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Architectural Information
  • Building type: Castle
  • Date of construction: 1180
  • Architect: Not Assigned
  • Listing: MON
  • HB/SMR Ref: ANT052:059
  • 2nd Survey by EHS: No
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Carrickfergus Castle

County Antrim

Carrickfergus Castle

Situated on a basalt projection from the shore, forming a rough oval in plan. Square central stone keep with an outer and inner ward defended by curtain walls of basalt rubble. Fronted by large gatehouse flanked by 2 rounded towers. Internal buildings and store houses. Many changes of use and development over the centuries

Building Stone Information

Stone Type Category: Basalt
Primary Stone Type: Basalt
Secondary Stone Type: Cultra Limestone
Other Stone Type: Sherwood Sandstone
Replacement Stone Type: Dunhouse Sandstone
Stonework Construction: Coursed rubble
Stonework Condition: Assorted stone types used with variable weathering response. Basalt is in good condition with isolated evidence of greening. Sandstone exhibits some evidence of surface deterioration through granular disintegration.
Condition Assessment (QUB): 2


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