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“Shut”

Andrew Jackson Centre
Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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566 reviews
343 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,203 helpful votes
“Shut”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

So, it’s a sunny afternoon in May, and I call by. They’re shut. Huh? I look to see what the opening hours are. There’s just a sign, with a ‘phone number you can call.

I do think it’s great that this old thatched-roof cottage has been preserved. Note that all of America’s presidents were born in America – the ancestral family of one was here. Well, actually their home was bulldozed to make the railway line – this is a similar one that was nearby. This area should celebrate the links to the many people, presumably landless and poor, who made good around the world. We still get young people emigrating when the local economy falters.

This place? I have yet to step inside. It’s easy to find, there seemed to be plenty of space to park nearby. There’s a view south to Carrickfergus Castle.

Visited May 2014
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English first
Belfast, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Closed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

This is not open all the time and was closed during my visit to Carrikfergus. Looks very small from the outside but cannot comment further.

Visited May 2014
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Letterkenny, Ireland
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610 reviews
296 attraction reviews
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“Birthplace of the 7th US President”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

This attraction is about a mile north of Carrickfergus, in the townland of Boneybefore. It is the birthplace of Andrew Jackson, who emigrated with his parents to America, and became the 7th President. The original cottage was a bit further down the road, but was demolished in 1860, to make way for the railway. On my visit, the was a very knowledgeable American lady, who gave me the tour. Out back you can find the US Rangers exhibition. Well worth a stroll up, if your in Carrick.

Visited May 2014
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25 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“A great random find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

Only found this by luck by seeing it from a passing train,had a great time and i have to mention susie who is the tour guide,she was absolutely brilliant and great at explaining the story.

Visited July 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Andrew Jackson Centre Boneybefore”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

Boneybefore is a very small and picturesque village with nothing else to attract visitors to it but this very interesting though small museum set in a quaint and well preserved thatched cottage. There are no ice cream parlours or eateries in the tiny village though it is within driving distance of Carrickfergus. Although US President Andrew Jackson was not born in this actual building, he was born nearby, which is the area's claim to fame. A few minutes to see it is worth it if only passing through. You couldn't make a day out in the area. There are some lovely picturesque thatched cottages in the area and it is on the Belfast Lough so there is a beach though not great for swimming to be honest.

Visited June 2013
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