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Enniskillen Castle, Enniskillen

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Enniskillen Castle is situated in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It was originally built in the 16th century and now houses the Fermanagh County Museum and the regimental museum of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.HistoryThe first castle was built on this site by Hugh Maguire in the 16th century. It featured greatly in Irish rebellions against English rule in the 16th century and was taken after an eight day siege in 1594. In 1607 it was remodelled and refurbished by Captain William Cole. The riverside tower at the south, known as the Watergate, was added at this time. In the 18th century the castle was remodelled as the Castle Barracks.FeaturesThe Castle provided the main defence for the west end of the town and guarded the Sligo road. It consists of two sections, a central tower keep and a curtain wall which was strengthened with small turrets called Bartizans. The design of the castle has strong Scottish influences. This can be particularly seen in the Watergate, which features two corbelled circular tourelles which were probably built about 1609. Since then it has been substantially rebuilt. It is a State Care Historic Monument.Fermanagh County MuseumThe castle is now home to the Fermanagh County Museum, which focuses on the county's history, culture and natural history. Exhibits include the area's prehistory, natural history, traditional rural life, local crafts and Belleek Pottery, and history of the castle.
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  • Easy parking nearby--this museum has been recently revamped and expanded. Best take a conducted tour of the highlights--the guide was very knowledgeable  more »
  • to stand were late father stood .Enniskillen castle ,a lot of new things to see,The Military Museum and the new added on`s  more »
  • We had been to the Castle before but they have opened a new visitor centre in keeping with the Castle. Staff were very helpful with regard to information about exhibitions etc. The Military Museum was...  more »
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  • Attractive New visitor/Tourist info centre,self guided tour..go at your own pace!
  • Very interesting local history with the only townie the UK that had 2 serving army regiments castle had so much local history from the 16th century right up until the late 20th century well worth a visit
  • Was there last week very nice to it looked do.e up to witch was nice to staff are friendly to
  • Brilliant day out for everyone, especially if you want to learn a little bit of history.
  • It is a nice place to go where you can see some historical items and view part of lower lough erne