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Carrickfergus Castle

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Added on 15 Jan 2019,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 15 Jan 2019

Nearby cycle routes and tours

Route nameTypeDist. to route

EuroVelo: Atlantic Coast Route - Part Scotland - Ireland - Wales

Route

2,6 km

Derry - Newtownards

Route

4,5 km

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Type of sights

Castle/palace

 

Name and address

Carrickfergus Castle

Marine Highway

GB-BT38 8AA Carrickfergus

Geodetic coordinates

54.713314 -5.806446

Communication

Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle (from the Irish Carraig Ḟergus or "cairn of Fergus", the name "Fergus" meaning "strong man") is a Norman castle in Northern Ireland, situated in the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. Besieged in turn by the Scottish, Irish, English and French, the castle played an important military role until 1928 and remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Northern Ireland. It was strategically useful, with 3/4 of the castle perimeter surrounded by water (although in modern times only 1/3 is surrounded by water due to land reclamation).

Carrickfergus was built by John de Courcy in 1177 as his headquarters, after he conquered eastern Ulster in 1177 and ruled as a petty king until 1204, when he was ousted by another Norman adventurer, Hugh de Lacy. Initially de Courcy built the inner ward, a small bailey at the end of the promontory with a high polygonal curtain wall and east gate. It had several buildings, including the great hall. From its strategic position on a rocky promontory, originally almost surrounded by sea, the castle commanded Carrickfergus Bay (later known as Belfast Lough), and the land approaches into the walled town that developed beneath its shadows.

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Wikipedia contributors, 'Carrickfergus Castle', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 31 December 2018, 22:59 UTC, <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Carrickfergus_Castle&oldid=876222031> [accessed 15 January 2019]

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Nearby cycle routes and tours

Route nameTypeDist. to route

EuroVelo: Atlantic Coast Route - Part Scotland - Ireland - Wales

Route

2,6 km

Derry - Newtownards

Route

4,5 km

Added on 15 Jan 2019,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 15 Jan 2019