Carrickfergus Castle is one of the most remarkable architectural monuments in Northern Ireland. The panorama is fascinating whether you watch it from the land, sea or air. The beautiful Carrickfergus palace brings over 800 years of history, and today it is under the wing of NIEA and is open for public visits throughout the year.
Many tourists come here to spend their leisure days in the pleasant atmosphere and scenery around Carrickfergus or simply to learn more about the history of the castle.
From its inception to the present appearance of Carrickfergus, it suffered many changes in construction in various stages of its history. The palace is located in County Antrim Ireland, into the same town, situated on Lake Belfast. Crossed consistently into the hands of Scottish, Irish, English and French invaders, the castle Carrickfergus plays an important military role until 1928 and now remains one of the best preserved medieval structures throughout Ireland.
The foundations of medieval Carrickfergus were laid in 1177 by John de Courcy, its main uses are for the main military headquarters. The place where the fortress was erected is not accidental. It is strategically situated on a rocky promontory Belfast Lake, and the rear side has a friendly approach to the land. For the first time historical texts mention the fortification of Carrickfergus in 1210 when it was conquered by King John.
During the First World War the castle was used as a garrison for the storage of ammunition, and during the Second World served as bomb shelter against air raids.
From its construction until now three quarters of the perimeter of the palace are surrounded by water. In the 18th century it was used as a prison.
Today Carrickfergus Castle is a pretty interesting place where you can learn interesting facts from history. Moreover, the so called banquet hall is fully restored and it houses the collection of authentic medieval items. Most of the exhibits date back mainly to 17th and 19th century.