Free guided tours at Council properties for European Heritage Open Days

European Heritage Open Days take place on 12 and 13 September 2015

Published: 8th September 2015

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has organised a number of free guided tours at three of its facilities and venues for European Heritage Open Days.

European Heritage Open Days takes place on 12 and 13 September 2015. The free European wide event aims to reflect the common and varied European Architectural Heritage across 50 European countries and is viewed as Northern Ireland’s most popular celebration of built heritage.

Free guided tours will take place over the weekend at the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh; the Townhall, Enniskillen; and the Gortmaconnell section on Cuilcagh Mountain, Florencecourt, which is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.

Strule Arts Centre
Behind the scenes tours of the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh will take place from 3.30 pm on Saturday 12 September. Opened in 2007 the Strule Arts Centre is an award winning building which is a hub for arts and cultural activity. An exhibition of new work by wood engraver, Susan Mannion, inspired by the writer and one of Omagh’s most famous cultural figures, Benedict Kiely, will also be on display over the European Heritage Open Days weekend. Booking for this event is essential. Please telephone the Strule Arts Centre on 028 8224 7831.

Enniskillen Townhall
A series of guided tours of Enniskillen Townhall, detailing the history of the imposing building which was designed by William Scott and built of Carrickreagh stone between 1898 and 1901 will also take place on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Advance booking is not required for this event.

Gortmaconnell townland of Cuilcagh Mountain
On Sunday 13 September, people will have the opportunity to get outdoors and explore the fascinating and unique landscape of the Gortmaconnell townland on Cuilcagh Mountain, part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. Walking guides will explain how the landscape has been shaped throughout the generations, the types of rock that lie beneath the surface and the various plants and animals that live in the area. The walking tour starts at 2 pm and stout footwear and warm waterproof clothing is essential. The walk is not suitable for children aged under 4. Booking for this event is essential. Please telephone the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre on 028 6634 8855.

Previously advertised guided tours of St Lucia’s Barracks, Omagh, are no longer taking place.

All guided tours are free of charge however booking is essential for tours at the Strule Arts Centre on Saturday 12 September, telephone 028 8224 7831 and Gortmaconnell townland on Cuilcagh Mountain on Sunday 13 September, telephone 028 6634 8855.

For a full programme of properties taking part in this year’s European Heritage Open Days in the Fermanagh and Omagh district visit www.discovernorthernireland.com/ehod or telephone Fermanagh or Omagh Visitor Information Centre on 0300 303 1777.

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