In 1912 the people of Carrickfergus turned out in their thousands to watch as the RMS Titanic made its first ever journey up the lough from its construction dock in Belfast. The famous passenger liner was anchored overnight just off the coast of Carrickfergus, before continuing on its journey.
Rising from the dark waters of the Belfast Lough and situated on the Antrim Coast, stands the impressive and domineering fortress of Carrickfergus Castle. This beautiful 11th century marvel is the primary landmark of the medieval town of Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland and is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions. Being only 11 miles from Belfast, it is easily accessible to all. Open all year round, the opening hours of Carrickfergus Castle are 10:00 until 16:00 October to April and then 10;00 until 18:00 between April and October.