Fermanagh Local Attractions – Enniskillen Castle & Museum
Built beside the Erne River nearly 600 years ago, Enniskillen Castle – or Enniskillen Museum, as it is often simply referred to – now houses two museums: The Inniskillings Museum and Fermanagh County Museum.
Situated just 24 miles from Dulrush Fishing Lodge in Belleek, Enniskillen Castle occupies a strategically important position guardian one of just a few passes into Ulster. Its long, complex history and use as a stronghold for Gaelic Maguire chieftains, a plantation castle and military barracks is well documented within the Fermanagh County Museum.
Established in 1976, Fermanagh County Museum is located both within the castle and in the surrounding grounds. Featuring collections reflecting Fermanagh’s culture, history and environment, the museum offers a changing exhibition programme throughout the year, as well as organising events including lectures, craft demonstrations and Living History events; storytelling, prose and poetry readings; commemorative events and many types of educational and family entertainment programmes.
Of particular interest for those with a penchant for the military, the Inniskillings Museum features a collection of medals, memorabilia, uniforms and weapons dating as far back as the 17th Century.
Year-round opening times are:
- Monday – Friday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Visitor Centre)
- Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Museum Galleries)
- Saturdays: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sundays (June to September only): 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- NI & ROI Bank Holidays: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Visitor Centre)
- NI & ROI Bank Holidays: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Museum Galleries)
The Castle/Museum is closed over Christmas.