Zip past Belfast in Northern Ireland to find Carrickfergus Castle in Antrim County. Located in Ulster Province, Carrickfergus Castle is easily accessible by car from Dublin Airport, and the journey typically takes under two hours.
You will have to cross the border to Northern Ireland, but you'll stay on the M1 for most of the drive. Once in Belfast, you'll need to switch to the M2 to take you up to Carrickfergus and the incredible castle, its jousting competitions and its cannon.
If you're visiting Northern Ireland, make time to explore Carrickfergus Castle in County Antrim.
Another Norman castle, Carrickfergus was a military fortress built in the 12th century.
It is one of the few castles that was actively used for military purposes all the way into the 20th century.
Military history enthusiasts can see cannon that date back to the 17th century on the top of the castle walls, and events ranging from jousting matches to medieval costume conventions take place on the castle grounds.
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