The first Enniskillen castle was built on this site by Hugh Macguire in 1428. It featured greatly in Irish rebellions against English rule in the 16th century and was taken after an eight-day siege in 1594. Captain William Cole remodelled and refurbished the castle adding the riverside tower at the south, known as the Watergate, in 1609.

The castle was remodelled as “Castle Barracks” as part of the response to a threat of a French invasion in 1796. Castle Barracks became the home of the 27th Regiment of Foot in 1853. The barracks continued to be used by other regiments and, from November 1939, they became to home of the North Irish Horse, a Territorial Army unit.

The barracks were decommissioned in 1950 and were converted for use as council depot. The castle was subsequently opened to the public as a heritage centre.

The castle consists of two sections, a central tower keep and a curtain wall which was strengthened with small turrets called Bartizans. The design of the castle has strong Scottish influences. This can be particularly seen in the Watergate, which features two corbelled circular tourelles which were built about 1609.

The castle is now home to the Fermanagh County Museum, which focuses on the county's history, culture and natural history. Exhibits include the area's prehistory, natural history, traditional rural life, local crafts and Belleek Pottery, and history of the castle. It also contains information on the Maguire family. The castle also houses the Inniskillings Museum, which is the regimental museum of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.



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Samantha Beckwith (6 months ago)
Lovely place to visit for any age! The tickets were very reasonably priced too. There’s so much to read and so much interesting things to see, so much history to experience. Interactive exhibits with sound too which is great. Venue also very accessible for wheelchair users which I found very good. Cafe was nice & had oat milk so I enjoyed a latte after buying some lovely items in the gift shop at the end. Staff were lovely, friendly and informative. Would go back again as there’s so much history you cannot take it all in during your first trip!
Thomas Finlay (6 months ago)
Excellent. Very informative. Mark Scott is a very knowledgable guide. Would highly recommend a tour and learn about one of the great Regiments of its day.
Tasha Hoare (2 years ago)
Nice museum. Kids had a ball on their treasure hunt with a nice little surprise at the end.
Caroline Byrne (Carolinerua) (2 years ago)
Incredibly well displayed artifacts and models with art and antiques on show also. Great little wordsearch and hunt for the children to keep them busy too!
Ricci (2 years ago)
Great experience. Unfortunately the regimental musum was closed. The rest was very great.
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