Carrickfergus boasts Ireland's sole surviving coal gasworks and is one of the only three left in the British Isles. Opened in 1855, it supplied Carrickfergus with gas made from coals for over 100 years. It is now fully restored and has been reopened as a visitor and educational attraction.
This museum gives visitors the opportunity to see Europe's largest surviving set of horizontal retorts (in which the gas was made), meet the manager and the workers, and ascend the working gasholder for panoramic views of the town. Produced gas until 1967 and finally closed in 1987.
See how gas was made from coal in Europe's largest surviving set of horizontal retorts. Meet the manager and his wife and listen in on the workers. You'll also get a great view of the town from the top of the gasholder! Marvel at how gas was used for light, heat and power and learn about our future with natural gas.
Besides the gasworks, FLAME also has an extensive collection of gas appliances and a library on the gas industry. There are also toilets and a shop.
Groups and schools are especially welcome. Tours are normally self-guided, but guides are available on request (parties should book in advance).
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.
Prices:Admission is free.
Location / Directions
Flame is located in Irish Quarter West, and can be reached by train, bus and car. If driving, park at the Castle carpark and follow the signs. There is also on-site parking for disabled drivers(please phone in advance for details).
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