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! 🙂