Carrickfergus Travel Guide

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Carrickfergus Things to Do

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    by GeoV Updated Dec 2, 2010

    This town on Belfast Lough will probably attract visitors mainly for its castle. A brief walk around, however, will take you to the Town Hall (in High Street) which still has the attractive 1779 facade of the County Court House. The building of St. Nicholas's Church has something of Ulster about it: it retains parts of the original late 12th century structure although it was largely reconstructed in 1614 for Protestant use. But the castle - appearing on some of the more expensive U.K. postage stamps over the years - is undeniably the dominant feature of the town. And one has to admit that the 12th / 13th century structure, with its massive Norman keep and waterside situation, is worth travelling to see all on its own.

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    • Castles and Palaces
    • Historical Travel

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  • by cherryPR Written Jun 2, 2009

    Your shopping guide to The Courtyard, Carrickfergus
    The Courtyard, located at 38 Scotch Quarter (just off Marine Highway), can best be described as Carrickfergus’s best kept shopping secret.
    The beautifully-landscaped ‘secret garden’ is home to two lovely cafes and a plethora of independently-owned shops selling some of the world’s best brand names in a warm, friendly and tranquil environment.
    The Courtyard is the perfect place to while away a few hours browsing in the eclectic mix of stores - many of which exclusively stock quality, famous brand names - or to catch up with friends over a relaxing coffee.
    Visit Gail Conway Jewellery and Gifts for a fabulous selection of homeware, including brands like Belleek, Waterford and Tyrone Crystal, scented candles, unusual greetings cards and wrapping paper and an amazing selection of handbags and jewellery – many ranges exclusive to this store in Northern Ireland. Gail Conway can even source the finest gold, platinum and diamond jewellery from around the world at significantly discounted prices. If you have an occasion like a wedding, birthday or anniversary coming up, you are sure to find the perfect gift here.
    Elizabeth Anne has the perfect wardrobe solution for any special occasion, stocking unique mother of the bride/groom outfits and a super range of designer dresses and suits that will take you to the races, garden party or any other special event.
    Stop and relax over a coffee or tea and freshly-baked slice of cake or start your day with a hearty breakfast in The Courtyard Cafe, overlooking the Lough. All the delicious dishes are prepared fresh on the premises using only locally-sourced ingredients and with a range of hot and cold meals available daily, you will love the welcoming ambiance.
    Get a glimpse into the Whimsical World of Thomas Joseph at his bijoux art gallery. Thomas Joseph’s humorous art, featuring comedic sheep, is famous the world over and has fans ‘flocking’ to buy his work.
    For the ultimate relaxing treat, book a session in Bodycare Health and Beauty where you can indulge in a wide range Dermalogica body and skin treatments. After a hard day’s shopping, does anything sound more tempting than a revitalizing foot treatment or a heavenly, stress-relieving Swedish massage? Bodycare provide pre-wedding and holiday preparation packages including tanning, nails, make-up, waxing and facials.
    You will be tempted by the amazing range of gorgeous jewellery, both new and antique, in The Silver Store. This is an Aladdin’s cave of treasures including brands like Coeur de Lion, Isle of Bute, Chrysalis charms and the newly-arrived stunning Ernesto Barcelona range. Brides-to-be will find their perfect wedding jewellery and gifts for their bridesmaids, while wedding guests can indulge their glamorous side with unique fascinators.
    Take Thyme is a local, family-owned business offering a welcoming environment to relax over a coffee while enjoying delicious, freshly-prepared food. This gem of a delicatessen/cafe stocks charcuterie, cheeses, chutneys and preserves, oils and vinegars, artisan and organic meats, fresh herbs, quality confectionery and a range of gluten-free products. If the sun is shining, then enjoy dining al fresco in the Courtyard garden.
    For a taste of the exotic, stop off in Javart and browse the eclectic range of solid teak tree root furniture, art, jewellery, Thai silk, Balinese ware and handbags individually handpicked and imported from the Far East. Javart has truly unique stock which caters for the stylish ethnic trend in home interiors. Sumptuous fabrics, unusual jewellery and bags, unique lighting solutions, statement furniture and everything you could possible want to create an Asian-inspired feel in your home is here.
    Kellie Courtney Hair is the place to book if you are looking for a great hair cut or colour. This salon specialises in bridal packages and the latest styles for formals and events. With a regular clientele base, this relaxed salon offers a great, friendly atmosphere and contemporary styles – all with the added value of free parking opposite the front gate of The Courtyard.
    And finally, to add the finishing touches to your perfect retail therapy trip to The Courtyard, Carrickfergus, be sure to book an appointment with award-winning nail technician Julie in The Nail Room. Here you can have your hands and feet pampered to perfection or get a healthy, spray tan to make you look and feel gorgeous.
    The Courtyard, Carrickfergus offers an amazing range of quality goods for the discerning shopper who wants something unique and different. It’s a lovely place to spend the day browsing and shopping for the whole family – come and see what you have been missing!
    Carrickfergus’s Best Kept Shopping Secret!
    The Courtyard, Carrickfergus, 38 Scotch Quarter – just off Marine Highway
    Gail Conway Jewellery & Gifts 02893 369266
    The Courtyard Coffee House
    Thomas Joseph Art Gallery
    Elizabeth Anne Fashions - 028 9335 1518
    The Silver Store 02893 326333
    Bodycare Health and Beauty Salon - 02893 361012
    Javart Indonesian Crafts – 07722 303 933

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    • Women's Travel
    • Historical Travel
    • Luxury Travel

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  • Carrickfergus Hotels

    13 Hotels in Carrickfergus

Carrickfergus Hotels

  • Premier Inn

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Quality Hotel Carrickfergus

    75 Belfast Rd.

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Dobbins Inn

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

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Knockagh Lodge

    236 Upper Road, Greenisland, Carrickfergus, BT38 8RP, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • 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

  • 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

  • Langsgarden

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

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