Enniskillen Castle has reopened to the public following a multi-million pounds refurbishment programme.
Enniskillen Castle, situated beside the River Erne, was built almost 600 years ago by the ruling Gaelic Maguires. The historic site houses Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum.
The £3.5 million project – which 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; the Department for Communities – Historic Environment Division; Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and the Friends of Fermanagh County Museum – has transformed the Enniskillen Castle complex into a state of the art visitor attraction.
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Visitors to Enniskillen Castle can enjoy seven new galleries which tell the story of the local area from prehistoric to modern times, including the recent excavation of the Drumclay Crannog in Enniskillen. More than 5,500 artefacts were discovered during the excavation shedding light on people’s lives nearly a thousand years ago and the information gleaned from the crannog site is likely to rewrite the history books.
There are ‘behind the scenes’ rooms where visitors can view restoration and remedial work being undertaken by the museum and for the little ones a ‘Cosy Corner’ with soft play and interactive learning.
The complex also boasts a stunning new purpose built Visitor Centre – with impressive views of Lough Erne and the Castle’s redeveloped grounds and gardens – with a genealogy service also available.
Enniskillen Castle is managed by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.
Admission to Enniskillen Castle and its new and improved facilities includes entry to the Maguire Story in the Castle Keep and the Inniskillings Museum.
Monday – Friday *9.30 am – 5.00 pm
*9.30 am for new Visitor Centre. 10.00 am for other buildings
Saturday 11.00 am – 5.00 pm
Sunday (June – September) 11.00 am – 5.00 pm
For further information on Enniskillen Castle visit www.enniskillencastle.co.uk.
Enniskillen Castle Museums
028 6632 5000
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