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Flame! The Gasworks Museum of Ireland

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Address: 44 Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus BT38 8AT, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 9336 9575
14:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Fri 14:00 - 17:00

Carrickfergus boasts Ireland's sole surviving coal gasworks and is one of...

Carrickfergus boasts Ireland's sole surviving coal gasworks and is one of only three left in the British Isles.It opened in 1855 and supplied the town with gas for over 100 years. It stopped making gas in 1967 and finally closed in 1987.It is now fully restored and open to the public.Come along and have a guided tour where you will see how gas was made from coal in Europe's largest surviving set of retorts. You'll also get a great view from the top of the gasholder! Marvel at how gas was used for light, heat and power. Our opening hours are May to Aug inc: Daily except Saturdays 2-5pm September: Monday to Friday 2-5pmWe can open at any time outside these hours for advanced bookings, which can be made either by email or telephone.A hidden gem in the heart of Carrickfergus illuminating town gas's unique role in the development of urban areas.

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This a kind of activity you do not forget.Nice guy the man who explain you what you are seeing.Very patient for people who do not speak english very well.The vist takes you 1-2... read more

Reviewed 13 January 2017
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Carimate, Italy
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Reviewed 13 January 2017

This a kind of activity you do not forget.Nice guy the man who explain you what you are seeing.Very patient for people who do not speak english very well.The vist takes you 1-2 hours , it depends on you interest in that matter.I would reccomend this activity because it is true , not a business matter.You live a part of... More 

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carrickfergus, n.i.
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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Free entry - just give a donation if you want at the end. Tours given by enthusiastic guys with great knowledge. Can ask questions readily without feeling daft! Very interesting, local history and a bit like a tardis - much bigger on the inside!

1 Thank jacq007
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Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

What an interesting if rather quirky museum! We visited on a Friday afternoon and got our own personal guided tour. Both of our tour guides were very knowledgeable and we even got the chance to climb on top of the gasometer. It is free to go round so definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

2 Thank submarinerLondon
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 July 2016

The Retired Members of the Northern Ireland Telecoms Branch of the Communication Workers Union voted to take in a tour of the gasworks during their day out in Carrickfergus. Initially there was just the one group interested, but when they returned to our central point and described what they'd seen, another group quickly formed up and the staff at Flame... More 

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Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

I was only in Carrickfergus for a few hours but decided to go to see Flame and I was amazed at the whole place. I was the only person in at the time so I got a personal tour by one of the volunteers. I saw most of it and then saw the collection of gas appliances including a gas... More 

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Reviewed 30 May 2016

Only small but a great museum. The staff were so enthusiastic and informative. We were the only ones there, so had our own personal tour. Good collection of old gas appliances including a gas fridge which I remember from the early 70's. Well worth a visit.

2 Thank morvenscaraben
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Visited with a group. Brian and his team are enthusiastic, , and we all enjoyed the tour. If you have a few hours in Carrickfergus, add it to your agenda.

2 Thank carsdeb
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Reviewed 28 February 2016

A MUST Experience if you are anywhere near Carrickfergus. A real opportunity to learn, in a relaxed atmosphere, how towns were supplied with gas in an earlier age as well as learning about the many useful by-products from Coal.

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Reviewed 7 October 2015

Thank you to the very nice man who opened up and gave us a guided tour of this last surviving intact coal gasworks. We were so lucky. We saw the introductory video then he took us to the top of the gasholder, showed us the retorts which produced the gas from coal and gave us the history of the place.... More 

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Reviewed 2 October 2015

We were in Carrickfergus for a day and following the positive reviews and recommendation from the Tourist information, decided to give The Gasworks museum a try. It was better than expected, and having the entertaining and informative guide on a one to one tour made the experience very enjoyable. We particularly loved the nostalgia of seeing the collection of gas... More 

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