County fermanagh Things to DoList of sites and attractions in County fermanagh
Marble Arch Caves, Marlbank, County Fermanagh
Adventurous families are guided by boat through well-lit underground waterways to explore caves and view amazing stone formations.
Castle Coole, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
On the outskirts of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh stands Castle Coole, the family home of the Earls of Belmore and one of the treasures of the National Trust.
Designed by James Wyatt, this magnificent neo-classical house took ten years to build. It was completed in 1798.
The interior of the house was created by some of the leading craftsmen of the late 18th century with chimney pieces carved by Westmacott, plasterwork created by Rose, scagliola columns and pilasters created by Bartoli.
Highlights of a tour of Castle Coole are the magnificent state rooms with their sumptuous Regency furnishings. These include the State Bedroom, said to have been prepared for a visit by George IV in 1821.
Devenish Island, , County Fermanagh
Located in Lower Lough Erne north of Enniskillen Co. Fermanagh Devinish is one of a number of "Holy Islands" in the lough. It contains one of the finest monastic sites in Northern Ireland. It includes an almost perfect 12 century Round Tower typical of such settlements. Also on the island nearby are the walls of the Oratory of St Molaise who established the monastery in the 6th century. On the Islands highest point sits the Abbey Church of St. Mary. A priory was built here in the 15th century with a tower and a cloister to the north.
Devenish Island can be reached by ferry from Tory daily (Except Mondays) April to September or alternatively the M.V. Kestrel which cruises on the Lough Erne leaving from Enniskillen stop at Devienish for 30 minutes.
Monea Castle, , County Fermanagh
Few castle ruins so readily engage the imagination as the picturesquely sited Monea - undoubtedly the most complete and best-preserved of all the Plantation castles of Ulster. Building commenced in 1616 by the Rector of Devenish, the Reverend Malcolm Hamilton. Shortly after wards, in 1619, it was described by Pynnar as "a strong castle of lime and stone being 54 feet long and 20 feet broad". The bawn, comprising "a wall 9 feet in height and 300 feet in circuit" was added shortly before Hamilton was promoted to become Archbishop of Cashel in 1623.
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
Enniskillen is the County Town of Fermanagh, located almost exactly in the Centre of the County on the natural island which separates the Upper and Lower sections of Lough Erne. At the centre of the town is the Town Hall, which was completed as recently as 1901. The Clock Tower here is six stories high and can be seen from everywhere, complete with its statues marking the proud military heritage of the Town. The Bandstand outside the Town Hall is used regularly through the Summer St. Michaelsand works well to add to the impression that this is a very warm and unusual retail centre.