NEARBYATTRACTIONS

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.

CARRICKFERGUS CASTLE

CARRICKFERGUS CASTLE

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

Summer: April - September Mon - Thurs 8.30am-4.30pm Fri - Sun 8.30am-7.30pm Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Cost

Admission: Adult £5 Children £3.00 under 4's FREE Family (2 adults & up to 3 Children) £13.00 Evening admission after 4.30pm £3.00 per person

Address

Carrickfergus Castle Marine Highway Carrickfergus BT38 7BG

Contact Details

T: 028 9335 1273
CARRICKFERGUS MUSEUM

CARRICKFERGUS MUSEUM

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

April-September Monday-Friday 10.00am-6.00pm Saturday 10.00am-4.00pm October-March Monday-Friday 10.00am-5.00pm Saturday 10.00am-4.00pm

Cost

FREE ADMISSION

Address

Carrickfergus Museum 11 Antrim Street Carrickfergus BT38 7DG

FLAME: THE GASWORKS MUSEUM

Carrickfergus boasts Ireland’s sole surviving coal gasworks and is one of the only three left in the 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

Flame is open all year round as follows: May – August inclusive: Daily (except Saturdays), 2 – 5pm; September: Monday – Friday, 2 – 5pm. Please note that the last tour is at 4.00pm. Open by appointment at all other times.

Cost

Admission is free, but donations are welcome to help run the museum. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Address

44 Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus BT38 8AT

Contact Details

T: 028 9336 9575 E: info@flamegasworks.co.uk www.flamegasworks.co.uk
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Welcome to The Gobbins….

The Gobbins Path is currently CLOSED until Spring 2018. However our visitor Centre is open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm and the Café is open daily from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

Further updates on The Gobbins Path and its re-opening will be provided here and also on our social media sites.

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

 


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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