Cavan Leitrim Railway

Location:

Station Road, Dromod Co.Leitrim

Telephone:

+353 (0)71 963 8599

Website:

http://www.irish-railway.com

 

Details:

The Cavan & Leitrim Railway was one of the most fascinating and at one time busiest of Ireland's narrow-gauge railways.

The story of the railway is also one of this little known part of Ireland and its people. Locals were very devoted to the Cavan & Leitrim Railway. It was their devotion, which enabled the line to cope successfully with coal traffic.

Today this magnificently restored narrow gauge railway offers the visitor a chance to experience the age of steam transport. The railway brings you back through time to an era when our ancestors travelled through the unspoiled landscapes of Leitrim. An extensive collection of steam, diesel trains, rolling stock and vintage buses allow you to trace the history of the Irish narrow 

 

Costello Chapel

Location:

Bridge Street, Carrick-on-Shannon Co.Leitrim

Telephone:

+353 (0)71 962 0170

 

Details:

The Costello Memorial Chapel is the smallest chapel in Europe and the 2nd smallest chapel in the world.

It was built in the 19th century by Edward Costello, a rich merchant, as a memorial and burial vault for his wife, Josephine who died two years previously. 
 

It is sixteen feet long, 12 feet wide and 30 feet high. Each side of the aisle holds a coffin lined with lead and covered with slabs of thick reinforced glass. The remains of Josephine (1889) and of Edwards who died in 1891are both interred in this beautiful memorial.

 

Glencar Waterfall

Location:

Glencar Co.Leitrim

 

Details:

Glencar Waterfall is 50ft high and is situated in Glencar Lough, 11km west of Manorhamilton and served as an inspiration to William Butler Yeats and features in his poem 'The Stolen Child' 

'Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,'

 The waterfall is really impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. 

There are more waterfalls visible from the road although none are quite as romantic as this one. Picnic facilities and information kiosk are onsite

 

 

Glenview Museum

Location:

Aughoo Bridge, Ballinamore Co.Leitrim

Telephone:

+353 (0)71 964 4157

Website:

http://www.glenview-house.com

 

Details:

Glenview Folk Museum is a private collection of over 6000 antiques, historical and novel items ranging from pre famine Ireland. There is an impressive array of farmyard equipment. A collection of horse drawn agricultural machinery and a thrasher. A street scene has a number of reconstructed shops and a pun. These are stocked, filled and equipped, as they would have existed in the past. A large set of tradesmen's tools on display indicative of the skill and the ingenuity of past owners.
 

A varied collection of household items such as butter making equipment, lamps, furniture, utensils and papers are on display. This collection also includes coins, ledgers, registers, posters, newspapers and other memorabilia from the past. Guided tours given. All Groups catered for. Coach/Car parking, Restaurant/Bar on site

 

Parkes Castle

Location:

Lough Gill, Dromahair Co.Leitrim

Telephone:

+353 (0)71 916 4149

 

Details:

The splendour of Parkes Castle is immediately evident as you drive around the lake. Once an important stronghold of the local O'Rourke family, rulers of Breffni, Parkes Castle has been recently restored to its original seventeenth style. A guided tour of the castle is given every hour. There is also an individual slide show entitled "Stone by stone" in four languages. In the castle there is a traditional blacksmith forge of 17th century style as well as café and tea rooms with home-made fare

 

Opening Times:

April  to Sept  10am-6pm (Daily) Last admission 45 mins before closing

 

 

Arigna Mining Experience

Location:

Arigna Co.Roscommon

Telephone:

+353 (0)71 964 6466

Website:

http://www.arignaminingexperience.ie/

 

Details:

Ireland's First Coal Mining Museum - Ireland's First and Last Coal Mines. In the hill country of North Roscommon, Arigna is situated in a picturesque valley with breathtaking scenery and an unspoiled landscape. Mining was carried out in Arigna for 400 years until 1990 when the mines finally closed. The work of a miner was exhausting and often hazardous, with working conditions that were very harsh and cramped. Experience this for yourself at Arigna Mining Museum. Walk underground through what was the last working mine in Arigna and see how the coal was mined. Take a journey through a part of our national history which you have only ever been able to read about until now. School Tours and Group Bookings catered for.

 

Opening Times:

Open 7 Days a Week 10 - 5pm

 

 

Marble Arch Caves

Location:

Marlbank, Florencecourt, Enniskillen Co.Fermanagh

E-mail:

mac@fermanagh.gov.uk

 

Details:

The Marble Arch Caves European Geopark is host to one of Europe's finest showcaves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers.
 

Lively and informative guides conduct tours past a bewildering variety of cave formations – stalactites glisten above stream ways and chambers while fragile mineral veils and cascades of creamy calcite coat walls and spread as shimmering terraces across rock strewn floors.
 

Spectacular walkways allow easy access while powerful lighting reveals the stunning beauty and grandeur of the caves. Electrically powered boats glide through huge caverns carrying visitors along a subterranean river. 
 

Tours last for 75 minutes and are suitable for people of average fitness. Comfortable walking shoes and a warm sweater are recommended.

Contact Telephone Number: + 44 (0)28 663 48855

 

Opening Times:

Mid March - June: 10:00 to 16:30* July - August: 10:00 to 17:00* September: 10:00 to 16:30* *Starting time for last tour

 

Lough Key Forest & Activity Park

Location:

Lough Key Forest & Leisure Park, Boyle Co.Roscommon

Telephone:

+353 (0)71 967 3122

E-mail:

loughkey@roscommoncoco.ie

Website:

http://www.loughkey.ie

 

Details:

Lough Key has, for many centuries, drawn people to this area and its beautiful landscape is steeped in rich history.  This historic backdrop takes in a landmark cluster of unique attractions with a lakeside centre providing an ideal gateway for gentle leisurely activities or more energetic pursuits in the Park.  These include a Tree Canopy Walk, Boda Berg, Adventure Play Kingdom and forest and parkland trails.  Othere attractions in the park include Zipit, Electric Bike Trails and Woodland Segways. 

Opening Times:

10.00-18.00 - Monday-Thursday
10.00-21.00 - Friday, Saturday & Sunday for July & August

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