Making memories at Carrickfergus Castle

We may live on a relatively small island, but it is a beautiful island, regardless of her size. There are so many gorgeous places to visit here in Northern Ireland and we’re lucky enough to leave nearby to quite a few of them. We recently hopped on a train and paid a visit to Carrickfergus, a large town on the North shore of Belfast Lough. Carrickfergus is one of my favourite places in the world and I guess it’s because I have family from there, I have lots of childhood memories that have blossomed from Carrick and I suppose in a way it feels like a home away from home.

Carrickfergus Castle

Aside from being County Antrim’s oldest town and one of the oldest settlements in Ireland as a whole, the one main feature that Carrick is famous for is for Carrickfergus Castle. Originally built in 1177 by John de Courcy it is one of the best-preserved medieval structures in Northern Ireland and it played an important military role up until 1928.
Carrickfergus Castle
I will never tire of seeing the castle walls, in fact, I even abseiled down the walls of its highest keep for charity a few years back. But I also love that my children have fallen in love with not only the castle, or the town but everything Carrickfergus has to offer.

Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
This is the first time we have taken Annabelle into Carrickfergus Castle that she has been able to appreciate it in all of its glory. In fact, it was actually her idea that we go in on this particular day and I could not say no to my little castle loving tot.

She practically ran through the doors and for the whole time we were there, which can take just over an hour, she explored every nook and cranny with her siblings that she could.

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Carrickfergus Castle
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Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
The kids had the best time during our visit and I have to say, so did I and mainly because there were new parts of the castle that you could never explore before when we visited. Being able to see the whole other part of the Castle, i.e the murder room {a bit grim} and it’s Chapel {which was seriously creepy} and even the room above the murder hole {see below}. Also even a weird section of the castle that I can only assume was some form of holding cell.

Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle

After the castle exploration was done, we decided to walk over to the Pirate play park. This park was only recently built a few years ago and what child wouldn’t love a park with a replica galleon ship made for playing on! Sadly I have no photos of that because it was so busy, that I wasn’t comfortable in case I got other people’s kids into the shot. Trust me, though, it’s pretty awesome! So here are a few photos of the kids on the shore next to the castle instead! 😉 Oh & on a tank!

Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
We all had a pretty amazing afternoon and thankfully the weather behaved itself too. We were all pretty tired out by the end of it all and even treated ourselves to a milkshake from The Shake Shack before getting our train home. Annabelle loved the Castle so much that on the train home she asked to go back the next day! 🙂

Maybe in a few weeks time kiddo, xx.

D xx

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5 Comments

  1. 24/08/2016 / 10:29 PM

    Oh I love a castle and this one looks fab – proper rustic, as obviously castles should be! x

  2. 01/09/2016 / 5:21 PM

    Looks like you all had an amazing time!

  3. Marc
    04/09/2016 / 10:52 AM

    We are blessed with castles in Ireland and we visit one every few months. Great pics btw.

    Oh, I love playing Carrickfergus on the guitar. It’s such a beautiful song!

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