The charming coastal town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim offers tourists a rustic, tranquil experience within reach of Northern Ireland’s dynamic capital city, Belfast. Discerning travellers seeking discounts on their ideal Irish getaway can book today with Hotwire for exclusive deals on a stay in this cosy 3* Hot Rate hotel. As well as boasting spacious, comfortable double en-suite guestrooms equipped with the latest mod-cons and free high speed Wi-Fi, this hotel also offers guests a complimentary continental breakfast in its stylish restaurant, access to the deluxe fitness suite and free secure onsite parking.
Carrickfergus, locally known as simply ‘Carrick’, is idyllically positioned on the north shore of the Belfast Lough, just 11 miles from Belfast city centre. The town’s colourful history pre-dates that of Belfast and is most notably demonstrated by the majesty of Carrickfergus Castle which is located on the quayside. Established in 1177 by the Normans, the imposing castle has since been used as a prison during the Napoleonic Wars and the town’s air raid shelter during WWII. Today, Carrickfergus Castle is open to the public to explore and as a vantage point for unrivalled views across the town and the bay.
The surrounding county of Antrim is home to some of Ireland’s most picturesque countryside, helping to give it the title of the ‘Emerald Isle’. Hotel guests travelling by car can make the drive to Northern Ireland’s north coast and the iconic natural phenomenon of Giant’s Causeway. Granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status, Giant’s Causeway comprises of 40,000 basalt columns jutting out of the sea resulting from a volcanic eruption. The Causeway heavily features in Irish mythology and its fascinating folklore legacy means that it is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.
Hotel guests wishing to spend a day sightseeing in Belfast are just a stone’s throw from Carrickfergus railway station which runs regular services to Belfast Central and Belfast Great Victoria Street. The capital’s inspiring historic heart is lined with elegant Victorian architecture, picturesquely positioned on the mouth of the River Lagan and surrounded by lush green mountains, making it one of the UK’s most scenic cities. Must-see attractions include the Baroque inspired Belfast City Hall which dominates the city skyline, the iconic Samson and Goliath shipbuilding cranes, the RMS Titanic Belfast visitor attraction, the Belfast Wheel and the many traditional pubs that host live Irish music acts during the evenings.