Flame Gasworks Museum in Carrickfergus

Flame is Ireland’s only preserved Victorian gasworks. FLAME Gasworks opened in 1855 and supplied the town with gas made from coal until 1967. It was subsequently used to distribute gas piped from Belfast until its closure in 1987. The gasworks was restored by the Gasworks Preservation Society and opened to the public as a visitor attraction in 2002. Flame Gasworks is one of only three preserved gasworks in Britain and Ireland. It boasts Western Europe’s largest set of retorts (in which the gas was made), and an extensive collection of gas appliances and documents.

How do I find the Gasworks Museum of Ireland?

Flame: The Gasworks Museum of Ireland is located in Carrickfergus, 10 miles north of Belfast, Northern Ireland. If you’re struggling, just use Google Maps!

During the 1800s and 1900s, coal gas was used for heat, light and power but was eventually superseded by electricity and natural gas. Flame is now the only place in Ireland where you can witness how gas was made from coal. During your tour you will see the ingenious way in which gas was extracted from the coal. You’ll also be able to climb the gasholder and get a panoramic view of the town. The stoker will entertain you with his tall tales, but be prepared for a fright in the shower! Flame has an extensive collection of gas appliances and a library of gas-related books, journals & pamphlets.

  • Wednesday – 2:00 to 4:00
  • Sunday – 2:00 to 4:00
  • Admission is FREE!

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