Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Florencecourt

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The Marble Arch Caves are a series of natural limestone caves located near the village of Florencecourt in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The caves are named after the nearby Marble Arch, a natural limestone arch at the upstream end of Cladagh Glen under which the Cladagh River flows.The caves are formed from three rivers draining off the northern slopes of Cuilcagh mountain, which combine underground to form the Cladagh. On the surface, the river emerges from the largest karst resurgence in Ireland, and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. At 11.5km the Marble Arch Caves form the longest known cave system in Northern Ireland, and the karst is considered to be among the finest in the British Isles.History18th–19th century: The Junction, Grand Gallery and Pool ChamberThe Marble Arch, Cladagh River resurgence and three large dolines on the plateau above the end of Cladagh Glen were all known well before underground exploration began; in fact the arch was a popular tourist attraction in the 19th century. As early as the 1730s, the Reverend William Henry described these features, as well as the sinks of the Owenbrean, Aghinrawn and Sruh Croppa rivers which he correctly surmised to be feeders of the system.
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  • We visited here with our 2 children. We had a great time....our guide Lauren was excellent and very patient with kiddies questions.  more »
  • Really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide was Cormac who was very witty throughout the tour. Great information about the cave. Unfortunately the boat wasn’t working but the walking tour was great, last...  more »
  • Brilliant tour. Boat wasn't running but the tour is great on foot. Really interesting and cool to see. Our tour guide Eamon was knowledgeable and had a lovely relaxed manner.  more »
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  • A great place to visit with family or friends! I would recommend booking online in advance as the waiting hours might be long depending on the weather.There is a fair amount of walking involved, especially climbing stairs! The cave is pretty cool (both figuratively and literally!), so make sure you have a something to keep yourself warm! Also make sure to explore the surroundings near the cave, there are beautiful walks and also a small waterfall!
  • Interesting place to visit, lots of steps so not suited to the mobility challenged. Cafe with selection of meals as well as usual fare. Interesting feature of tour is short boat ride. Nice countryside and well worth a visit especially if you have never visited such a place before.
  • Well worth the journey. Interesting tour guides, the caves are magnificent and beautifully lit. You might be lucky and have a short boat trip which is a wonderful experience. You spend about an hour in the cave, it is cool and damp...climbing the steps and out to the sweet smell of fresh air and vegetation. A very special experience.
  • Interesting tour round the caves, certainly didn't feel like it was 90 minutes long. Take warm clothes, a waterproof coat, and a hat if you don't like big drips of water landing on your head. Some lovely viewpoints near here too once you are back above ground.
  • Great spot, your shown the caves by a tour guide which takes about an hour so it's better to go early to be in a smaller group. There is a under ground boat ride but unfortunately on our day due to heavy rain the water level was too high to go on it. After the caves there are plenty if nearby walks with a few waterfalls . The cave centre has a lovely gift shop and little cafe
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