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  1. A group of visitors listening to the tour guide inside Andrew Jackson Cottage standing by the fire.
    Located less than a mile from the Town Centre, off the Larne Road, the Andrew Jackson Cottage is a traditional thatched Ulster –Scots farmhouse built in 1750s.
    1. Perfectly located 2 minutes away from Northern Irelands oldest Castle, 20 minutes from Belfast City Centre and on the main road to the Causeway Coast. Dobbins Inn is a family run 14th century Inn full of character and charm. 15 bedrooms, each with complimentary WiFi and flat screen TVs.
    2. Our Urban Farm and Garden Centre at Kilcreggan Homes is a free popular attraction to local families and visitors. Visitors can handle and feed a variety of animals, enjoy our picnic areas, explore the bug hut and play area and relax in our café.
      1. Lead The Way Tour of Carrickfergus is emotive and informative
        Discover what life was like in Carrickfergus during the Second World War (1939-45) on a guided walking tour with Adrian Hack of Lead The Way Tour. Using contemporary photographs and historical artefacts you'll learn how the war affected the everyday life of the local residents and workforce.
        1. Gobbins
          Create life-long memories and discover hidden gems along the coast, cruising from Carrickfergus Castle all the way to the Gobbins. A bespoke private charter tour immersing you into stunning coastal scenery, history and nature, for a truly authentic NI experience.
          1. Established in 1182 by the Anglo Norman, John de Courcy, St Nicholas' has many historic features including a medieval porch, the Chichester memorial to Lord Donegall, a skew aisle, wonderful stained glass and a leper window.
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            The Secret Bookshelf
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Gift, collectible, bargain and kids’ bookstore hidden in the delightful Courtyard complex in…

            A group of visitors listening to the tour guide inside Andrew Jackson Cottage standing by the fire.
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Located less than a mile from the Town Centre, off the Larne Road, the Andrew Jackson Cottage is a…

            Jacobean Knot Garden
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Home of Sir Arthur Chichester this delightful recreated Knot Garden is located close ot the Town…

            Whitehead promenade with coloured houses and old outdoor swimming pool
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Whitehead is a Victorian seaside town five miles north of Carrickfergus with commanding views…

            Carrickfergus Castle with King William statue
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Visit the King William III Statue, a bronze figure near Carrickfergus Castle on Castle Green.…

            Brick exterior of Nook Living with grey signage and white planter
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Discover Nook Living beneath Season Coffee Shop in Carrickfergus! Explore unique gifts, stylish…

            Black and white aerial picture of Carrickfergus
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Carrickfergus Museum and Carrickfergus & District Historical Society (C&DHS) will be displaying a…

            Red vintage pull along fire carriage branded Carrickfergus Fire Brigade
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Local museum interpreting the long and distinguished history of the town and surrounding area, with…

            Carrickfergus Marina
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Carrickfergus' world class 300 berth marina, with excellent private and public amenities,…

            Interior of the Guard Room with information panels on wall and desk with Visitor Book
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Step back in time at The Guard Room in Carrickfergus Town Hall, immersing visitors in the early…

            Planted border beside paving area with Carrickfergus Clock Tower to rear
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Beautiful parkland on the waterfront of Carrickfergus within sight of the Castle featuring a…

            Chaffeur Car Services
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Belfast City tours of the Titanic centre Peace wall, Queens, Albert clock, Stormont and…

            Saint Nicholas' Church
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Established in 1182 by the Anglo Norman, John de Courcy, St Nicholas' has many historic features…

            Knockagh Cycling Route
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Circular cycle route from Carrickfergus Castle to Knockagh Monument then return downhill to…

            Gobbins
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Create life-long memories and discover hidden gems along the coast, cruising from Carrickfergus…

            Oakfield Glen and Bashfordsland Wood Walk
            LocationCarrickfergus

            A charming wooded glen and recently planted woodland

            S51 Airsoft Northern Ireland
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Join us at Forest Fitness for an unforgettable adventure, with a range of activities from airsoft…

            Robinson's Shoemakers
            LocationCarrickfergus

            One of Northern Ireland's only remaining shoemakers & leading retailer of men's & women's luxury…

            Knockagh Monument
            LocationGreenisland

            County Antrim War Memorial erected and dedicated to the fallen from the County of Antrim who fell…

            Exterior shot of entrance to Carrickfergus Omniplex Cinema
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Omniplex Cinema Carrickfergus, a modern 6-screen venue, offers luxurious OmniplexRecline screens,…

            Carrickfergus Golf Club
            LocationCarrickfergus

            With its imaginative use of water and sand the par of 68 is not matched that easily. The course…

            Logo showing tower shape with words Carrick's Hidden Tower House - Dobbins Inn
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Discover Carrickfergus' history through a walking tour and medieval food experience at Carrick's…

            Adrian Hack, tour guide with Lead the Way Tours standing beside the Churchill Tank in Carrickfergus
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Adrian Hack is a level 2 qualified tour guide, based in Carrickfergus who specialises in World War…

            Carrickfergus Urban Farm & Garden Centre
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Our Urban Farm and Garden Centre at Kilcreggan Homes is a free popular attraction to local families…

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            Seating area within The Glasshouse Bistro in Carrickfergus Civic Centre
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Discover The Glasshouse Bistro in Carrickfergus, located in the Museum and Civic Centre. Unwind at…

            Interior of Season Coffee Shop with wooden flooring, wooden beams and wooden tables plus chairs.
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Season Coffee Shop, nestled in a refurbished red brick mill on the outskirts of Carrickfergus,…

            Front view of the entrance to Street Hawker restaurant
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Experience Street Hawker Carrickfergus, a top street food destination near Carrickfergus Castle.…

            Exterior of Ollie's Bistro, Carrickfergus with grey exterior and outdoor seating area with hedge surround
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Ollie's Bistro in Carrickfergus offers a family-run coffee shop experience with all-day breakfast…

            Castello Italia
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Italian restaurant, coffee shop and gelato emporium in Carrickfergus, ideally positioned on the…

            Exterior of Creed Coffee House in Carrickfergus with banners in windows displaying food options
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Experience the finest drinks and delectable treats at Creed Coffee Carrickfergus. From freshly…

            Light green and purple exterior of Delaceys Bakery Cafe in Carrickfergus
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Nestled in Carrickfergus, Delacey's Coffee Shop & Bakery boasts 25 years of history, serving as a…

            Interior of 7 Bistro / Cafe with grey floor and black tables and chairs
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Discover @7 in The Courtyard, Carrickfergus: a cosy spot offering all-day breakfast, delicious…

            Front view of Brewers Fayre building in Carrickfergus with conservatory
            LocationCarrickfergus

            The Harbour Brewers Fayre is the perfect place to stop in for some tasty pub classics and drinks…

            PaPa Browns Grill
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Relaxed colonial-style diner and bar serving an all-day menu, within easy walking distance of…

            Landings Restaurant @ Dobbins
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Dobbins Inn, with its unique 800 year history is located in the heart of Carrickfergus on the High…

            Little India
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Little India Restaurant in Carrickfergus offers authentic Indian cuisine with fresh ingredients,…

            Exterior of Mayur Indian restaurant with sign in red and white, plus whote and red walls
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Mayur Indian Restaurant near Carrickfergus Castle offers authentic, exquisite Indian cuisine with…

            Pink and yellow exterior of Ownies Bar in Carrickfergus
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Ownies Bar and Bistro is one of Irelands finest Gastro Pubs, it offers the highest standards of…

            Grey exterior building of ETC Carrickfergus with entrance door and full windows plus outside seating area showing silver tables and chairs plus fake h
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Espresso at ETC in Carrickfergus is the ultimate destination for coffee, gifts, and culinary…

            Seating area within Quarter House Coffee - white tables with wooden seats and green painted walls
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Discover Quarter House Coffee Shop within the Courtyard Complex in Carrickfergus! Indulge in our…

            Josh Macs restaurant exterior with sign, large windows and door entrance,
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Josh Mac’s in Carrickfergus boasts diverse menus featuring flame-grilled burgers, slow-roasted…

            Exterior of Springsteens restaurant with grey doors and large sign.
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Springsteen's Carrickfergus, located between the medieval castle and marina, offers freshly…

            The Dancing Goat Cafe
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Located in the grounds of Kilcreggan Urban Farm, The Dancing Goat Café is a not-for-profit Social…

            Other places to stay near Carrickfergus Castle

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            Fools Haven Thatched Cottage
            LocationCarrickfergus

            This gem of a thatched cottage is over 250 years old and is situated at the start of the Causeway…

            Carrickfergus Harbour Car Park Aire de Service
            LocationCarrickfergus

            A motorhome service provision exists at this location - Harbour Car Park, Rodgers Quay, BT38 8BE.

            Loughview Retreat
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Our 3 bedroom detached house is located in a residential cul-de-sac in the historic town of…

            Whitehead Holiday Cottage
            LocationWhitehead

            The property is situated on an elevated, private semi-rural site between Whitehead and…

            Dobbins Inn
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Perfectly located 2 minutes away from Northern Irelands oldest Castle, 20 minutes from Belfast City…

            Walter's Place
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Walter's Place is comfortable and luxurious. It's the perfect place to stay and unwind when…

            Albany Cottage
            LocationCarrickfergus

            This unique historic cottage is years old. It has been beautifully renovated and is a cosy…

            Beechgrove Farm
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Homely farmhouse set in rural countryside with superb views. Fully central heated with television…

            Ahoy 2
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Ahoy 2 is a mist comfortable second floor penthouse house apartment located on the Causeway Coastal…

            Hillcrest Cottage
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Set in idyllic location overlooking Belfast Lough, Hillcrest is a beautifully restored nineteenth…

            The Hamptons
            LocationCarrickfergus

            The Hamptons is a gentle 25-min stroll to the historic walled town of Carrickfergus. At it's centre…

            The Tramway House
            LocationCarrickfergus

            The bathroom is on a intermediate level. The kitchen has a gas hob and electric stove, combo fridge…

            Premier Inn
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Situated next to he harbour and marina and close to the city centre. Restaurant offers two selected…

            Fox Heaven
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Fox Heaven is an elegant modern B&B at convenient location with amazing views just in 15-20 minutes…

            The Keep B&B
            LocationCarrickfergus

            The Keep Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located in Carrickfergus and on the Coastal Route. It is…

            Ahoy 3
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Ahoy 3 is a first floor lovely apartment located in a large Victorian period property and has been…

            Ahoy
            LocationCarrickfergus

            This beautifully presented ground floor apartment is fully equipped to an excellent standard and…

            Acorn (At the Marina)
            LocationCarrickfergus

            Well equipped, modern, ground floor, luxury apartment situated at Carrickfergus Marina and within a…

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