We've put together a list of nearby attractions within The Gobbins area. We are confident that you, your family and friends will have a memorable time with us. Thank you for visiting and enjoy!
From the Gobbins team.
STEAM TRAINS IRELAND
The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) was formed in 1964 to preserve in working order steam locomotives and other rolling stock built for the Irish railway system, from 1850 to the present day.
RPSI is Ireland’s only remaining mainline steam engineering depot. Whitehead Excursion Station is where all the locomotives and carriages in the RPSI’s Northern Ireland collection are stored. It is where all locomotive maintenance and overhaul is carried out. The station consists of a station building (housing a shop open on their Summer Steam days), a platform, a short running line for public demonstrations and to allow the shunting of their stock. Beyond the station are the sheds housing the engineering equipment and stores necessary to maintain Ireland’s mainline steam train fleet.
The RPSI maintains a museum at Whitehead and operates steam-hauled excursions over the present day Irish railway network for families and enthusiasts. On “Summer Steam” open days, they steam a locomotive and the public and enthusiasts are welcome to come along and have a short ride by steam train within their site for a nominal charge. Their 1951-built dining car is on hand for teas and refreshments, and a Souvenir Shop is open. The full site is usually open and guided tours run throughout the afternoon.
The Society is a not-for-profit charity managed by volunteers. All funds from ticket sales, shop sales, membership fees or donations go directly to keeping Ireland’s steam railway heritage operating for future generations.
Opening TimesPlease Visit www.steamtrainsireland.com for upcoming events
CostFor tickets and enquiries contact: Belfast Welcome Centre, 47 Donegall Place, Belfast, BT1 5AD. Tel: (028) 9024 6609 e: email@example.com
AddressCastleview Road, Whitehead BT38 9NA
Contact DetailsTel: (028) 9337 3968 www.steamtrainsireland.com firstname.lastname@example.org
WHITEHEAD HERITAGE AND WELLBEING WALKING TRAIL
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. The view across Whitehead’s promenade and multi-coloured seafront will give you a sense of the real character and nature of this town. Whitehead is a pristine late-Victorian and Edwardian seaside resort, a place that has invited generations of visitors to stay, relax and enjoy its sights.
This walking trail will help you discover and enjoy Whitehead’s many attractions, as well as some of its hidden gems (you’ll get some healthy, low impact walking exercise in the process!) From historic monuments to bracing seaside strolls; Christian heritage to a Great War airfield; a quiet nature reserve to mighty steam engines, there’s much to enjoy in this compact, friendly town.
Like all the best things in life, the sights of interest in Whitehead require a little time and effort to reach. So be prepared for the weather – and wear a good pair of comfortable shoes!
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.
Attractions of interest along the route include:
1. Blackhead Path, with steps up to Blackhead Lighthouse;
2. Whitehead Bandstand, Promenade and Lido;
3. County Antrim Yacht Club
4. Coastguard Station and Boathouse
5. White Harbour & Nature Reserve
6. Churches and architecture
7. Whitehead Railway Station
8. Castle Chichester
9. Diamond Jubilee Wood
10. Whitehead Aerodrome
Opening TimesAll year
AddressThe walk begins at Black Head Car Park, Whitehead
Contact DetailsCarrickfergus Tourist Information Centre & Museum 11 Antrim Street Carrickfergus County Antrim BT38 7DG Tel:030012450000 e: email@example.com
ANDREW JACKSON COTTAGE AND US RANGERS CENTRE
The Andrew Jackson Cottage highlights Carrickfergus’ strong American and Ulster-Scots connections as well as telling the story of Andrew Jackson, 7th president of the USA, whose parents emigrated to America from Carrickfergus in 1765. Located less than a mile from Carrickfergus town centre off the Larne Road, this single story building has been restored to its original state.
Beside the Jackson Cottage is an exhibition dedicated to the US Rangers, the elite American army regiment. Formed in 1942, the US Rangers were based in Carrickfergus during World War II. The exhibition has an enthralling collection of uniforms, photographs, documents and other material detailing this famed combat unit.