Historic Places to Visit

The Historic Environment Division maintains a wide range of historic sites across Northern Ireland from large castles to small prehistoric monuments that you can visit. Known as State Care Monuments, they’re among the most important historic places in Northern Ireland.

COVID-19 update on sites you can visit

Dunluce Castle, Carrickfergus Castle and Grey Abbey will be closed from the 23 December 2020 until further notice in accordance with COVID advice from The Executive Office.

You can visit the outdoor spaces at the State Care Monuments listed below and use the car parks. Visitor centres, shops and toilets at these sites are closed in line with public health requirements.

From time to time conservation and maintenance works will be happening at some sites, and as a result there may be restricted public access.

COVID-19 outdoor guidelines

These are the COVID-19 guidelines when visiting State Care Monument sites:

  • Stay local and check it’s open before your leave home and avoid places where there may be lots of people
  • Stay safe and share the space – don’t risk injury – keep apart, socially distancing – respect other users of the space – wash your hands – stay active and keep moving, short picnics are ok but no barbecues – allow time and space for all by staying a few hours not all day
  • Leave no trace by taking your rubbish home – also keep dogs on leads and keep roads clear by not parking at gates or on verges

Outdoor spaces that are open

These are the State Care Monument outdoor spaces that you can enjoy:

North East area

North West area

South East area

South West area


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