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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  • August 16, 2017
    Not very interesting. We had very bad weather so we were looking for something to do inside. Maybe it's better when you have good weather.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Done the tour of the castle and some parts impressed me and others didn't. I did not enjoy the museum to do with the Inniskillings as in my opinion all that was doing was the glorification of the mili...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Our principal aim was to visit the joint museums of the Inniskilling Dragoons and Inniskilling Fusiliers and we certainly weren't disappointed in their display. Whether you're interested in the milita...  more »
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  • Nice location, really well done up. Very friendly staff. Free parking!! :) nice when coming from the city. Not a big museum-but still plenty to see. Well worth a stop if in the area.
  • It has been sometime since I was in here ,it is fantastic,there is a whole new section,for anyone interested in military history.
  • Good wee museum. Quite militaristic but it's only small so it's not too bad
  • Fantastic cafĂ©, very friendly staff willing to help you.
  • Really enjoyed the history in this museum. Very knowledgeable tour guides. Would recommend

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