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Castlecomer Discovery Park

Castlecomer Discovery Park located in North County Kilkenny offers a wide range of activities for all the family including the interactive multimedia Footprints in Coal Experience, rainbow trout fishing and boating activities on picturesque lakes, woodland walks, childrens playground, year round nature trails and a calendar of seasonal events and activities.

New activities introduced in 2016 – Zipline and high rope course

Castlecomer Discovery Park is home to the longest over-water zipline in Ireland! It is 300 metres long and 35 metres over ground at its highest point. Visitors zip over our stunning woodland, two lakes and 17th century hand-restored bridge.
The exhilarating zipline is accompanied by the Octagon High Ropes Course. Set on an octagonal frame over two levels, this presents a series of challenges in the form of nets, ropes, wooden bridges etc. The Octagon is more challenging than the existing Tree-Top Adventure Walk Course.
It is particularly suited to groups and for team-building exercises. Contact us to make a large group booking (056-4440707).

Cost: Zipline only is €15 per person (1 turn) or €20 per person (2 turns). Advanced High Ropes Course only is €15 per person. Bundle of Zipline and Advanced High Ropes Course is €25 per person.

Please note: Restrictions apply. Zipline and Octagon High Ropes Course participants must be age 12+, minimum height 1.3m and maximum 120kg weight. You should arrive in Visitor Centre at least 30 minutes before allocated time to register. The start of the course is approx. 15 min. walk from the Visitor Centre.

A new range of exciting recreational activities were introduced to the park in May 2014, with pedal boats and Canadian canoes available for hire on one of our 2 lakes.

In addition we have the Tree Top Adventure Walk which takes place 10 metres up in the beautiful tree tops of the Discovery Park and is 140 metres long, a Climbing Wall and Leap of Faith, providing fun and physical activity for all from ages 7 years and upwards.

All participants will receive full safety instructions, along with helmets and harnesses. For further details please see web site (link below)

The focus of the park is the interactive multimedia Footprints in Coal Experience, located in the visitors centre.

Very popular with children and adults alike, it uses video clips, fossils, models and mining artefacts to tell the story of coal formation in the prehistoric swamp forests of 300 million years ago and over 300 years of coal-mining history.

The visitor centre is also home to our gift shop and award winning Jarrow Cafe. Places are limited and pre-booking is essential, so if you wish to make a booking or need further information, please contact us at the address below.

Our rainbow trout fishing lake is open year round and rod hire is available from reception.


Castlecomer Discovery Park Admission Prices


Boating activities; €15 per boat for 30mins

Canoes sits 3 people

Pedal boats sit up to 5 people

We also run family activities throughout the year including Easter Egg Hunts, Easter and Halloween family nature trails which change with the seasons and are available all year round.

We also host a magical Christmas experience, where Santa comes to visit our Bell House, and the Woodland Train takes you on a journey around the woods to see all the wonderful spectacles.

Quality craftwork is also available from the studios and workshops of the Castlecomer Estate Yard.

Only 85 mins from Red Cow roundabout off the motorway.  Dublin visitors can ‘leave after breakfast and be back by tea-time’ after a most enjoyable day in the countryside!

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Spent a most enjoyable day. We did all activities ie leap of faith climbing wall and tree top walk. I would highly recommend it for a fun day out. The instructors were all excellent, very helpful and encouraging and lovely coffee in restaurant afterwards. Great fun was had by all.”
Posted by Josie Leahy