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We want everyone who visits the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding.

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Marble Arch Caves

Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre is accessible

Marble Arch Caves staff are committed to providing the best possible experience for all our customers.

The Visitor Centre car park provides 5 designated spaces for Blue Badge holders.

The Visitor Centre is wheelchair accessible, provides a lower level reception counter section, an accessible toilet and can provide a quiet space on request.  A lift is available to access the lower level of the building, including the Audio-Visual Theatre and Marble Arch Café.

Guide/assistance dogs are welcome in the building.

Accessibility on the cave tour is limited to the constraints provided by the natural environment.  The cave tour includes numerous steps downwards to the entrance of the cave, throughout the tour and 154 steps up to exit the cave.  These constraints mean that the showcave is neither wheelchair or pushchair accessible.  We aim to be as inclusive as possible and if wish to visit the caves but are unsure about the accessibility, please contact the Duty Officer on +44(0)2866348855.

 

Geopark Trails

The Shannon Pot, the source of the mighty Shannon River can be reached by a multi-access trail.

Within the Geopark we strive to offer accessibility to as many visitors as possible, but due to the rugged outdoor terrain at many Geopark sites, this isn’t always possible.  At Ely Lodge Forest and Shannon Pot, we are proud to boast fully accessible trails.  At Cavan Burren Park we offer a fully accessible unmanned Visitor Centre, including an accessible toilet plus a multi-access way marked trail. We are actively looking at developing additional Geoparks sites to enhance accessibility.

There are also a number of scenic driving routes within Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark including Lough Navar Scenic Drive which offers panoramic views of Lower Lough Erne and beyond.  Or why not explore the history, geology and beautiful views of Cuilcagh Mountain with this stunning looped driving route which takes you through the heart of the Geopark.

 

Geo VR at Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark

Launching August 2018 at Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark is the exciting GeoVR (Virtual Reality) programme.

This innovative educational tool will enable you to visit Geopark sites which presently have no public access as well as creating opportunities for people with additional needs to experience some of our favourite Geopark sites.

The GeoVR experience has been developed through the Drifting Apart project, funded through the Northern Peripheries and Artic Area Programme under the European Regional Development Fund.

 

Website accessibility

To help us make the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark website a positive place for everyone, we’ve been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone.

The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AA as the target for the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark website.