Official tourism website for Northern Ireland
En

Whitehead Heritage & Wellbeing Trail

Carrickfergus Visitor Information Centre, Marine Highway, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, BT38 7BG
Whitehead promenade with coloured houses and old outdoor swimming pool

Book Tickets Online

About

Before its development back in the 17th and 18th century, Whitehead was a small village called Chichester and the ruins of the Castle Chichester, built by Sir Moses Hill can still be seen in Chester Avenue.

Whitehead and province's railway network are inextricably linked and the town is appropriately today the base for the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland's, Whitehead Railway Museum. Its steam engines and rolling stock are on view to the public, and as well as the famed Portrush Flyer, the old steam locomotives and carriages can be seen travelling to many parts of Ireland.

The town developed as a crucial rail link to Larne and Belfast and encouraged many people to live in the area, a haven from the bustle of the city. In the late 1900s it grew into one of the province's most popular resorts.

The town boasts two popular golf courses, Whitehead and Bentra, both providing excellent sporting challenges to the most experienced golfer as well as the eager learner.

The rugged and varied Antrim Coast is nowhere better appreciated than from along Blackhead path, which runs from Whitehead past Port Davy to Blackhead itself. For the more energetic, the climb up the stone steps to the lighthouse brings ample reward.

Point of interest: Whitehead Railway Museum

Book Tickets

Facilities

Provider Preferences

  • Free (parking charges may apply)

Add Whitehead Heritage & Wellbeing Trail to your Itinerary

Close window

Call direct on:

Tel+44 (0) 28 9335 8222

Map & Directions

What's Nearby

  1. Local museum interpreting the long and distinguished history of the town and surrounding…

    0 miles away
  2. Established in 1182 by the Anglo Norman, John de Courcy, St Nicholas' has many historic…

    0.09 miles away
  3. Home of Sir Arthur Chichester this delightful recreated Knot Garden is located close ot…

    0.11 miles away
  4. Beautiful parkland on the waterfront of Carrickfergus within sight of the Castle…

    0.22 miles away
  5. For more than 800 years, Carrickfergus Castle has been an imposing monument on the…

    0.26 miles away
  6. We offer a full range of services, including free maps and information leaflets, bus and…

    0.26 miles away
  7. Situated overlooking the harbour, the life size bronze statue was commissioned to mark…

    0.26 miles away
  8. LOur Urban Farm and Garden Centre at Kilcreggan Homes is a free popular attraction to…

    0.54 miles away
  9. Located less than a mile from the Town Centre, off the Larne Road, the Andrew Jackson…

    1.02 miles away
  10. County Antrim War Memorial erected and dedicated to the fallen from the County of Antrim…

    3.08 miles away
  11. Grey Point Fort is one of the best preserved early 20th century coastal forts anywhere in…

    3.78 miles away
  12. The Walled Garden,Helen's Bay, was built in 1886 by Belfast cotton and muslin…

    3.98 miles away
  13. Beautiful sandy beach with excellent facilities, all within twenty minutes drive of…

    4.06 miles away
  14. Discover magnificent views and Ulster Scots heritage in Templecorran graveyard,…

    4.48 miles away
  15. Step back in time and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Explore thatched…

    4.59 miles away
  16. You’ll find majestic locomotives, horse-drawn carriages, vintage motorbikes, and cars at…

    4.59 miles away

Virtual Tour

Map & Directions

Back to Top

Tourism Northern Ireland

Don't Miss