Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
ENNISKILLEN, COUNTY FERMANAGH
Marble Arch Caves are one of Europe's finest showcaves, a truly spectacular subterranean world, but only one of many attractions in the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. Visitors to the caves experience a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers, while beautiful cave formations glisten all around. Subtle lighting reveals hanging stalactites, translucent mineral veils and cascades of calcite. One of the largest of these flowstones, the Porridge Pot, took 50,000 years to grow from slow drips from above. An audio-visual presentation on the Marble Arch Caves and the wider UNESCO Global Geopark of Fermanagh and Cavan can be seen at the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre. There is also a beautiful nature walk through the Cladagh Glen nature reserve which starts here. For the more experienced hillwalker access to Cuilcagh Mountain Park is located approximately 500m from the gate of the visitor centre. The Geopark takes in a vast area of rugged mountainous uplands and gentle rolling lowlands of Counties Fermanagh and Cavan. Prehistoric tombs, Iron Age forts, early Christian monasteries, and Plantation Castles are scattered across the landscape.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Cave not accessible
- Facilities: Induction loop in AV theatre
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open daily, Etr-late Sep/early Oct. Contact for opening times
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About The area
Discover County Fermanagh
Running right through the middle of County Fermanagh are the two parts of Lough Erne, the Upper and the Lower. The Lough’s shape has been likened to a leaping dolphin scattering a shower of broken water drops behind it.
At about 50 miles long, but only around 5 miles wide, Lough Erne is very shallow. The surrounding soil has resisted agriculture and remained a mixture of moorland, forest and marsh. The monastery established by St Molaise in the 6th century stands on Devenish Island, in the Lower part of the Lough. Here you’ll find a tall round tower, built by monks around 1120, the ruins of the beautiful little 15th-century abbey church and a fine high cross.
The largest town in Fermanagh is Enniskillen, set on an island in the middle of Lough Erne. The long main street is lined with shops, and features the historic Buttermarket, filled with local crafts, many of which you can see being made. Some of the many attractions in town include the castle with its regimental and county museums. There’s also Cole’s Monument in Forthill Park with a splendid view over the town.
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