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Carrickfergus Castle

by greenrabbitdesigns

This past weekend was European Heritage Open Day Weekend with many places throwing open their doors for the public to visit for free. We always like to choose something different to do on this weekend every year, something we haven’t done before.

On Saturday, a very warm and sunny Saturday I have to say, we decided to visit Carrickfergus Castle. I hadn’t been since I was a child and despite working in Carrickfergus for a few years my husband had never been inside the castle. Even when the children were small we never visited as it was always somewhere they visited with school when they were studying the Norman Conquest.

A Norman castle, Carrickfergus Castle has been here for over 800 years, it has survived attacks by Scots, Irish, English and French and even served as an air raid shelter for the people of Carrickfergus during World War 2.

There are beautiful views of Belfast Lough from up on the walls, in the bottom right photo you can just see the cranes at Harland & Wolff shipyard. It was such a lovely day and the breeze coming off the lough was so warm, it’s not usually, believe you me!!

You could even have a go at some archery, which of course I did! I hit the target too, I think bow and arrows may be my choice of weapon from now on, so beware!!! 😉

There were lots of dark little nooks and crannies!

So glad this fellow was looking out for us!

I love the way these little plants grow in the walls!

Lots to see inside and out.

As you can see the town of Carrickfergus has been a landing spot for a few Royals over the years.

It was a very enjoyable day out and the weather was wonderful, unlike today!!

It has been a very damp and dismal and noticeably cooler start to the week I’m afraid.

Here’s hoping for some improvement as the week goes along. Have a good one! 🙂

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simone September 10, 2012 - 5:08 pm

It looks like a great day out. I would loved to have a go at the archery but doubt I would have hit the target! I like the little plants growing in the walls too. Nature always finds its way doesn’t it? Have a great week Vivienne. x

leon10 September 10, 2012 - 5:31 pm

lovely photos of the castle I know that there is een irish song about this village city I wish I was in carrickfurgus ! very lovely song
greetings leon10

Madelief September 10, 2012 - 7:24 pm

Dear Vivienne,

The castle looks really impressive. We don’t have fortresses like that in Holland.

We had open monument weekend in Holland too, but unfortunately were too busy to visit.

Wish you a happy new week!

Madelief x

Susana September 10, 2012 - 10:52 pm

Hola Vivienne. Me gusta mucho visitar castillos y he visto muchos en diferentes partes del mundo. El castillo Carrickfergus no lo conozco y espero visitarlo algĂșn dĂ­a, es muy bonito.
Feliz fin de semana.

Mia September 11, 2012 - 7:26 am

Wonderful pictures, Vivienne! It seems that you had a great day, and weather seemed to be beautiful, just perfect for a romantic castle-visiting!

Have a great week, dear friend, and I am sending you some sunshine from here (oh yes, we have it, and it should be warm this week, even +20C at some days!)!

Yours,
Mia

Gill September 11, 2012 - 10:04 am

That looked a great day out Vivienne! Great photos too.
Good for you having a go at archery, and well done for hitting the target! I imagine that archery is probably one of those sports where people make it look easy when it is not, especially after seeing the Olympics archery with those powerful modern bows.
We are still hanging on to some good sunny weather (fingers crossed!) here in the SE of the UK, but the storm clouds are gathering and we had rain in the night.
Have a good week Vivienne
Gill xx

Jill September 11, 2012 - 11:14 am

Lovely post Vivienne. It looks a beautiful place to visit.
The temperature has really dropped here, and we’d had such a glorious weekend as well. It’s such a shame. it poured it down yesterday, but I’m praying that there’ll be no rain today though – I need to get my washing dry! xx

Jane September 11, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Isn’t it amazing how we have places on our doorstep we never visit and yet we travel the world! I am just taking a break from the packing…nearly there. What lovely photos Vivienne and a great day out…try shooting a message over here with that bow and arrow ;0)
See you soon,
Jane x

Helen Philipps September 11, 2012 - 7:43 pm

Lovely post, Vivienne! Such an interesting place to visit, I do enjoy seeing castles and other historic monuments….and would love to try the archery too!!
Wishing you a lovely week.
Helen x

Margaret September 13, 2012 - 8:31 am

It looks as though you enjoyed a great day out Vivienne. Thanks for the tour of the castle. I used to love visiting stately homes and castles when we lived in UK.

Patty September 13, 2012 - 10:46 am

The castle looks like a brilliant trip out, what a nice day too. I looked to see if there was anything going on here for the Heritage weekend but it seemed to be the same churches and things I’ve been to before.
Archery looks fun and so much more skillful than darts! x

Anne September 16, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Very cool AND very historic. I’ve already shared this post with my family. Thanks for taking us along on the tour.

Happy SUnday and week ahead.

Anne x
PlumCreek

Victoria September 16, 2012 - 3:31 pm

It looks like you had a great day out. Isn’t it always the way, though, that we rarely visit the places right on our doorsteps?
Victoria x

thelinencat September 18, 2012 - 7:48 pm

I agree with many comments – it looks like you had a great day out! Isn’t it funny how we rarely visit the things on our doorstep, we took the boys to Skipton Castle in North Yorkshire on our last trip there, my local town all my childhood/young adult life, but I don’t think I’d ever visited before, except maybe a school trip when I was very young. It’s been quite interesting holidaying at ‘home’ with the boys, lots of fun to be had finding things to do and getting to know home from a tourist point of view. Bethx

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