Museums and Arts Centres

Flame! The Gasworks Museum of Ireland

Photograph of ovens at Flame! Gasworks Museum

Carrickfergus boasts Ireland’s sole surviving coal gasworks and is one of only three left in the British Isles. The gasworks opened in 1855 and supplied the town with gas made from coal until 1967. It was subsequently used to distribute gas piped from Belfast until its closure in 1987. 

The Museum is operated by the Carrickfergus Gasworks Preservation Society and is open all year round but check their website for details.  Admission Free. 

Visit Flame Gasworks website

It has now been lovingly and faithfully restored by the Carrickfergus Gasworks Preservation Society and opened to the public. Visit this unique museum and discover how gas was made from coal and used for light, heat and power. Take a nostalgic and educational look at the extensive display of original gas appliances. Groups/school parties are especially welcome to this survivor from a bygone age.

Opening Hours:

May – August inclusive: Daily (except Saturdays), 2.00 – 5.00pm
September - April inclusive: Monday – Friday, 2.00 – 5.00pm


Admission is free, but donations are welcome to help us run the museum. Children under 18 must be accompanied by aresponsible adult.

For group bookings and to visit at all other times contact them directly:

T: 028 9336 9575


44 Irish Quarter West
Co. Antrim
BT38 8AT