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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.

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

April-September Monday-Sunday: 10.00am-5.00pm October-March Minday-Sunday: 10.00am-4.00pm Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Cost

Adult: £5.00 Student: £3.00 Child/Senior Citizen: £3.00 Under 4s: FREE Group Rate: £3.00 (10+ must be booked in advance)

Address

Carrickfergus Castle Marine Highway Carrickfergus BT38 7BG

Contact Details

T: 028 9335 1273 www.doeni.gov.uk
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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The Gobbins path will be open for the summer season, Council Confirms.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has announced that the internationally-unique coastal path at The Gobbins will re-open at the end of June, just in time for peak visitor season.

The Gobbins closed unexpectedly last year, when extreme weather conditions caused higher levels of rock fall along the path. Council brought forward its programme of planned maintenance in the interests of visitor and staff safety, which it says are paramount.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim , Councillor Audrey Wales MBE outlined what has been happening in Islandmagee over recent months: “We were very disappointed last year to miss our first peak season due to the unavoidable closure. Our visitor figures had already well exceeded our targets for the period and out feedback worldwide had been, and continues to be, extremely positive.

“The Gobbins is an outstanding natural and sometimes unpredictable attraction and the only guided adventure walk of its kind in Europe. Over recent months we have been working to dislodge loose rock through scaling and the majority of that work is complete. We have been looking at options for the areas around the ends of the bridges, to ensure that they aren’t damaged during the scaling process and we will now move to complete that element of the maintenance work.

“Council had budgeted around £2 million for its maintenance work, which included work to restore the access path following Storm Frank in 2015. We have spent about a quarter of the budget to date, so the next phase to get The Gobbins open represents a significant investment in growing local economy in Mid and East Antrim through creation of sustainable jobs and tourism. Mid and East Antrim has a fantastic range of tourist attractions, from Carrickfergus Castle to Slemish mountain and we have been committed, together with our partners in Tourism NI and Tourism Ireland, to promoting all our assets on a world stage.

“The Gobbins is so special within Europe. It sits within an area of Special Scientific Interest on account of its wildlife and habitats. It is one of the only mainland sites in Ireland where puffins nest and as such we will always be restricted by the bird nesting season. We will be unable to open a small section at the end of the 2 km path in time for June because of the environmental sensitivities within this area and the associated Planning restrictions, but we will work on those areas during the off-peak season later in the year. Seasonal opening will be a feature of The Gobbins going forward and will be necessary in order for Council to carry out its annual cliff maintenance work off-peak.

“We’re very excited to have a re-opening date confirmed. Booking lines will be open again early in May and we look forward to bringing people back to The Gobbins and to Mid and East Antrim for an exhilarating and exciting raw experience with nature” she said.

 

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