Marble Arch Caves

One of the finest show caves in Europe, Marble Arch Caves in County Fermanagh allow visitors to explore this fascinating underworld cave system, first explored by caving pioneer Edouard Martel.

Location

Wheathill, Co Fermanagh

History

One of the finest show caves in Europe, Marble Arch Caves in County Fermanagh allow visitors to explore this fascinating underworld cave system, first explored by caving pioneer Edouard Martel.

The limestone plateau to the west of Lough Erne in Fermanagh and the Cuilcagh Mountain Park on the borders of County Cavan is punctuated with caves. The Marble Arch Caves are the most extensive and were first explored in 1895 by French speleologist Martel, though they were not open to the public until 1985.

Tours around the caves last about 75 minutes and take you deep into a strange world of underwater rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers filled with stalactites and stalagmites of otherworldly beauty. The tour covers the history and formation of the caves as you travel the depths by boat along the underground rivers Cladagh and Owenbrean and on foot - so sensible footwear is necessary.

In the visitor centre there is an interesting exhibition and audio-visual display on the formation and early exploration of the caves and the history of caving. Caves may close in heavy rain and booking is advised during peak times, but the Marble Arch Caves are a real must for any budding spelunker.

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Admission

No Admission Fees

Information

Leaflets: Yes Guided Tours: Yes Audio Visual: Yes Exhibition: Yes

Opening Times

No opening times available

Visit Length

2hrs

Facilities

Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes

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