Places to See | Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
PLEASE NOTE: Enniskillen Castle Museums is currently undergoing major redevelopment, due for completion in 2016. There is limited access to the Castle Keep only. Visitors can still enjoy The Inniskillings Museum within the castle grounds at a reduced admissions charge. Fermanagh County Museum’s Medieval Maguires display remains open for visitors on the ground floor of the castle keep.
Enniskillen Castle Museums, one of the top places to see in Co Fermanagh, have something for all the family: movies, music, interactives and quizzes, and stories to make everyone think.
This historic site houses two museums, Fermanagh County Museum and the Inniskillings Museum.
Fermanagh County Museum, housed within the castle, is open all year round and attracts approximately 20,000 visitors annually. Its award winning exhibitions cover the prehistory and natural history of Fermanagh, the county’s traditional rural life, local crafts and the celebrated pottery at Belleek. Additional displays trace the long and complex history of this building from its original use as a stronghold of the local Gaelic Maguire chieftains to its later use as a Plantation castle and military barracks.
The Inniskillings Museum tells the story of the town of Enniskillen’s two regiments, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. It is housed in the Castle Keep as well as the old cavalry stables. It has displays which tell the story of the regiments from their formation in 1689 up to modern times.
These two museums in Northern Ireland reflect Fermanagh’s rich history, culture and environment. Definitely worth a visit.
In 2016, major new galleries will open interpreting the county’s rich history as the Kingdom of Lough Erne, with its crannogs, castles and early Christian stone sculptures. Imaginative displays will celebrate local craftmanship from Belleek Pottery, to the Full-Circle Art Gallery and the rural traditions of the Fermanagh hearth.
Enniskillen Castle Museums relaunches in 2016 after major refurbishment and will be the main introduction and gateway attraction of the region.
Address: Fermanagh County Museum, Enniskillen Castle, Castle Barracks, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT74 7HL