Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark
Marble Arch Caves
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Marble Arch Caves are currently closed. Refunds will be made directly to ticket holders affected by cancellations. The Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre & car park remains closed.
Car parks at Ely Lodge, Castle Archdale, Lough Navar, Castle Caldwell and Killykeegan are open to the public. Toilets, visitor amenities and play parks will remain closed at this time. Mobile food vendors are not permitted at the sites.
When using any outdoor recreation site, park or pathway for the period of daily exercise, the public must:
- Maintain social distancing at all times (stay 2 metres away from other people) and
- Respect all sites – take your rubbish home and leave no trace.
The Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, which straddles counties Fermanagh and Cavan, became the world’s first cross border Geopark in 2008. Established across almost 20,000 hectares of public land it is jointly managed by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Cavan County Council.
In November 2015, the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark was awarded UNESCO status making it Northern Ireland’s second only UNESCO supported location alongside the Giant’s Causeway in Co. Antrim. UNESCO Global Geopark status is awarded to areas with internationally important geological heritage that also have a sustainable tourism strategy so that they benefit the local and regional economy.
With over 50 sites across the UNESCO Global Geopark, it is home to a fascinating variety of geology, natural landscapes and historic relics. Major lakes, gently rolling drumlins and winding rivers are set against the dramatic backdrop of spectacular cliffs, rugged outcrops, hidden caves and a fabulous array of natural habitats and species. It also contains prehistoric tombs, Iron Age forts, early Christian monasteries and Plantation Castles – all of which have good public access all year round.
A few of the key sites within the UNESCO Global Geopark, is the Marble Arch Caves, Cuilcagh Mountain Park and the Cavan Burren Park.
For further information on the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, including attractions, events and education, visit www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com or call the Geopark Office on +353 (0)71 9853692.