Pottery Around Fermanagh’s Historic Houses & Castles

From our base in Enniskillen, Ireland’s only island town, we explore Ireland’s oldest pottery producer, Belleek Pottery, and the fascinating museums at Enniskillen Castle. We also go behind the scenes of two magnificent 18th century mansions, Castle Coole and Florence Court, and step back in time at the brilliant Ulster American Folk Park.

 

Watch this video of a look at Enniskillen Castle
PACKAGED ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Belleek Pottery & Enniskillen Castle
This morning we make our way to Belleek Pottery, where we enjoy a 30 minute
guided tour of Ireland’s oldest pottery producer, experiencing all the production areas
with the chance to chat with the craftspeople along the way. We then enjoy some free
time for lunch and a stroll around Enniskillen before embarking on a guided tour of
Enniskillen Castle. Located beside the River Erne, the castle was built over 600 years
ago and is home to two museums, the Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings
Museum, which tell the story of the town’s two regiments, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.

Day 3 Castle Coole & Florence Court
We spend our morning at National Trust’s Castle Coole, a magnificent 18th century
mansion and landscape park in Enniskillen. One of Ireland’s finest Neo-classical houses,
we get an insight into life in the home of the Earls of Belmore, discovering the stories of
those who lived and worked ‘below stairs’ as we explore the suite of servants’ rooms and
service quarters of this grand property. We can also enjoy a stroll around the beautiful
grounds before visiting the nearby National Trust Florence Court, another stunning 18th century home. We enjoy a guided tour of the Georgian mansion, hearing stories about the Cole family and their staff who lived here for over 250 years along the way. Outside, there’s plenty of lush scenic park and woodland to explore complete with fascinating industrial heritage features – don’t miss the original Irish Yew Tree!

Day 4 Ulster American Folk Park
We spend today at the fascinating Ulster American Folk Park. We step back in time to
follow in the footsteps of thousands of brave migrants who set sail for the New World
in the 18th and 19th centuries. We first experience rural Ulster’s bustling street and
welcoming farmhouses, before boarding the full-scale Brig Union emigrant ship and
discovering the cramped quarters where hundreds lived during their 12-week Atlantic
crossing. We emerge in the New World, where we get a taste of life on the American
frontier. Demonstrations of traditional crafts – such as forge work, wool spinning, turf
cutting, decorative straw work, American woodcraft and patchwork quilting – give us a
fascinating insight into the ingenious solutions these resourceful newcomers created on
the frontier.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.
Legend

Killyhevlin Hotel

Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
AAAA Collection Hotel New to Albatross Stunning Views
Located just 1km from the historic town of Enniskillen, surrounded by lakeside gardens and with wonderful views over the scenic Lough Erne, the family-run, 4 star Killyhevlin Hotel is a fabulous base from which to explore the Fermanagh region. The 71 rooms feature elegant décor and are equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The stylish Kove Restaurant comes with contemporary décor and lovely Lough Erne views, whilst the welcoming, informal ambience at Lakeside Grill & Bar is perfect for relaxing with good food, drink and views. Guests enjoy complimentary use of the Killyhevlin Health Club, complete with indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub and gym. There is also a spa.

Killyhevlin Hotel

Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
4 Nights Half Board

Twin from £379pp
Single Supplement from £94

Inclusions
• Return ferry crossing Cairnryan - Belfast
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Guided tour of Belleek Pottery
• Guided tour of Enniskillen Castle
• Entrance to Castle Coole
• Guided tour of Florence Court
• Entrance to Ulster American Folk Park
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