Preview tours of multi-million pound redevelopment at Enniskillen Castle

Enniskillen Castle

Published: 18th July 2016

Members of the public will have the opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ of the £3.5 million redevelopment of Enniskillen Castle as it prepares to open to the public on Thursday 25 August 2016.

During August a limited number of special free preview tours will be available where visitors will be guided around the Enniskillen Castle complex to see the final stages of exhibition set-up in the seven new galleries, history hub, visitor information centre, café and the Castle’s historic grounds.

The 45 minute tours will take place during the afternoon and evenings on selected weekdays and on Saturdays throughout August.

Speaking about the multi-million pound redevelopment of Enniskillen Castle, Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, said:

“The Council is committed to developing quality places and quality services in partnership with others and the works to transform Enniskillen Castle into a state-of-the art heritage gateway for the Fermanagh and Omagh area and beyond is just one example of this.

I am delighted to see that the multi-million pound redevelopment of Enniskillen Castle is almost complete, within the proposed timeframe and budget. The attraction will be a wonderful addition to the cultural and heritage offering within the district for locals and visitors alike.”

Sarah McHugh, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Museums Services Manager, said the free preview tours will provide visitors with a taste of what will be on offer when Enniskillen Castle reopens to the public on August 25.

“The preview tours are a great opportunity to see behind the scenes as we near the completion of the redevelopment of Enniskillen Castle,” said Ms McHugh.

“As well as giving people a flavour of what will be on display at the complex we are also keen to hear suggestions from those on the tours on how we could further add to the visitor experience to ensure Enniskillen Castle is a must visit attraction for locals and visitors to the area.”

The 45 minute preview tours will take place during August on Monday 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 2.30 pm; Thursday 4, 11, and 18 at 6.30 pm; and Saturday 6, 13, and 20 at 2.30 pm.

Tours are free however pre-booking is essential. To book a place on a preview tour please visit www.enniskillencastle.co.ukAlternatively, telephone Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre on 028 6632 3110. Please note, preview tours are limited in number.

Other preview tours for special interest groups including the tourism sector and local businesses; access groups; key stakeholders; press and media; Councillors and Council staff will also take place from late July and into August. Admittance on these tours is by invitation only.

The £3.5 million Enniskillen Castle Heritage Gateway project has received funding from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund; the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland 2007 – 2013 administered by Tourism Northern Ireland (Tourism Northern Ireland is the trading name for the Northern Ireland Tourist Board); the Department for Communities – Historic Environment Division; Fermanagh and Omagh District Council; and the Friends of Fermanagh County Museum.

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