Saturday 26th May 2018.

The Carrickfergus Town Walls

Join the Friends of the Derry Walls on our annual bus trip on Saturday May 26th, which, this year, will unpack the heritage of our sister walled town, Carrickfergus. Better known for its Norman castle, Carrickfergus is the only other settlement in Northern Ireland with substantial sections of its town walls still upstanding. Its medieval street layout, which has been largely maintained within the town wall boundary, gives a real sense of historic origins of the present day town.  Archaeological digs, at the castle and around the town walls, have provided new insights into the development of Carrickfergus. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is promoting the heritage-led regeneration of the town, using arts and culture, innovation and partnership working, with the aim of placing Carrickfergus firmly on the heritage attraction map. This is a unique opportunity to see how a sister walled town, facing similar and different challenges, is planning to use its past as a resource for the creating a better future. So this should be an enjoyable day out with a focus on history, heritage and place-making.

The draft itinerary is:

Depart from Guildhall 8.30am (Whittaker Street)

Arrive in Carrickfergus: 10.30am

Tour of Castle: 10.45am

Walk around the town walls : 11.45am

Lunch (Dobbins): 1pm Soup and Sandwiches

Welcome from the Mayor in Town Hall: 2pm

Visit to Carrickfergus Museum: 2.30pm

Tour of St Nicholas’ Church: 3.00pm

Departure: 3.45pm

Return to Guildhall at 6.00pm (Whittaker Street)

Let the organiser know about any accessibility or dietary needs and we will try to accommodate them.

The price (£10 for members and £20 for non-members) includes lunch, entrance fees and coach transport to and from Derry Londonderry.

Places must be booked and paid for in advance. Unfortunately due to the low prices, we cannot provide refunds.

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