Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark can trace its history back to 1985 when the Marble Arch Caves were opened as a tourist attraction by Fermanagh District Council.
Originally employing only a handful of staff the Marble Arch Caves enjoyed a great deal of success and quickly expanded its facilities to accommodate ever growing numbers of visitors.
In 1998 the adjacent Cuilcagh Mountain Park was opened on the northern slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain, fulfilling a vital conservation responsibility for the endangered blanket bog, but also providing a welcome recreational resource, with safe access to the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain.
While all of this was going on, the European Geoparks Network was beginning to take shape with a small number of parks in Europe coming together to promote their shared geological heritage. The Geopark concept was created in 2000 to promote geological landscapes of international importance and to use that as a tool to benefit local economies through sustainable tourism, something which the Marble Arch Caves had been doing since 1985. The first European Geoparks were created in 2001; at this time the Marble Arch Caves and Cuilcagh Mountain Park were jointly recognised as the first European Geopark in the United Kingdom. In 2004, when the Global Geoparks Network was founded, every European Geopark automatically became part of this world-wide network; at that point the Marble Arch Caves and Cuilcagh Mountain Park formally became known as the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark has undergone major changes since it was created, including two major expansions. Formerly one of the smaller Geoparks within the Global Geopark Network, a significant expansion into west Fermanagh and a subsequent expansion across the border with the Republic of Ireland into West Cavan, has meant that the Geopark is now thirty times its original size.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.
Children (under 18) £5.75 Children Under 5 years old are admitted free of charge but must be allocated a ticket at the reception desk.
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £20.
Students & Senior Citizens, £5.95 (Valid Student ID cards are acceptable to avail of student rate)
Opening times:The caves are open daily from 10:00. Pre-booking is strongly recommended particularly on Bank Holidays and during the peak summer months. It is normally best to book by telephone so that we can offer you alternatives if the date or time you wanted is already booked.
The caves may close for safety reasons following very heavy rain so we suggest that you telephone us before setting out in bad weather.
Location / Directions
From Enniskillen follow A4 Sligo Road, join A32 after 3 miles, follow signposts. 12 miles outside Enniskillen.
Forthcoming Events at this Venue
- Tea-room/Cafe onsite
- Gift Shop
- Open Sundays
- Guided Tours Available
- Accept Groups/Coach Parties
- Open Mondays
- Picnic Area
- Euro Accepted
- Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
- Parking Available
- Baby Changing facilities
- Family Discount
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