Welcome to Amphitheatre.   Normal Opening hours Monday to Friday   6.30am – 10pm Saturday                   8am – 5pm Sunday                     9am – 5pm Bank Holidays        Open as usual Closed                 Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 12 & 13 July, Easter Monday and Tuesday and New Year’s Day (Opening times reflect the first session and closure of the building) Activities on […]

60th Anniversary Video

“I wish I was in Carrickfergus” – 60th Anniversary Video, featuring a new recording of “Carrickfergus” by Jane McNamee (Bill Allen 2009) For further information please contact: Together with the widespread adoption of cryptocurrency, they have indeed topped the trading job. The steady change from early acceptance to a means of global approval of cryptocurrency […]

Food on the go

In a hurry or on the go? The list of outlets below will be sure to keep you going. Scores on the Doors – This scheme for food premises in the area is a means of indicating the standards of hygiene in food businesses by using a star rating system. Further, this Fintech LTD mode helps […]

Carrickfergus Borough Council – Councillors

Councillors Please select one of the following individuals to view their full biography or use the search / filters to further refine the list. Name  Electoral Area All AreasCarrick CastleKilrootKnockagh Monument Political Party All political partiesAlliance PartyDemocratic Unionist PartyIndependentNo PartyUlster Unionist Party   Alderman Billy Ashe Democratic Unionist Party Billy Ashe was first elected to Carrickfergus Borough Council in May […]


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 […]

Recent history

Compared to the upheavals of previous centuries, the 19th and 20th centuries were comparatively quiet for the town of Carrickfergus.  The act of Union in 1801, the Famine of the 1840s and other important dates left their mark but it was the inexorable rise of Carrickfergus’ near neighbour, Belfast, that would most impact socially and […]

History of Carrickfergus

With almost 1000 years of war and peace behind it, Carrickfergus is a ‘must see’ destination for lovers of history. For not only is it one of the oldest towns in Northern Ireland, but it has some of the finest Norman architecture in Europe, as exemplified by its indomitable castle. This magnificent structure, built in […]

Andrew Jackson Cottage

The Ulster American and Ulster Scots connections The Andrew Jackson Cottage highlights Carrickfergus’ strong American and Ulster-Scots connections as well as telling the story of Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the USA, whose parents emigrated to America from Carrickfergus in 1765.  Located less than a mile from the town centre off the Larne Road, this single […]


The PEACE III Programme will be delivered through a cluster approach across Carrickfergus Borough Council, Antrim Borough Council and Newtownabbey Borough Council. The CAN PEACE III Partnership will manage the programme through Newtownabbey Borough Council. Under Priority 1.1 Building Positive Relations at a Local Level,  the CAN PEACE III Partnership are inviting applications under its […]

Medieval Times

During the 6th century, Fergus, the son of Eric of Armoy, left Ulster to form a kingdom in Scotland, but because he suffered from leprosy, he returned to bathe in a well known to have healing properties.  On one of these visits he was shipwrecked on the rock on which the castle now stands, which […]

1500’s and beyond

The strategic importance of the garrison town was emphasised in 1575 when Sir Brian McPhelim O’Neill of Clandeboye burned down much of Carrickfergus. Two years later the fabled Sorley Boy MacDonnell attacked the town. Sir Arthur Chichester assumed governorship of the Castle in 1599. He settled the countryside and successfully planted the town with English […]