Tourism

The Tourist Information Centre (TIC) is located in Carrickfergus Museum and Civic Centre. The gift shop offers an array of goods and products celebrating the local heritage of Carrickfergus and Northern Ireland.

The opening hours of the TIC and the gift shop are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
For any queries, please Tel : +44 (0)28 9335 8000.

Carrickfergus is an exciting and beautiful place to be. Many people return again and again to experience its welcome and charm, and wonderful fusion of old and new. No wonder the song goes,
 Here are just some of the beautiful aspects of the Borough:

  • superb coastline setting along Belfast Lough – unique location and splendid maritime resource, and a shoreline designated an ‘Area of Special Scientific Interest’
  • impressive and vibrant new Waterfront development
  • statuesque and renowned 12th Century Norman Castle overshadows an ancient Harbour
  • Blackhead Lighthouse and coastal path marks the entrance to Belfast Lough, with views to Scotland
  • attractive Victorian promenade at Whitehead, also home of Railway Preservation Society of Ireland
  • Greenisland’s striking Knockagh Monument and reservoir walks
  • wide diversity of wildlife, including seals, eagles and guillemots
  • many comment on the special ‘quality of light’ and crispness of air
  • stunning civic floral displays, multiple winner of ‘Ulster in Bloom’
  • smart public promenades, walkways, parks and piazzas with public art
  • historic town centre complemented by interesting shops, cafes and restaurants
 
Carrickfergus’ long dramatic history has been well preserved

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  • Carrickfergus  Musuem – opening July 2004
  • Carrickfergus Castle has guarded Belfast Lough since the 12th Century when the town was more important than Belfast, and now it has excellent interpretative tours and displays
  • impressive original Town Walls, Jacobean knot garden, and St Nicholas’ church – built in 1180.
  • Andrew Jackson Centre (7th President of America), US Rangers Centre, and Gasworks museum
Events

  • May Day Fair
  • quality events throughout the year celebrate the maritime and historical wealth of the Borough
  • fun-packed ‘Waterfront Festival’ in June
  • ‘Lughnasa Fair’ in the Castle at the end of July
  • local events throughout the year celebrate talents such as jet skiing, kart racing, sailing, fishing, running, cycling, irish and scottish dancing, music, photography, crafts, gardening…
  • Historical Pageant – June

Partnerships

Belfast Lough Sea & Shore Limited (www.blss.org):

  • a joint initiative focused on heightening the profile of the areas bordering Belfast Lough

Causeway Coast and Antrim Glens Limited (www.causewaycoastandglens.com):

  • a marketing consortium established to promote tourism in the north east of the Province.

Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (www.ccght.org )

Sail Northern Ireland:

  • a joint marketing initiative to promote the superb sailing waters around the coastline of N.I.

More details are available on all the above; please request information: waterfront@carrickfergus.org

Tourist Information Centre

  • friendly N.I. Tourist Board trained staff offer comprehensive information on places to visit, activities, events, accommodation, etc. for local area and further afield.
  • wide range of literature on display, for sale or for reference
  • computerised accommodation booking facility for All Ireland and B.A.B.A Service (Book A Bed Ahead) available for great Britain)
  • Bureau de Change facility for incoming tourists


For details on ‘Walking tours’, please click here

Tourist Information Centre, Carrickfergus Musuem and Civic Centre, Antrim Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DG
Tel. +44 (0)28 9335 8000 or +44 (0)28 9336 6666, or email: touristinfo@carrickfergus.org.

To download a high resolution of this town centre map, click here

(This is a PDF file of around 500Kb, on a ‘dial up’ connection it will take around 10 minutes to download)