Recognised by UNESCO as having exceptional geological heritage, the Marble Arch Caves European Geopark in Counties Fermanagh and Cavan is an ideal place to visit with your family.
Impressive Show Cave
The geopark itself would take a week to explore but starting with the Marble Arch caves will give you a satisfying taster of what this excellent attraction can offer its visitors. These are one of the most impressive show cave complexes in Europe. The 75 minute guided tour unveils a fascinating underground world of rivers, waterfalls, passages, soaring chambers, stalactites and mineral deposits.
Powerful visual effects light up the awesome rock formations and spectacular walkways enhance the magnificence of the caves. These walkways glide through huge caverns, and along underground rivers in electric boats. Beware that the tour can become a little chilly and wet underfoot so appropriate clothing is advisable.
The cave attraction has excellent parking facilities, a souvenir shop brimming with gifts galore, a restaurant, exhibition area and audio-visual theatre plus much more! The caves have seasonal opening hours and stay open slightly later in the summer months – best to check the website (see further information below) for times on the day you visit.
As well as checking opening times, use the website (see further information below) to take a virtual tour of the Caves. Doing this in advance means you can be prepared and prepare your family for what lies in store when you arrive. The Map in this section of the website gives an excellent overview of the cave structure with all its twists and turns.
Marble Arch Caves plus lunch will take up about half a day but there are plenty of other things to see and do before or after your visit. Explore Cuilcagh Mountain Park, Lough Navar, Burren Forest, Shannon Pot and Lough Oughter to make the most of your day out in Northern Ireland.
Highlight of the Day
Taking the boat journey through the cave.
Nearest train station : Boyle
Car parking : Yes plentiful
Website : www.marblearchcaves.net