Works apace at Carrickfergus Castle

Date published: 30 May 2018

Work is continuing to develop improved access arrangements to Carrickfergus Castle.

The archaeological excavation at the front of the present ramp, carried out earlier this year, provided important information about some of the features that we know are buried there, such as the large pit outside the castle doors. The excavation also provided essential information about the impact of other works there in the past 70 years or so.

The excavations revealed that, for any future construction works, temporary arrangements to maintain public access will be essential. If the ramp needs to be closed or dismantled an alternative means of access and escape from the site will be needed.

Temporary steps have been installed to maintain public access.  Iain Greenway, Director of Historic Environment Division at the Department for Communities said: “The temporary scaffold steps that have been erected at the entrance are intended to provide continuing safe public access. They are being tested over the coming months to provide solutions around access to the castle, if future works are conducted at the ramp.

“These steps are not a permanent structure; they have been erected without physical damage to the castle, and can be removed without trace once works to the ramp and entrance have been completed.”

The Castle remains open to visitors, however, if you are visiting the Castle to be mindful of the ongoing works.

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