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Something Old

The Fermanagh Lakelands have more than their share of historic landmarks. From 3 National Trust treasure houses including nearby Castle Coole, Florence Court and Crom Castle to the rugged, ruinous splendour of Devenish Monastic site. The Marble Arch Caves are one of Europe's finest showcaves and allow visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, winding passages and lofty chambers. Visit the historic Belleek Pottery, one of Ireland oldest Potteries, and take a piece of Fermanagh history home.

 

Castle Coole

Experience the stately grandeur of this stunning 18th-century mansion set in a beautiful wooded landscape park ideal for family walks.

Castle Coole is one of Ireland's finest Neo-classical houses, allowing visitors to glimpse what life was like in the home of the Earls of Belmore.

Discover the story of the people who lived and worked below stairs as you explore the splendid suite of servants rooms and service quarters of this magnificent property.

 

Florence Court

Surrounded by lush parkland and thick woodland with Benaughlin mountain rising in the background, Florence Court enjoys a majestic countryside setting in West Fermanagh. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this extensive and welcoming place.

On a guided tour of the Georgian mansion you can hear stories about the Cole family and their staff, who lived here for over 250 years.

Outdoors take a gentle walk or long cycle along 10 miles of trails in the adjoining forest park and see fascinating industrial heritage features, including the water-powered sawmill and blacksmith's forge. The gardens are home to the mother of all Irish yew trees, as well as the kitchen garden which is being restored to its 1930s character.

 

Crom Castle

Located on the shores of Upper Lough Erne, Crom is one of the most romantic and peaceful places in Northern Ireland. This 2,000 acre demesne is surrounded by tranquil islands and ancient woodlands.

One of Ireland's most important conservation areas, Crom is home to a wealth of wildlife. Discover it whether you are fishing, woodland walking, butterfly spotting or bird watching.

At Crom you can experience the surroundings from a unique perspective when you hire one of our boats. Leave the road behind, a whole new world awaits you.

 

 

Devenish Island

Devenish Monastic Site was founded in the 6th century by Saint Molaise on one of Lough Erne’s many islands. During its history it has been raided by Vikings (837AD), burned (1157AD) and flourished (Middle Ages) as a parish church site and St Mary’s Augustine Priory.

There are ruins from different time periods on site; the earliest being St Molaise house (small church) and the round tower which are 12th Century. A second church from the 13th Century, which was extended over time, was the lower church. St Marys Augustinian Priory on the hilltop has been dated from the middle 15th Century to early 16th Century with a church, tower and small cloister. In the graveyard stands a distinctive, unusual, intricately carved stone cross from the 15th Century.

 

Marble Arch Caves

Visitors to the Marble Arch Caves can experience a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers while stunningly beautiful cave formations glisten all around.  Tour groups depart the visitor centre throughout the day, in the care of one of our enthusiastic and interesting tour guides.  The tour consists of a short walk down through the Marble Arch National Nature Reserve; a relaxing 10 minute underground boat journey; and a pleasant stroll of approximately 1.5km through the showcave.  There are a few sets of steps within the showcave system and 150 steps to exit the cave.  Your tour guide will pause along the way to give a fun; interesting; and educational commentary suitable for all age groups to engage with and enjoy.

 

Belleek Pottery

When you step into the world of Belleek Pottery you step back in history. Our museum contains pieces dating back to when the pottery was started in 1857. Our guided tours begin from 10.15am until 12.15pm and resume from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and takes approximately 30 minutes and covers all of the production areas offering our guests the possibility of meeting and chatting with our craftspeople - something that we encourage! Tours are held on weekends during peak season (June-September). Please check time tables for more information. Our final tour is 4pm Daily or 3pm on Fridays. Children under 12 can take the tour for FREE. Booking is essential for parties over 10 persons.