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.



A striking feature of the landscape from land, sea and air, Carrickfergus Castle greets all visitors with its strength and menace.

It represents over 800 years of military might. Besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the Castle saw action right up to World War II. Today it is maintained by the Department of the Environment and can be enjoyed by visitors wanting to learn more about its history or just looking for a fun day out in a unique setting.

The Castle overlooks the harbour where William of Orange landed on 14 June 1690, on his way to the Battle of the Boyne; a blue plaque on the old harbour wall marks the site where he stepped ashore, and a bronze statue of ‘King Billy’ himself stands on the shore nearby.

Opening Times

09.30-17.00 Last Entry Strictly 16:30 and site cleared for 17:00 The Keep is currently closed while the remaining areas of the castle are open to the public as normal. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The remaining areas of the Castle are open to the public as normal.



Carrickfergus Castle Marine Highway Carrickfergus BT38 7BG

Contact Details

Telephone: (028) 9335 1273 Email:   Visit:


Carrickfergus Museum interprets the long and distinguished history of the town and surrounding district from earliest times to the present day.

Material from the Council’s own civic collection, together with Carrickfergus related material on loan from both private and national collections are on display. There are several hands-on interactive facilities giving a fun as well as an informative angle to the displays. The separate ‘Community Archive’ features local and social history material, relating to the Borough’s recent past.

For confirmation for bank holiday opening hours, please contact the Carrickfergus Visitor Information Centre directly.

Opening Times

Mon to Fri 10:00 - 17:00 Sat 10:00 – 16:00 Closed July 12 & 13 Dec 24, 25 & 26 Jan 01



Carrickfergus Museum 11 Antrim Street Carrickfergus BT38 7DG

Contact Details

T: 028 9335 8241 E: Visit:


Carrickfergus boasts Ireland’s sole surviving coal gasworks and is one of the only three left in  Britain and Ireland. Opened in 1855, it supplied Carrickfergus with gas made from coal for over 100 years. Gas was produced until 1967 and the works closed in 1987. The site has been fully restored by Carrickfergus Gasworks Preservation Society and is now open as a visitor and educational attraction.

Opening Times

June - August: Sunday - Friday 14:00 - 17:00 September: Monday - Friday 14:00 - 17:00



44 Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus BT38 8AT

Contact Details

T: 028 9336 9575 E: Visit:
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Booking is OPEN now


Welcome to The Gobbins….

The Gobbins Coastal Path is currently closed, however tours are available for booking from 2nd March 2020 and we look forward to welcoming you.

Due to the popularity of the spectacular guided walk it is advisable that visitors book in advance. We would also like to remind visitors partaking in tours that suitable outdoor clothing and walking/hiking boots with thick tread and ankle support are essential.

Our visitor Centre is still open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm and the Café (view menu) is open daily from 9.00am until 4.00pm.

Please contact us on 028 9337 2318 or email if you would like further details.


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 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 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/hiking  boots with thick tread and ankle support 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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