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Castle Archdale Countryside Centre & War Museum

Irvinestown, Enniskillen

Description

The country park boasts beautiful woodland and lough shore walks. There is also an insect garden and wildflower meadow. Castle Archdale was the main flying boat base from which they flew during WWII and this is highlighted in an exhibition within the centre entitled ‘Castle Archdale at War’.

Castle Archdale at War Exhibition
An Extra 100 miles - explains the role played of Castle Archdale during the war and this display includes such items as old parts of aeroplanes, fuel tanks and old documents relating to the war. Lough Erne played an important role as the most westerly flying-boat station, from which aircraft protected the allied convoys from the U-Boat threat in the North Atlantic. Castle Archdale was the main base from which they flew and this is highlighted in this exhibition.

Farm Equipment Through the Ages Exhibition
The Museum’s collection of farm machinery and equipment presented by the farming community of Fermanagh includes e.g. ploughs, harrows, grubbers, threshing and winnowing machines - all the equipment needed for tillage in Fermanagh. Mowing machines, tedders, hay rakes, rick shifts and a ‘tumbling paddy’ – tell the story of haymaking long ago. These items are on display in the arches adjacent to the lower courtyard car park.

'Our Limestone Landscapes' Exhibition
An exhibition promoting the value of Our Limestone Landscapes. The exhibition was developed to promote the value of our visually stunning limestone landscapes. This rare habitat, formed over millennia, supports a unique mix of flora and fauna. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the threats to this habitat and the need for conservation of its biodiversity. Discover this visually stunning landscape and its unique biodiversity.

Not just a country park! Not only is Castle Archdale a Country Park but it also has a range of other facilities for the visitor including e.g. a marina, day boat hire, watersports, White Island Ferry Service, bike and fishing rod hire, tearoom and a caravan and camp site. New Play Park and Jumping Pillow now open - £1 per person.
(Please note some facilities are seasonal).

Contact details

346 Killadeas Road
Irvinestown
County Fermanagh
BT94 1PP
Tel: (028) 6634 4803
Email: nieainfo@daera-ni.gov.uk
Web: www.daera-ni.gov.uk/northern-ireland-environment-agency

Directions from Town:

Castle Archdale Country Park is situated on the main Enniskillen to Kesh road (B82). It is well signposted and can be found 1 mile on the Enniskillen side of Lisnarick village.

Maps / guides:

For more information please visit -
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Lisnarick,+Castle+Archdale+Country+Park,+Co.Fermanagh,+Irvinestown+BT94+1PP/@54.4777,-7.72826,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x485e4c73fc556699:0xbea1cd6f925371c8

Opening times:

Country Park: Open daily except Christmas Day
Visitor Centre & Museum: Open Sundays & Bank Holidays (12:00 – 16:00) except Christmas Day & New Year’s Eve. Can be opened by prior arrangement at other times. Please contact site directly to make arrangements.

Prices:

Free

Accommodation Facilities:
Parking Available

NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location