The Tour

Please note the temporary amendments made to the Tour. Click here for more information.

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.


Standard Tour – suitable for adults and school pupils from Year 8 onwards. Some children younger than Year 8 may enjoy this Tour, but it’s worth noting that it is heavier on detail than a Junior Tour (see below). The Tour Route is around 1.5 miles long (on level ground) and takes 90 minutes to complete.

Junior Tour – a less detailed Tour, shorter distance, but more focused on complementing what Primary Schools cover on the Second World War. In my opinion this is suitable for pupils in Years 4-7. The Tour Route is around 1 mile long (on level ground) and takes 60 minutes to complete.

Advice for young children (Year 3 or younger) – if I am honest, the Junior Tour may not be suitable, and the Standard one definitely isn’t. There is quite a lot of information shared on both Tours, and I am not sure that a very young child would find this sufficiently interesting. That said, I will leave it up to the main carer of such a young child to decide if they want to bring them on a Tour. In such circumstances, children of this age will be made more than welcome and I will not charge for their attendance. If in doubt, get in touch and I can offer more specific advice.

I will pre-advertise a few Standard and Junior Tours on Eventbrite. If you would prefer a different day or time than those advertised, let me know and I’ll do my best to set up additional Tours. Please contact me to agree a suitable date and time.

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