Enniskillen Castle

Sat, Feb 9, 2013, 00:00

Heritage Hot Spots What is it?Built on the banks of the Erne, the castle was home to the Maguire family of Gaelic chieftains. It later became an English garrison and then a barracks but now houses Fermanagh County Museum, with displays on the castle’s history, rural life and local crafts, and Inniskillings regimental museum, with its displays of memorabilia dating back to the 17th century.

Why visit?

The castle’s programme of events includes living-history re-enactments, medieval feasts, open-air theatre and children’s workshops. The castle also hosts the Maguire History Weekend and takes part in the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.

Why now?

Full Circle, an exhibition of art by the renowned William Scott (1913-1989), who spent his early years in Enniskillen, opens next week to commemorate the centenary of his birth. It runs until August 31st.

How do I get there?

The museums are on Wellington Road, a short walk from the town centre and bus station. There is free parking beside the castle. The museums are open 10am-5pm Tuesdays to Friday and 2pm-5pm Mondays; and 2pm-5pm on Saturdays from April to November and 2-5pm on Sundays in July and August. Admission is £4 for adults and £3 for children/senior citizens; 048-66325000, enniskillencastle.co.uk.

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