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Emerald reflections, popping colours on a cloudy day at Carrickfergus Castle 🏰💚

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On a recent road trip up to Northern Ireland's north coast, we made a quick pit-stop at the 800+ year old Anglo-Norman castle at Carrickfergus.

With heavy rain imminent and time against us, we opted for a look-about the castle's exterior... intentions for a proper tour another time.


A few photos, some quick facts and a great video from the guys at Connolly Cove for now...

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For the majority of the castle's history, it was at the centre of a power tug-of-war - with it's prime location at the mouth of Carrickfergus Harbour (later renamed to Belfast Harbour with the substantial growth of the new city) it's no wonder the Irish, English, Scotch and French all fought for ownership.

The castle was even used during the World War II as an air raid shelter.


Have you ever noticed the little tunnel in the Castle's harbour, that looks as if it goes right underneath? If you've any info on this send us a note and we'll update this article - a few people have been asking for info after we shared these photos on social media recently.

Check out this great video from Connolly Cove showing some of what's on offer inside the castle. 

The castle is open every day 9am to 4.30pm, with last entry at 4pm (Apr-Sept). From October to March, opening hours are 10am to 4pm (again with last entry 30 mins before closing. 

For admission prices and more info, visit the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council website.