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Fermanagh Sparkles! Experience it Free on the Open Weekend!

A county of sparkles!

Fermanagh is a county of sparkling lakes, sunrises, and sparkling ideas.

Twitter has alerted me to her charms and now I want to alert you!

There are several events & attractions open for free in Fermanagh on 7-9 March 2014 during their Open Weekend:

Aughakillymaude Mummers Centre – 
Open to the public for FREE on Saturday 8th of March 10am – 3pm

Belleek Pottery – 
Open to the public for FREE guided tours on Friday March 7th 10.15am -12.15pm and 1.45pm – 3.00pm. The Centre will also be open on Saturday 8th from 10.00am – 5.30pm and Sunday 2pm – 5pm Admission free, but no guided tours available.

Drumskinny Stone Circle –
Explore Drumskinny Stone Circle with an experienced guide from Erne Heritage Tours to explain the history of the site. (Guide on site Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm)

Enniskillen Castle Museums – 
FREE Admission on Fri, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm

Headhunters Railway Museum – 
FREE Admission on Friday 9.00-5.30pm, Saturday 9.00-5.30pm & Sunday 10.00-5.00pm

Janus Figure, Boa Island
Experienced guide on site to explain the significance of this historic figure. (Saturday 10am – 4pm)

Lady of the Lake – 
Enjoy a FREE sailing on board the Lady of the Lake on Saturday 8th March at 11.30am and 1.30pm departing from Innishclare Jetty.

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark –
Guided tours of the Marble Arch Caves will be offered on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March at half hour intervals from 12:30p.m. until 4:00p.m. Booking is essential. Places are limited to 21 persons per tour and will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. Please be advised that the Caves may close for safety reasons following heavy rain. 20 minute information sessions about the wider Geopark will also be delivered throughout the afternoon of the 8th & 9th.

MV Kestrel –
Depart for a short tour of Enniskillen Island Town from the Lakeland Forum Jetty, each hour on the hour from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday 8th March.

National Trust Properties –
3 Fermanagh National Trust properties for free on the 8 and 9 March.

Castle Coole
Parkland open 10am – 7pm
House tours will run from 11am with the last tour at 4pm*
Shop and tearoom will be open 11am – 5pm
* House tours are booked at Visitor Reception and are subject to availability
Shop and tearoom will be open 11am – 5pm

Florence Court
Gardens and park open from 10am – 7pm
House tours will run from 11am with the last tour at 4pm*
Shop and tearoom will be open 11am – 5pm
* House tours are booked at Visitor Reception and are subject to availability

Crom Estate
Grounds open 10am – 5pm
Visitor Centre open 11am – 5pm (Exhibition, shop and tea room)

**Watch out for National Trust Membership Offers happening over the weekend**

Share Inishcruiser
Saturday 8th March Cruise 10.30am
Sunday 9th March Cruise 10.30am
Departing Share Discovery Village to Crom Estate rtn approx. 2hrs sailing
Booking essential +44 (0) 28 6772 2122 – spaces allocated on first come first served basis.

Walk and Talk Tour of Enniskillen
FREE tours of Enniskillen town on Sunday 9th March at 12 Noon and 2pm. Tours to start from Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre, Wellington Road, Enniskillen – no booking required.

Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre will be open over the weekend – Fri 9am-5.30pm, Saturday 10am-2pm & Sunday 10am-2pm

 Fermanagh open weekend 7-9 March 2014Additionally Fermanagh Lakelands has a visitor guide and maps & brochures you can download from their site. There are also apps. Check ’em out!

I’ve never been, but the Fermamnagh Open Weekend has opened my eyes. I’m planning a visit! Given how I love caves (Doolin Cave in the Burren anyone?) the Marble Arch caves are high on my list. If you’ve any tips & suggestions on what to see do eat & so on in Fermanagh let us all know in the comment section below.


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