Photograph of the bell tower at St Nicholas' Church


The Carrickfergus Town Centre Masterplan was commissioned in January 2009 by the Department for Social Development in partnership with Carrickfergus Borough Council and Carrickfergus Development Company.

It represents a 15-20 year vision for Carrickfergus Town Centre and will be used by both the public and private sectors to guide regeneration and development decisions. It was published in July 2010 after public consultation.

Vision for Carrickfergus

Carrickfergus Town Centre will be an attractive, healthy, relaxed and safe place to work, live and visit, welcoming to all, including families and young people. Its reputation for excellence and high quality will focus on history and heritage, culture and the arts, leisure, niche retailing and maritime activities. Carrickfergus will be a distinctive town with a unique blend of both ancient and modern, including state-of-the-art infrastructure, public realm and lively streets.

The main actions proposed in the masterplan include:-

  • Redeveloping vacant and derelict town centre properties;
  • Redesign the Marine Gardens and reducing the Marine Highway width;
  • New esplanade civic space and landmark Arts and Visitors centre and improved access to the Castle;
  • High Quality improvements to the public realm in the walled town area and conservation/access to the town wall; and
  • New waterfront development and enhancements in the harbour area including a Sailing Centre with improved boat yard facilities.