Set in a stunning 80 acre woodland, Castlecomer Discovery Park boasts an exciting range of recreational and educational activities.
This ‘young’ park opened in 2007 and comprises scenic walking trails, lakes, boating, high-ropes and low-ropes adventure activities, a fascinating multi-media coal mining museum, orienteering trails, schools education programme, design craft workshops, Elf & Fairy village and an award winning café.
The longest twin ziplines in the Republic of Ireland are due to open in time for the 2016 summer season.
There’s a whole day of fantastic activities to be experienced for visitors of all ages so come see for yourself!
Entry to the park is free with a nominal charge of €2 for all day car parking.
Egg-citing Easter Events at Castlecomer Discovery Park
Castlecomer Discovery Park has all you want and more when it comes to having fun this Easter!
New for 2017 is the Wild Things Discovery Camp – a four-day woodland activity camp for boys and girls aged 8-12 years. The camp will be jam-packed with exciting activities such as den building, rope skills, fire-making, craft with nature, pond dipping, bug hunts and much more! The camp runs 10th-13th April from 10am-2pm. Online booking in advance is required. €90 per child with a second sibling rate of €80. Daily rates not available.
Our Easter Family Trail is back this year with one of Aesop’s Fables ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ as its theme. Families can enjoy a beautiful woodland walk while trying to find the trail clues hidden on handcrafted white bunny rabbits. Return to the Visitor Centre to collect your Easter treats. Available daily 10am-4pm from 8th-23rd April. €10 per family (max. 4 children).
No need to pre-book but you can purchase online in advance if desired.
Of course, Ireland’s longest over-water zipline will be open along with the Octagon High Ropes Course, Tree-Top Adventure Walk, Junior Woodland Adventure Course and Boating. Activities will open daily (weather-permitting) 8th-23rd April from 12pm-3pm.
Online pre-booking required.
Pedal or Paddle around…
Visitors to Castlecomer Discovery Park can enjoy leisurely boating activities on the larger of our two picturesque lakes, in our stunning natural woodland setting. The lakes are surrounded by a variety of magnificent trees, and you can admire the backdrop of the beautiful recently restored 17th century stone bridge.
Our introduction of boating activities gives you the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of our 80 acre woodland. So whether you’re after a fast-paced or leisurely cruise around the lake you can still fit in some exercise while having fun on our Pedal boats and Canadian canoes!
Tree Top Walk
Discover your inner climber by completing the Tree Top Adventure Walk.
Launched in Summer 2012 this has proven to be one of our most popular attractions. Walking high above the Sycamore tree tops, 10 metres above the ground, this 140 metre long course gives a birds-eye view of the park to those brave enough to venture up!
Perfect for a family adventure, team building, or corporate groups we encourage you to take the path in the sky!
Cost: €12.50 per person with a 10% discount for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children) doing the Tree-Top Walk only. Bundle deals also available in conjunction with Climbing Wall & Leap-of-Faith activities (All 3 = €20 per person discounted bundle deal).
Note: Minimum height and age restrictions apply. Age 7+ (1.2m height).
With over 80 acres of woodland and lakeside to explore Castlecomer Discovery Park is the perfect place to experience nature, get fit and enjoy the great outdoors. Why not take a hike? Have a picnic or take a path you never took before?
There is something for everyone here! Leisurely walk, orienteering challenge, nature trail and much more!
Younger visitors can have great fun in the charming Timber Tumbles playground which includes a mini zip-wire! Or why not explore the woodand further and visit our magical Woodland Play Area which is home to the Elf & Fairy Village, Bluebell Playhouse and Junior Woodland Adventure Course (Arboretum Loop, Green Trail)!
We’ve put together several trails for you to enjoy, we have a complimentary map detailing all the trails and key attractions (available free at our reception desk).
The grounds of Castlecomer Discovery Park are centred on two rainbow trout fishing lakes.
Originally constructed by the Prior Wandesforde family, the two man-made lakes formed a centre piece for the demesne. The lakes are now fully re-instated with angling stands to allow full access to the water and a series of cascades link the lakes and channel the water back into the River Deen.
The lower lake is reserved for fly or bait fishing.
The lake is stocked with rainbow trout which are approximately 1kg in weight. All fish feed naturally after being introduced to the waters. They are never artificially fed, but grow well from the abundance of natural feed from the insect and fly life in the environs.
There is a fee of €15 for four hours angling. In general we strongly support a catch and release policy. On a 4 hour permit an angler can keep TWO fish up to 3lbs in weight. All adult fish are on a catch and release basis only. Once the bag limit has been taken the angler can continue to fish on a catch and release basis for the remainder of the time allocated.
Bait can be purchased on site and rod hire is also available at a charge of €5 per rod with a €15 refundable deposit.
At Castlecomer Discovery Park we believe we have a great story to tell, we’re enthusiastic about sharing our world with you. Our education programmes are fresh, innovative, exciting and strive to make learning fun for all.
We offer a wide range of student-centred educational activitiesfor both Primary and Secondary schools as school tours, class visits and fieldtrips. Curriculum-based learning takes place in our extensive 80 acre woodland, by the lakes and river and also indoors in our dedicated education rooms.
We aim to deliver an enjoyable and memorable educational experience beyond the classroom boundaries in a safe, fun, inclusive and picturesque environment
Our Education Programme is available throughout the school year (except December). You can combine education and recreation activities to create an action-packed, memorable school visit to Castlecomer Discovery Park
- Tree Top Adventure Walk (€12.50pp or €11pp with 20+ students)
- Climbing Wall & ‘Leap of Faith’ (€10pp or €9pp with 20+ students)
- Above 3 high-ropes activities (€20pp or €18pp with 20+ students)
- Team Agility Challenge (€5pp, minimum 20 students)
- Junior Woodland Adventure Course (€5pp)
- Orienteering Trails (€3pp)
- Boating (€5pp)
- Fishing (€5pp, shared rod)