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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  • It's a massive cave. It's quite an incredible in terms of size. A lot of stairs to get the cave but worth it. Good value for money not the expensive. It's a shame that they close off the boats when it rains a lot which is a lot of the time in Northern Ireland but I understand. We were really looking forward to the boats
  • Went on the wettest day of the year so far so only seen a wee bit. What we did see was interesting. Can't wait to go back so do the whole tour! Very interesting
  • Amazing seeing inside the natural caves that have existed for millions of years. Unfortunately the boat trip was not in due to heavy rain. It was very busy so best to book ahead. Lots of steps (150 I think it was) so not suitable for all / for prams etc, and it's quite cold so take a coat regardless of how warm it is outside.
  • Well worth a visit to see these beautiful caves and the beauty it holds. Enter throught the visitor centre with lovely staff, coffee shop, public toilets and souvenirs. Walking tour about one hour long. The day I visited the boat tour was not on due to heavy rains on the pervious days and some of the caves were flooded. Open all week but closing after Halloween til next spring. Will be back again.
  • We had an interesting guide telling us about the caves and the people who had first explored them. It was interesting to think that we were following in the footsteps of people years ago who mapped the caves with little more than candles and magnesium flares. The tour starts with a short boat ride on an underground river and then continues on foot. The cave network is quite large and the guide points out lots of interesting rock formations and how they were formed. Be warned though there are a hundred and fifty steps to climb on the way out! The visitor center has a cafe and lots of info on the history of the caves and how they were formed.
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