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Enniskillen Castle, Enniskillen

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4.2/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
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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  • The museum and staff at The Castle are friendly and informative. They make the history come alive and preserve the integrity of The Enniskillen Regiment. 
  • Visited beginning of October and being just out of season, it was great to walk around without fighting through crowds. We enjoyed the Inniskillings museum though the castle was a little disappointing...  read more »
  • Fantastic live music, cookery demonstrations, lots of lovely stalls selling local crafts and food and drink as well as many free samples. Nice wee day out will look forward to it next year! 
  • It is a nice place to go where you can see some historical items and view part of lower lough erne
  • Brilliant day out for everyone, especially if you want to learn a little bit of history.
  • A lovely palace to view.
  • A really great day out for anyone interested in local history. An impressive array of information and displays, highly recommended, particularly for those with families or those interested in military history.
  • Small outside but big inside. Highly recommended:)
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