhere along the line you're on. I just love finding out I can save some money when I'm travelling, the original ticket would have been £8.80

    The trains are wheelchair accessible - If possible, please inform the Translink Contact Centre at least 24 hours before travel on 028 90 666630 (open Mon-Fri 7am-8pm, Sat & Sun 8am-6pm). This will allow us to prepare any seating changes in advance.

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