“…..consequently this country is at war with Germany.”

Come with me on a walk around Carrickfergus. Through contemporary photographs and stories, I’ll take you back to the town as it was in the early 1940s.

On 1 September 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later. So started a conflict that would spread across all parts of the planet and last for six years: the Second World War.

As the German military machine swept through Europe, Carrickfergus (like many towns and cities across the nation) responded to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s call to support the War Effort.

Its citizens served in the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and Merchant Navy.

On the Home Front, factories in the town turned their attention to making the essential products needed for the war.

British, American and Belgian military units were stationed (and a significant one created) within the town, and a number of German and Italian prisoners-of-war were detained here.

So, join me as I Lead the Way and discover the unique role Carrickfergus played during  the Second World War.

Find out how Franklin, Rupert and Matilda left this town to play a significant part in the successful Allied victory.

Some useful information about the Tour is shown below, or you can jump to what you need by using the menus at the top of this page.

The Tour

This Tour is designed to showcase the role Carrickfergus played during the Second World War (1939-45).

Throughout towns and cities across the United Kingdom during the Second World War, factories that made even the most routine of products were converted to manufacture goods needed for the War Effort.

Carrickfergus was no different. Through this Tour you will learn about the very important items that were created here.

Northern Ireland was a staging post for over 300,000 American troops on their way to the frontline.

Carrickfergus was identified as a crucial part of the infrastructure required. The first American communication base was set up here in early 1942, but a more significant event took place in the town in the summer of that year. We will visit the location where this took place, discover why it was so important, and follow the historic onward journey of one of those American soldiers.

I will share some dates and facts with you along the way, but I won’t be bombarding you with numbers. This Tour is more about the story of the town, and some of the people associated with it, during the Second World War.

Variations of the Tour

Open Tour

Open Tours are available on a “just turn” up basis, or can be pre-paid through Eventbrite.

If the dates/times of the Open Tours do not suit, I can offer Bespoke Tours to meet your requirements. Contact me to make arrangements

This is a one-mile circular route, on level paved ground and takes roughly an hour to complete.

The Tour route will also take us past many of the significant older parts of the town that you may wish to visit after completing this Tour.

Along the way I will use the locations and contemporary photographs to show the town’s significance during the Second World War.

Open Tour dates and times are published on Eventbrite.

Bespoke Tour

If the Open Tour doesn’t suit you, please get in touch and I will work with you to create a Bespoke Tour that meets your requirements.

For example:

  • There are some interesting locations outside the Town Centre worth visiting, if you are prepared fo walk a little further.
  • Focusing more on the town’s manufacturing activities can be used to bring to life the “Home Front” to Key Stage 3 pupils and other students learning about the Second World War.
  • You may wish to include a visit to Carrickfergus Castle and/or the US Rangers museum as part of a Tour.
  • You may wish to have a meal while in the Town.

I will do my best to help you build a Tour programme that matches your specific interests and requirements. Contact me to discuss possibilities.

NOTE: the US Rangers museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday (11:00am to 3:00pm), so a Tour including a visit here can normally only be arranged to fit into those times. In some circumstances, for Group Bookings, the US Rangers museum may be available at times other than their standard opening ones, but I would need adequate notice in advance to make a formal request to the museum.

Pricing & Tickets

Open Tour

(1 mile, approximately one hour)

Adult (over 16): £6

Juvenile (11-16): £4

Families (up to 2 Adults and 3 Juveniles): £18

Bespoke Tour

Bespoke Tours are available by contacting me with your requirements. I will agree a price in advance based on that request.

     

All Tours

Children (under 11): FREE, if accompanied and supervised by an Adult (1 Child per Adult). Note, this Tour may not be suitable for Children under 5

Groups: Discount available for pre-booked Tours, depending on Group size. Please contact me in advance to arrange a suitable date and time, and agree an overall cost.

Prices include a complimentary regular size cup of tea or coffee, per Adult/Youth, in Dobbins Inn at the end of the Tour. The Tour Guide will provide you with a Voucher which you should present to your server.

Ticketing Arrangements

You can either pre-purchase Tickets for the Open Tour through Eventbrite or pay your Guide on arrival.

If you pre-purchase a Ticket for the Tour, please bring a printed copy of your ticket to present to the Tour Guide.

For Bespoke Tours, payment arrangements will be agreed at the time of booking.

Cancellations

In the event that a pre-paid Tour is cancelled, the following policy applies;

If Lead The Way Tour is unable to deliver a Tour, you will be offered a full refund. In addition, you will be given a 20% discount should you choose to re-book at a later date.

If you chose to cancel a Booking, you will receive a full refund if the cancellation is made at least one day prior to the Tour. There will be no refund if you choose to cancel less than a day before the Tour is due to commence. See the Eventbrite booking page for details.

Getting Here

The Tour starts just to the left of Carrickfergus Castle, as you look at the entrance.

You really can’t miss it!

Carrickfergus Castle – meeting point for the start of the Tour

The Guide will be easy to spot – he’ll be carrying a replica US Army Jeep Bag like this one….

US Army Jeep Bag

There are excellent train and bus connections to Carrickfergus. Translink is Northern Ireland’s public transport provider. You can click here to use their Journey Planner.

If you are travelling by car or private coach, Car Park details are available here.
The Harbour Car Park is recommended as being the most convenient free one in the Town.

There is a bit more information about what else you may wish to do while in Carrickfergus in our “Stay Awhile” page.

Contact Me

For any additional information or requests, contact Adrian at:

leadthewaytourcarrickfergus@gmail.com

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