Stunning coastline, gorgeous countryside and a thriving historic town... there's a lot to to see and do if you stay at the Premier Inn Hotel Carrickfergus. Step back in time at Carrickfergus Castle and the town's museum before visiting the marina and smartly refurbished Amphitheatre leisure centre; if it's the right time of year follow the steps at the Annual Irish Dancing Championships. Either way kick back at the hotel's Brewers Fayre restaurant before retiring to a very comfy bed.
Facilities – at a glance
The UK's largest budget accommodation provider – ideal for business, leisure and family stays
- En-suite rooms: 49
- Family rooms: 0
- Free TV
- WiFi available
- Children welcome
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Discover County Antrim
At its closest point, County Antrim is only 12 miles from the Mull of Kintyre, and its coastline is both beautiful and geologically diverse. Alternating sandy bays, rocky shores, high cliffs and forbidding headlands produce a dramatic scenery. Inland, the beautiful wooded glens rise to meet dizzying moorland heights.
The complex coastal geology ranges from relatively recent volcanic activity several millennia ago – represented by the massive basalt moorland plateau – to the silvery schists in the northwest, which are about 250 million years older. It includes rocks laid down more than 500 million years ago on an ancient ocean floor, pudding-stone that was later a desert floor, a belt of coal formed out of a swampy delta, salt trapped in the stone 200 million years ago, and mudstones and limestones from the time of the dinosaurs. In between are rich red sandstones, grey clays and dazzling cliffs of white chalk. This fascinating mixture is best seen at Fair Head and Murlough Bay, where, in startling contrast, the chalk cliffs overlie the older red Triassic sandstones. The Antrim Coast and Glens were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1988.
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