The Marble Arch Caves is a network of limestone grottoes through which underground rivers flow. The caves run for 7 miles (11 kilometers), making them the longest in Northern Ireland. Stroll along the concrete and metal walkways and admire the various natural exhibits illuminated with electric lighting.
Enter the visitor center to get an understanding of the series of caves and to organize your tour. Travel through the initial part of the cave for 10 minutes by boat on the subterranean Cladagh River. Speak with the accompanying docent for a comprehensive understanding of this fascinating natural system. The site also has an audiovisual presentation.
Among the highlights is the so-called Moses Walk, a path that runs between two river channels at shoulder height. Gaze at the moist interior walls that seem to glisten in the artificial light. Enjoy the dramatic views of the varied rock formations through this series of caves. Snap photos of the stalactites and stalagmites that hang from the ceiling and rise from the ground.
Browse the range of items displayed in the site’s souvenir shop. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant, which also serves cakes and scones.
Note that the caves take their name from a nearby limestone arch at the Cladagh Glen. The caves were first explored in 1895 by spelunker Edouard Alfred Martel and scientist Lyster Jameson. Work began on opening them to the public in the 1980s.
There is a fee for entrance into the caves, with discounts for kids. Children under 4 years old can enter for free. Call the complex to book in advance. The site opens daily from morning until late afternoon, with varied tour times. It closes throughout winter and during times of heavy rain.
Find the Marble Arch Caves near the border with the Republic of Ireland in southwestern Northern Ireland. The complex is a 30-minute drive southwest from the town of Enniskillen. Leave your car in the site’s parking lot. Visit some of the quaint villages in this rural region, such as Florencecourt, where you will find its namesake mansion.