If you’re looking for somewhere a bit different for your next holiday to Northern Ireland, the charming Antrim town of Carrickfergus offers visitors a perfect blend of history, modernity and natural beauty, making it the ideal destination for Northern Ireland holidays. It’s especially suited to relaxing weekend breaks in Northern Ireland, offering a serene, tranquil ambience. And you can rest assured that Shearings’ team of holiday experts will have found the very best Carrickfergus hotels, just for you.
Known locally as ‘Carrick’, Carrickfergus is a large, attractive town in the east of County Antrim, situated 11 miles from Belfast, on the north shore of Belfast Lough. The Irish name of the town is ‘Carraig Fhearghais’, which means ‘rock of Fergus’. The town was immortalised in an Irish folk song of the same name, and following his marriage, one of Prince William’s titles has been ‘Baron Carrickfergus’, a title that was unused since 1883.
You’ll find so many enticing things to do in Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Castle is a must-see - this Norman castle is one of Northern Ireland’s best-preserved medieval buildings. Carrickfergus Museum & Civic Centre houses fascinating artefacts pertaining to the region’s local history. Why not relax by Carrickfergus Marina and watch the boats sail by? The nearby Andrew Jackson Centre is the ancestral home of the seventh President of the United States, a fascinating look at America’s history and historical links to the area.