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Pocket Guide: Carrickfergus Carrickfergus Castle Hotels

Looking for the ideal place to stay during a holiday to Carrickfergus? You couldn’t do better than a hotel near Carrickfergus Castle. Ideally situated close to the promenade, it puts you in an excellent position to enjoy the sights of this lovely town. There is a selection of hotels, bed and breakfasts and guesthouses in the area, ready to provide a warm welcome and with all the amenities required to give you a very pleasant and relaxing stay.

Whether your preference is for a traditional style of homely accommodation, for a larger, modern hotel with enviable facilities, or for a golf hotel positioned within easy reach of a renowned golf course, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

Carrickfergus Castle

Why stay near Carrickfergus Castle? Simply put, it’s one of the best attractions around in a region brimming with them. The central keep of Ireland's first and finest Norman fortress was built by John de Courcy soon after his 1177 invasion of Ulster. The massive walls of the outer ward, which were completed in 1242, will take you back to a time of upheaval and change. The keep houses a museum and the site is dotted with life-size figures illustrating the castle's history, so there is plenty to keep the family entertained, and the occasional surprise to spook the kids!

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. So whatever you’re looking for, this medieval attraction will provide a wonderful break from the relaxing, seaside ambience of the town itself.

Naturally, should you choose to book a hotel close to Carrickfergus Castle, you’ll also be in a position to sample the other many delights of Carrickfergus and County Antrim, as well as the handsome scenery in this beautiful part of the world. Carrickfergus has a selection of well-regarded restaurants and bars to spend your evenings, while the area, renowned for its maritime history and culture, is full of quaint architecture and stunning views for those prepared to take to the coastal paths out of town.

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All your preferences are catered for in this area. Whether you need a family-friendly hotel (no shortage of them near Carrickfergus Castle); a guesthouse that offers breakfasts and sea views, or a cosy bed and breakfast for a romantic weekend, the perfect place is waiting for you.