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We've put together a list of nearby attractions within The Gobbins area. We are confident that you, your family and friends will have a memorable time with us. Thank you for visiting and enjoy!

From the Gobbins team.

STEAM TRAINS IRELAND

The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) was formed in 1964 to preserve in working order steam locomotives and other rolling stock built for the Irish railway system, from 1850 to the present day.

RPSI is Ireland’s only remaining mainline steam engineering depot. Whitehead Excursion Station is where all the locomotives and carriages in the RPSI’s Northern Ireland collection are stored. It is where all locomotive maintenance and overhaul is carried out. The station consists of a station building (housing a shop open on their Summer Steam days), a platform, a short running line for public demonstrations and to allow the shunting of their stock. Beyond the station are the sheds housing the engineering equipment and stores necessary to maintain Ireland’s mainline steam train fleet.

The RPSI maintains a museum at Whitehead and operates steam-hauled excursions over the present day Irish railway network for families and enthusiasts. On “Summer Steam” open days, they steam a locomotive and the public and enthusiasts are welcome to come along and have a short ride by steam train within their site for a nominal charge. Their 1951-built dining car is on hand for teas and refreshments, and a Souvenir Shop is open. The full site is usually open and guided tours run throughout the afternoon.

The Society is a not-for-profit charity managed by volunteers. All funds from ticket sales, shop sales, membership fees or donations go directly to keeping Ireland’s steam railway heritage operating for future generations.

Opening Times

Please Visit www.steamtrainsireland.com for upcoming events

Cost

For tickets and enquiries contact: Belfast Welcome Centre, 47 Donegall Place, Belfast, BT1 5AD. Tel: (028) 9024 6609 e: welcomecentre@belfastvisitor.com

Address

Castleview Road, Whitehead BT38 9NA

Contact Details

Tel: (028) 9337 3968 www.steamtrainsireland.com rpsitrains@hotmail.com

WHITEHEAD HERITAGE AND WELLBEING WALKING TRAIL

Before its development back in the 17th and 18th century, Whitehead was a small village called Chichester and the ruins of the Castle Chichester, built by Sir Moses Hill can still be seen in Chester Avenue. Whitehead and province’s railway network are inextricably linked and the town is appropriately today the base for the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland. The view across Whitehead’s promenade and multi-coloured seafront will give you a sense of the real character and nature of this town. Whitehead is a pristine late-Victorian and Edwardian seaside resort, a place that has invited generations of visitors to stay, relax and enjoy its sights.

This walking trail will help you discover and enjoy Whitehead’s many attractions, as well as some of its hidden gems (you’ll get some healthy, low impact walking exercise in the process!) From historic monuments to bracing seaside strolls; Christian heritage to a Great War airfield; a quiet nature reserve to mighty steam engines, there’s much to enjoy in this compact, friendly town.
Like all the best things in life, the sights of interest in Whitehead require a little time and effort to reach. So be prepared for the weather – and wear a good pair of comfortable shoes!

The town developed as a crucial rail link to Larne and Belfast and encouraged many people to live in the area, a haven from the bustle of the city. In the late 1900s it grew into one of the province’s most popular resorts.

Attractions of interest along the route include:
1. Blackhead Path, with steps up to Blackhead Lighthouse;
2. Whitehead Bandstand, Promenade and Lido;
3. County Antrim Yacht Club
4. Coastguard Station and Boathouse
5. White Harbour & Nature Reserve
6. Churches and architecture
7. Whitehead Railway Station
8. Castle Chichester
9. Diamond Jubilee Wood
10. Whitehead Aerodrome

Opening Times

All year

Cost

Free

Address

The walk begins at Black Head Car Park, Whitehead  

Contact Details

Carrickfergus Tourist Information Centre & Museum 11 Antrim Street Carrickfergus County Antrim BT38 7DG Tel:030012450000 e: visitorinfo@midandeastantrim.gov.uk
ANDREW JACKSON COTTAGE AND US RANGERS CENTRE

ANDREW JACKSON COTTAGE AND US RANGERS CENTRE

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

Beside the Jackson Cottage is an exhibition dedicated to the US Rangers, the elite American army regiment. Formed in 1942, the US Rangers were based in Carrickfergus during World War II. The exhibition has an enthralling collection of uniforms, photographs, documents and other material detailing this famed combat unit.

Opening Times

Thursday–Saturday 11.00am-3.00pm Sunday 1.00-4.00pm Can also be opened by appointment through Carrickfergus Visitor Information Centre

Cost

FREE ADMISSION

Address

Visitor Information Centre 11 Antrim Street Carrickfergus BT38 7DG
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One of Northern Ireland's greatest adventures...

Welcome to The Gobbins….

A spectacular location where you can truly escape everyday life and experience nature at its most elemental. During your amazing 2.5 hour fully guided walking tour you may even taste the sea salt on your lips, feel the Irish Sea wind, marvel at tales of local smugglers, witness the native sea birds and keep your eyes open for some dolphins swimming off the rugged coastline. The Gobbins experience will take you along a narrow path hugging the dramatic cliff face; across spectacular bridges amid the crashing waves of the North Channel; traversing hidden Tunnels under the Irish Sea; up and down rugged staircases carved into the cliff face and into caves that were once home to smugglers and privateers.

The Gobbins visitor centre is the start of your adventure and where you will meet your guide for your adventure, please remember to bring along your booking confirmation. The centre hosts a fabulous interactive exhibition telling the history of The Gobbins Path, its flora and fauna, and the story of how the path was reborn. Guests with young children or with reduced mobility are welcome to browse our gift shop, enjoy a coffee in The Gobbins Cafe, or enjoy the outdoor children’s play and picnic area. You may also avail of the free car parking located at the Visitor Centre. We understand that The Gobbins Path may not be suitable for everyone and details are contained on our booking page.

The Gobbins Path was masterminded by the Irish railway engineer, Berkley Dean Wise as an incredible tourist attraction. The path originally opened in 1902 and was later abandoned in the 1960’s until an investment of over £7.5 million brought about its rebirth in 2015.

 

The Gobbins Experience

The Gobbins Path is an arduous trek that is often narrow and uneven, accessed by a very steep pathway. Due to the nature of the rugged coastal location suitable outdoor clothing and walking boots or shoes are essential. Without exception, all guests must wear a safety helmet whilst experiencing The Gobbins. To enjoy The Gobbins a good level of fitness is needed. You must be fit enough to climb 50 flights of stairs and walk a very steep 1 in 5 gradient.



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