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Picturesque Scenery, Museums, Arts, Golf, Shopping, Fine Dining…Enniskillen Has It All!
Long regarded as one of the most attractive towns in Northern Ireland, Enniskillen is situated almost in the centre of County Fermanagh between Upper and Lower Lough Erne. The town’s name is derived from the Irish ‘Inis Ceithleann’ meaning island of Cathleen, referring to an Irish mythological character who was the wife of Balor of the Evil Eye.
There are literally hundreds of activities and things to do in Enniskillen from sightseeing, museums, arts, golf and hillwalking to shopping and dining out. There is certainly something to suit every taste, and all only a short distance from Willoughby Place.
For further tourist information, please visit http://www.fermanaghlakelands.com/
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Enniskillen Castle, situated beside the River Erne, was built almost 600 years ago by Gaelic Maguire’s. It was strategically important throughout its history. In the 17th century, it became an English garrison fort and later served as part of a military barracks. This historic site houses two museums, Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum. Please view http://www.enniskillencastle.co.uk/ for further information.
Devenish Island Monastic Site
Devenish Monastic Site was founded in the 6th century by Saint Molaise on one of Lough Erne’s many islands. During its history, it has been raided by Vikings (837AD), burned (1157AD) and flourished (Middle Ages) as a parish church site and St Mary’s Augustine Priory. The Northern Ireland Environment Agency runs a daily ferry service throughout July and August between Trory Point and Devenish Island. Commercial boat tours on Lower Lough Erne taking in Devenish operate from the Round O in Enniskillen (MV Kestrel), which is just 200m from Willoughby Place.
Cole’s Monument, at Forthill Park
Started in 1845, the monument took twelve years to complete. It was built in memory of Sir G Lowry Cole G.C.B. A series of 180 spiral steps lead to a viewing platform with magnificent views of Enniskillen and the surrounding area.
National Trust Properties
One of Ireland’s finest Neo-classical houses, allowing visitors to glimpse what life was like in the home of the Earls of Belmore. There are also a number of looped nature walks: Lake Walk 1 mile/1.6km, Beech Wood Walk 0.5 miles/0.8km, Gortgonnel Walk 2.5 miles/4km. Please see http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-coole/ for further information on the property.
A 19th century Victorian castle set in a 1900-acre estate, one of Northern Ireland’s most important conservation areas. Crom Castle was the setting for PG Wodehouse’s 1929 period comedy drama, Blandings commissioned by the BBC. Please see http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/crom/ for further information on the things to do and see at Crom.
A large 18th century house and estate, the former home of the Earls of Enniskillen, surrounded by a large area of parkland, garden and woodland, with breath taking views to Benaughlin and the Cuilcagh Mountains. Please see http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/florence-court/ for visitor information.
Activities and Outdoor Pursuits
The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
One of Europe’s finest show caves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers. The site is the only UNESCO Geopark in Northern Ireland. For more information, please click here http://www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com/
Cuilcagh Mountain Park
The trail to the summit of Cuilcagh crosses a number of distinct habitats, first limestone, then the extensive blanket bog and finally after a tumble of rocks the steep cliff to the summit.
MV Kestrel Waterbus
A 56-seater waterbus departing from the Round O Jetty, 200m from Willoughby Place. Tours last approximately 1 hour 45 minutes and include a visit to Devenish Island Monastic Site. Shop, bar and toilets on board.
Enniskillen Golf Club
A beautiful par 72 parkland golf course established in 1896, based in the Castle Coole Estate. http://www.enniskillengolfclub.com/
Castle Hume Golf Club
A stunning eighteen hole parkland course which hosted the Ulster PGA Championships for over ten years http://www.castlehume.com/
Sir Nick Faldo Championship Course
A spectacular par 72 golf course designed by six time Major winner Nick Faldo – his first golf course design in Ireland, nestled on a private 600-acre peninsula between Lower Lough Erne and Castle Hume Lough http://www.lougherneresort.com/golf/the_faldo_course/index.html
Arts and Entertainment
The Ardhowen Theatre
The Ardhowen offers a year-round programme of professional drama, classical music, opera, ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, blues, variety, comedy, country music, puppets, mime, children’s events, traditional Irish music and dance, ethnic arts and lectures. Their programmes also include a variety of community-based and amateur events such as plays, concerts, charity events and school performances http://www.ardhowentheatre.com/
The Buttermarket Craft and Design Courtyard comprises of seventeen art and craft units, a coffee shop and gift shop, housed in the restored early 19th century dairy market. Includes the Boston Quay Craft Shop, Frances Morris Studio and Gallery, Marjorie Leonard Art Gallery, Jo Tinney Studio, Ann McNulty Pottery, Angela Kelly Jewellery and textile artist Amanda May’s studio.
Established in 1857, Belleek Pottery is home to the world famous Belleek Fine Parian China, and is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest potteries. Original and unique pieces are made using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation. Visitors can partake in guided tours and take a walk around the on-site museum Belleek Potttery Website
Fermanagh’s No.1 mouth-watering Greek restaurant, famous for its traditional Greek dishes.
Café Merlot/ Restaurant No. 6
Café Merlot Wine Bar, serving traditional and modern cuisine in the centre of Enniskillen. Rated in the top 100 Restaurants of Ireland by Tom Doorley, Irish Times. Restaurant No .6 offers contemporary dining using the freshest local produce. Extensive award-winning wine list is also available.
Serving pizzas, seafood and great local produce with brio! Francos
Uno Restaurant and Cocktail Bar
A mix of modern European and traditional Irish food, always cooked with the best local produce available.
Jazzey’s Restaurant, Cocktail and Wine Bar
Jazzey’s is the first complete venue in Fermanagh. Offering fantastic food made from locally sourced ingredients, world-class cocktails and one of the finest premium Spirits selections in the county Jazzeys
Locally known as Blake’s of ‘The Hollow‘, it is one of the most famous pubs in Ireland and has proudly served visitors and locals alike for well over a century. It was last refurbished in 1887 by Richard Herbert and retains its Victorian layout and fine collection of fittings.
Ruby Palace Chinese Restaurant
Chinese, Thai & Malayan cuisine beautifully cooked by qualified professional chefs, presented in ambient surroundings and served by highly trained friendly staff ensures a good evening to be had by all.
Kamal Mahal Indian Restaurant
Kamal Mahal Indian Restaurant is renowned for its top class high quality cuisine prepared by the highly skilled and qualified Indian andi nepali chefs under expert guidance from kamal himself, served by friendly waiters who simply cant do enough for you to make your dining experience special every time.
The vibrant town centre of Enniskillen offers a unique shopping experience where chain stores sit comfortably beside small independent boutiques. Please view Fermanagh Lakelands Shopping Section for further details.