The Magnificant Anglo-Norman castle at Carrickfergus
Carrickfergus Travel Blog› entry 1 of 1 › view all entries
The outstanding feature on the north shore at the entrance to Belfast Lough, Carrickfergus castle commands the approaches to the city and is one of the best complete examples of Anglo-Norman military architecture. The castle 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 Environment and Heritage Service and is open to visitors wanting to learn more about its history or just looking for a fun day out in a unique setting.
Carrickfergus castle was a key to the Anglo-Norman hold on
Things to do
As you walk around the Castle you will find historic figures that bring its stormy history to life. From the Norman knight, John de Courcy and his wife Lady Affreca to guards at their posts keeping watch over the Castle, these life size models portray the characters that make up the Castle's history.
I loved trips here over the years, and it has now become a very accomplished visitor experience and one I would highly recommend.
I haven't gone completely crazy... the summary title comes from an Old Irish Song recently reprised by Van Morrison... You guessed it... "I wish I was in Carrickfergus". The only problem is that the old song refers to another Carrickfergus - in the province of Munster. Its a very common name meaning Carraig - the Rock of Fergus. Some argue the Irish term has connections with the Norse - Viking KRAG meaning rocky peak or headland... Who the 'Fergus' really knows!