Enniskillen Castle

Part of the fabric of Co Fermanagh's history and heritage

Enniskillen castle is set in Co Fermanagh’s lakeland on the banks of the picturesque River Erne. Once the home of the Gaelic Maguire chieftains, the castle represents an important part of Fermanagh’s rich history and heritage. Throughout the sixteenth century the junior branch of the Maguires ruled Fermanagh from Enniskillen castle, as their stronghold was captured and retaken many times by the O’Donnells, O’Neills and the English.

An array of nineteenth century barrack buildings surround the medieval castle. The Inniskillings Museum is housed in the castle keep and the displays span the history of the castle and the development of Enniskillen town. A seventeenth century watergate with distinctive turrets is located to the south of the castle, and to the east is the heritage centre, built in 1992. The heritage centre exhibits the collections of the county museum in award winning displays enhanced by audio visual programmes about Fermanagh’s history, wildlife and landscapes. There are also special exhibitions throughout the year.

For further information contact the curator Helen Lanigan Wood on +44 (0) 28 6632 5000 or email castle@fermanagh.gov.uk

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