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Flame! The Gasworks Museum of Ireland

44 Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus BT38 8AT, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9336 9575
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A must see in Carrickfergus

A very interesting museum run by enthusiasts and volunteers. The tour is excellent and... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2018
Michael H
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Hexham, United Kingdom
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A fascinating look at our recent past.

The gas museum is a great way to learn about the role gas played in our way of life in the last... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2018
Tinkerpots
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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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44 Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus BT38 8AT, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

A very interesting museum run by enthusiasts and volunteers. The tour is excellent and entertaining, and our guide was passionate about the museum and surrounding area. Entrance is free, and donations welcome. The volunteers are achieving great things with very little money and protecting this...More

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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

The gas museum is a great way to learn about the role gas played in our way of life in the last century and right up to the 1970s. The tour gives the opportunity to climb to the top of a storage tank and hear...More

1  Thank Tinkerpots
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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

A thoroughly interesting and enjoyable tour of the gas works museum. I went along with my dad as he was keen to visit. I am so glad we went, what a wonderful tour! We were shown round by the last manager of the works who...More

Thank Karen M
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Brilliant little museum and excellent tour by Brian and Ivan-their enthusiasm and love for the place is evident and enhances the experience. It is free to enter and I feel a donation is definitely in order.

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Reviewed 28 August 2017

What a warm welcome we received - from Sharon, Brian and Ivan. Also known as Flame, this is one of only three preserved gasworks in the UK - the others being Biggar, Scotland and Fakenham, Norfolk. In fact there are only two others in the...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2017

My husband & I visited here on Friday 4 August 2017. This was our second visit, the first one was on an European Hertiage Day but definetly best to go when you get the tour. We had our own tour, got lots of interesting information...More

1  Thank annepgorman
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

A warm welcome by two former workers in the industry started this very informative personal tour, including a climb to the top of the gasometer. We came out and hour or so later with a good insight on the product on of gas and other...More

1  Thank Saxon54
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Reviewed 22 June 2017

free entrance and tours by volunteers who worked in the gas industry. They know their job so if your interested in recent history and want to be impressed try it

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Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

This is a very hidden place. It does need some work done but as it is free entry and you get a free tour from a very informative man you can't complain. It is huge behind the small entry. The tour does take about an...More

2  Thank Helen M
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Reviewed 12 May 2017

This is well worth visiting to see first hand the workings of a gasworks. It takes you back in time to see how coal was turned into gas and put to use in lots of different ways. This is one of only three museums in...More

1  Thank Robert M
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