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Experience The Marble Arch Caves: The Longest Known Cave System In Northern Ireland

Experience The Marble Arch Caves: The Longest Known Cave System In Northern Ireland

The Marble Arch Caves in County Fermanagh are well worth a visit.

These are a series of natural limestone caves found near the village of Florencecourt.

A visit here is one of the best things to do in Northern Ireland. In the guide below, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about visiting!

Some quick need-to-knows about the Marble Arch Caves

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Photo via Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

Although a visit to the Marble Arch Caves is fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable.

1. Location

The Marble Arch Caves are located a 25-minute drive from Enniskillen in Fermanagh.

2. Opening hours

The caves are open from 10:00am – 5:00pm.

3. Prices

  • Adult £15.00
  • Child (5 – 18 years) £7.50
  • Family (2 Adults +2 children) £37.50
  • Family (2 Adults + 3 children) £45.00
  • Student Concession (18+) £12.00
  • Senior Concession (65+) £12.00

How the Marble Arch Caves were discovered

It wasn’t until 1895 when two explorers disturbed the silence of the caves and the first beam of light pierced the darkness.

The two adventurers were French cave explorer Edouard Alfred Martel and a Dublin born scientist named Lyster Jameson.

The two explorers ventured into the cave on Martel’s canvas canoe, the way illuminated by candlelight.

Fast forward 100+ years and the Marble Arch Caves now boast European Geopark status, Global Geopark status and a UNESCO endorsement.

Marble Arch Caves Tickets and Tour

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The tour takes visitors on a short walk down through the Marble Arch National Nature Reserve, before taking a short 10-minute underground boat journey and then a 1.5km walk through the showcave.

Expect stalactites, spectacular walkways, huge caverns, a subterranean river and lots more.

The tours, which are conducted by lively and informative guides, take visitors colossal variety of cave formations.

Here’s how the folks at Marble Arch Caves describe it:

‘Stalactites glisten above steamways and chambers, while fragile mineral veils and cascades of creamy calcite coat walls and create shimmering terraces.  Spectacular walkways allow easy access while powerful lighting reveals the stunning beauty and grandeur of the caves.  Electrically powered boats glide through the huge caverns carrying visitors along a subterranean river.’

The tour goes on for 75 minutes and is suitable for people of any age and of average fitness.

Related Read: Check out our guide to the best things to do in Fermanagh

The Marble Arch Caves Game of Thrones link

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A couple of months ago I recieved 10 emails in a day asking about caves in Fermanagh that were being used as a location for a Game of Thrones prequel.

One of the emails was from a Canadian journalist looking for info on the caves.

After chatting to him, I asked him to fire on a link to the piece they were writing.

It turns out that you’ll be seeing the Marble Arch Caves added to the above map of Game of Thrones Filming locations in Northern Ireland very soon.

Filming for the GOT prequel took place in the summer of 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

We published this guide a while back.

Since then, we’ve had a tonne of emails about the caves.

I’ve put the most frequently asked questions into the section below.

What’s the best way to get from Belfast to marble arch caves

Belfast is a 2-hour drive from the Marble Arch Caves. The easiest way to find the caves is by using Google Maps. You can take the M1 from the city as far as the Woodlough Road. You’ll then need to use the A4 road, which will take you to Maguiresbridge. From here, you’re 30 minutes away. 

Have you visited the Marble Arch Caves? Were they worth checking out? Let me know in the comments below!

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