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5. Castle Archdale Country Park

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Castle Archdale Country Park

Castle Archdale Country Park is situated about 10 miles north west of Enniskillen and extends to cover 230 acres along the shores of Lower Lough Erne. The region is abundant in historical features, with many monastic sites such as Devenish and White Island. Castle Archdale is based on the demesne of the Archdale Manor House, which was built in 1773, of which now only the courtyard buildings remain.

Boats are available for hire for those wishing to explore the nearby islands, some of which are National Nature Reserves. Pony trekking and bicycle hire are also available.

Features within the Park include a red deer enclosure, wildfowl ponds, nature trail, butterfly garden and wildflower meadow. To make the most of your visit, be sure not to miss the Archdale Centre, which is in the corner of the main courtyard. Here you can see various exhibitions which will help you to understand efforts made to conserve this beautiful part of Fermanagh.

Evidence of the Second World War can also be found throughout the park in flying-boat docks, ammunition dumps and slit trenches. This is because 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 an exhibition within the Centre entitled 'Castle Archdale at War.'
 
Campsite
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Drumhoney Riding Stables
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Address:
Castle Archdale Country Park
Irvinestown
County Fermanagh
BT94 1PP
Northern Ireland, UK

Castle Archdale Country Park Opening Times:
Country Park - every day from 9.00 am until dusk
Museum and Visitor Centre opens - from Easter on Sundays between 12.00 pm and 6.00 pm
May Bank Holiday from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm
1st July to 30th August from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm every day except Mondays

Castle Archdale Country Park Admission:
Free 

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