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 superb coastline setting along Belfast Lough with views to Scotland, home to a wide diversity of wildlife, including seals, eagles and guillemots
  • an imposing and renowned 12th Century Norman Castle that overshadows an ancient Harbour
  • an historic town centre, enclosed within 16th century stone walls, complemented by contemporary shops, cafes and restaurants
  • smart public promenades, walkways, parks and piazzas with public art and stunning civic floral displays, multiple winner of ‘Ulster in Bloom’
  • an impressive and vibrant new Marina and Waterfront development

To find out more about these attractions and so much else as well you simply must contact the Carrickfergus Tourist Information Centre which Andrew Jackson Centre exterior imageis located in the Museum and Civic Centre in the heart of the Carrickfergus town. With friendly, informed staff, a popular gift shop and a wide range of brochures and tourist information, a visit to the Tourist Information Centre will help you make the most of your time in Carrickfergus.

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Carrickfergus Tourist Information Centre, Carrickfergus Museum & Civic Centre, 11 Antrim Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DG.

T: + 44 (0) 28 9335 8049 – F: +44 (0) 28 9335 0350 – E:

The opening hours of the Tourist Information Centre and the gift shop are:

April to September:

  • Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 6.00pm
  • Sunday 1.00pm to 6.00pm

October to March:

  • Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm
  • Sunday 1.00pm to 5.00pmCoastal view from Whitehead

Here’s a selection of the many events you can attend and take part in throughout the year in Carrickfergus:

  • May Day Fair
  • Numerous galas, regattas and festivals, such as the ‘Waterfront Festival’ and the ‘Historical Pageant’, both in June to celebrate the maritime and historical wealth of the Borough
  • ‘Lughnasa Fair’ in the Castle at the end of July