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Marble Arch Caves, Enniskillen
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The Marble Arch Caves are a series of natural limestone caves located near the village of Florencecourt in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The caves are named after the nearby Marble Arch, a natural limestone arch at the upstream end of Cladagh Glen under which the Cladagh River flows.The caves are formed from three rivers draining off the northern slopes of Cuilcagh mountain, which combine underground to form the Cladagh. On the surface, the river emerges from the largest karst resurgence in Ireland, and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. At 11.5km the Marble Arch Caves form the longest known cave system in Northern Ireland, and the karst is considered to be among the finest in the British Isles.History of exploration18th–19th centuryThe Marble Arch, Cladagh River resurgence and three large dolines on the plateau above the end of Cladagh Glen were all known well before underground exploration began; in fact the arch was a popular tourist attraction in the 19th century. As early as the 1730s, the Reverend William Henry described these features, as well as the sinks of the Owenbrean, Aghinrawn and Sruh Croppa rivers which he correctly surmised to be feeders of the system.
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  • We visited The Marble Arch Caves in September 2016 as well as two previous times. It is an interesting place to visit and has guided tours which are good value and well organised. The location in Flor...  more »
  • A place that has to be seen to appreciate its beauty. Not suitable for young children or anyone with walking problems due to steps. 
  • Fantastic trip through geological history. A must visit for anyone visiting Northern Ireland. The stalactites and stalagmites are incredible to behold but more than that there is the underground river...  more »
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  • Very good family excursion and suitable for all tourists. The tour goes deep underground with a boat ride on a subterranean crystal clear lake. There is a walled walk through another pool where you are level with the water. I have been to caves in the USA ,Canada and Spain but this is one of the best. The staff are very friendly and chat to the tourists. Florencecourt House is nearby and you get a full day out by visiting both. Enniskillen is also worth a visit and is very close.
  • We visited with our family when on holiday in July 2016. Its a beautiful place in stunning countryside with a superb visitors centre and cafe. There's a stunning forest area to explore before and after your cave visit. Our cave guide was excellent. There are lots of steep sets of stairs both in the cave and around the forest and these will prove awkward for young children and seniors. The Website advises advance booking for the timed tickets but this could be a risk as the venue is so hard to find due to the poor road signage in the area. We arrived an hour later than we hoped but hadn't reserved tickets, luckily. The venue needs much better signposting for visitors travelling through Enniskillen as we wouldn't have found it without sat nav. My only criticism of the cave experience itself is that it needs to be lit better. I often had the feeling that what we were looking at was much bigger than the lighting was able to reveal. Over all it was a great day out.
  • Superb experience. A little spooky and very chilly underground. Informative tour, with beautiful scenery. You won't be able to stop looking up, down and all around. Worth it.
  • Loved the caves. Online it said to make reservations but we showed up and got a spot within an hour. The tour was about 90 minutes and our guide was great. Afterwards, we took a nature walk to a cascading waterfall. Lots of pretty sights.
  • This was a great day out for me (69) to share with my grandson Shaun King (26). You need to be able to walk up and down steep stairs.Although you expect to have to use them when entering caves no warning was giving when purchasing tickets. A not so able older lady with a younger lady (I took to be her Daughter had to be escorted back to the surface ).