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Dobbins Inn in the heart of the historic town of Carrickfergus has a unique legacy spanning at least 800 years! Built in the early 13th Century by the Norman Knight Reginald D'Aubin, the Inn is a well loved establishment and a listed building with period features and our resident ghost Maud!


The ghost of Elizabeth Dobbin, the wife of the first owner Hugh, was put to death back in the 15th Century when he discovered her affair with a young soldier from the castle named Buttoncap.Many guests have been wakened from their slumber by the light touch of a ghostly hand caressing their faces, while others have seen fleeting shadows appearing across reception and the corridors of the hotel!

To view the full fascinating history of the hotel please click here 

Historic Renovations 2018

Historic Renovations 2018

February 2018 saw the start of a joint project to investigate the building’s history to see how much of a 14th Century castle remains behind the modern exterior. The Fallis family, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and the Historic Environment Division (HED) have teamed up to examine just how much of the castle still survives. This will involve the removal of plaster from the front of the building and selected places throughout the interior.

The scheme is being delivered through the Carrickfergus Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), facilitated by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and co-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Cheryl Johnston, who is chair of the town’s THI, said: “This scheme shows our commitment to working with locals and HED to further heritage and economic opportunities within Carrickfergus across Mid and East Antrim.

“The Dobbins research will provide an excellent platform to promote the importance of our local built heritage, with school groups and towns people seeing investigation and conservation in action. It’s like vertical archaeology!

“We are thrilled to have received support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident this project will capture the imagination and bring our proud history back to life.”

 
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