Belturbet was built by the Earl of Lanesborough in the 17th century. It was an important trading centre, and it also had a garrison. Much of the original fortifications are in good repair.
The town retains much of its original layout, with the main street leading to the square or diamond with all of the town’s important buildings.
Belturbet Railway Station built in 1885 has been renovated as a Railway Visitor Centre which tells the history of the Belturbet Railway and houses an interesting collection of railway memorabilia. An excellent example of a 12th century Anglo Norman Mote and Bailey can be viewed on Turbet Island near the present-day bridge in Belturbet
Belturbet is an ideal base for exploring the river Erne and the Shannon-Erne Canal. Cruisers can be hired in Belturbet and the town’s marina facilitates cruisers of all sizes.
The river and numerous surrounding lakes make Belturbet a very popular destination for anglers. Visitors to the town will enjoy the beautiful riverside walks. Golfers can try the charming Belturbet 9 hole golf course situated on the outskirts of the town
Cavan’s Festival of the Erne is a very popular annual event taking place from at the end of July/early August. With the famed Lady of the Erne pageant, live music, talent competition, marching bands, fireworks and the most popular fancy dress party in the county, the festival is not to be missed!