The turrets of the 17th century Watergate at Enniskillen Castle provide an iconic image of Enniskillen Town.
Nestled amid Fermanagh’s Lakelands on the banks of the picturesque River Erne you will find Enniskillen Castle. This fine castle, once the home of the Gaelic Maguire chieftains, represents an important part of Fermanagh’s rich history and heritage.
Enniskillen Castle presents an array of 19th century barracks buildings surrounding the Medieval Castle Keep; to the south with its distinctive turrets is the 17th century Watergate and to the east is the Heritage Centre built in 1992.
Throughout the 16th century the junior branch of the Maguires ruled Fermanagh from Enniskillen Castle, their stronghold being captured and retaken many times by the O’Donnells, O’Neills and the English.
The Heritage Centre exhibits the collections of the County Museum in award winning displays enhanced by audio visual programmes about Fermanagh’s history, wildlife and landscapes. There are also special exhibitions throughout the year.
On view at Enniskillen Castle are the Heritage Centre, the Castle Keep, Watergate and the Arcaded Barracks.
The Heritage Centre:
Award winning displays and special exhibition programme
Audio visual theatre with induction loop for the partially deaf
Gift and book shop; literature in several languages
Children’s activity corner
Adjacent carpark; access and toilet for wheelchair user
The Castle Keep: in origin a 15th century Maguire stronghold, later a military barracks, now housing:
The Museum of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers with displays spanning the history of the famous regiment from 1689 to 1968
Displays about the castle
The Watergate: a twin-turreted building added to the outer walls of the castle in the early 17th century.
The Arcaded Barracks: displays focusing on Fermanagh’s archaeological and historic monuments.