Castlecomer Discovery Park Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny Kilkenny Castles/Gardens Kilkenny Heritage/Visitor Centre

Castlecomer Discovery Park

Have you gone done Ireland’s longest zip wire yet?

Castlecomer Discovery Park is an 80-acre activity park featuring a wide range of exhilarating activities for all ages, from the fun and challenging tree-top walk high amongst the sycamore trees to Ireland’s longest zip wire!

Set on 80 acres of mixed woodland in the former gardens and stable yards of the Wandesforde Estate, it is located in the south-east of Ireland 20 km north of the city of Kilkenny and 24 km from Carlow town, and only 90 minutes from Dublin on the Motorway.

There are many attractions for all the family to enjoy. They have online booking, so make sure you to go to www.discoverypark.ie to book online today!

  • Ireland’s longest Zip line (suitable 12 upwards)
  • Octagon High Ropes Course (suitable 12 upwards)
  • Tree Top Walk (suitable 7 upwards)
  • Climbing Wall (suitable 7 upwards)
  • Archery (suitable 8 upwards)
  • Boating (suitable 4 upwards)
  • Junior Low Ropes Adventure Course (suitable 3 - 7)
  • Elf Village (Free)
  • Canopy Café at the Elf Village (seasonal opening)
  • Team Building (groups 20 +)
  • 3 permanent orienteering trails
  • The Coal Mining Exhibition
  • 80 acres woodland
  • 6kms walking trails
  • Animal sanctuary
  • Adventure Playground
  • Picnic Areas
  • Jarrow Café
  • Craft Yard

Have you taken the Castlecomer Challenge?

Have you taken a ride down Ireland’s longest zip wire? This year why not put that on your “fun things to do list”

Castlecomer Discovery Park is home to the longest 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 them 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

Tree Top Walk

Try completing the Tree Top Adventure Walk. This activity is one of the most popular attractions kids and families. Walk high above the tree tops, ten metres above the ground, this 140 metre long course gives a birds eye view of the park to those brave enough to take the walk. It is perfect for a family adventure, team building, or school trip.

  • €12.50 per person
  • Minimum height and age restrictions apply. Age 7+

Climbing Wall

The outdoor climbing wall has various levels of difficulty for all to enjoy.

  • €6 per person (combination packages available)

Minimum age, height and weight restrictions must apply: You must be 7+ years, 1.2 metres in height; maximum weight 120kg/19 stone

Boating Activities For All The Family

Visitors to Castlecomer Discovery Park can enjoy their boating activities on the larger of the 2 picturesque lakes, in 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.

The introduction of boating activities gives you the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Discovery Park woodland.

So whether you’re after a faced paced or leisurely cruise around the lake you can still fit in some exercise while having fun on the pedal boats and Canadian canoes.

  • €15 per boat
  • Max 4 persons per paddle boat (min. age 4 years. Under 16’s must be accompanied by adult)
  • Max 3 persons per canoe (min. age 4 years. Under 16’s must be accompanied by adult)
  • Change of clothes recommended, suitable footwear required (no flip-flops)

Archery

Visitors to Castlecomer Discovery Park can enjoy our latest attraction located just beyond the elf and fairy village.

Their trained instructors will give you a crash course in how to unleash your inner Robin Hood. Feel at one with nature in our woodland archery range.

  • €5 per person
  • Book in advance online to avoid disappointment.
  • Suitable for age 8 years upwards

 

Junior Woodland Adventure Course

The Junior Woodland Adventure Course was specifically designed to encourage small children to become more active and adventurous in a woodland environment.

Made of natural materials, traditional rope and Larch wood, it is a series of low-risk challenges where children balance and steer their way through the course. It is situated 2 feet from the mulch covered surface.

  • €5
  • Suitable for 3-8 year-olds, and helmets are provided.
  • First come first served basis, tickets at reception or at the course
     

Elf Village

FREE to enjoy everyday..this enchanting woodland area is a magical experience for all the family!

The Elf & Fairy village has a small yellow sweet shop, cute café, an underground bunker, and an amazing Head Quarters for the fairy folk!

It’s full of colourful hand-carved toadstool mushrooms where children can meander through the woodland paths. Visitors, of all ages, can enjoy the woodland village which is FREE and is a short 7-10 minute walk from reception.
Next to the village is the stunning new hexagonal shaped ‘Bluebell Playhouse. Handcrafted, the playhouse has a number of rustic benches for children to read some of the books from the ‘woodland’ library.

Canopy Café

As you wander through the enchanting fairy village, why not stop for coffee in the Canopy Café! Open during our high season and holidays, our woodland café has light lunch, gorgeous freshly ground coffee, tea, ice cream all served in a covered picnic area nestled in the woodlands.

The Beautiful Woodland of Castlecomer Discovery Park

Outdoors soak up the beautiful nature and wildlife of the 80 acres of mature woodland, which has over 6 km of walking pathways which are accredited national looped walks.
Children can enjoy viewing the rare animals that reside in the former walled garden as well as having great fun in the charming Timber Tumbles playground which includes a mini zip-wire and climbing wall, designed especially to reflect the natural beauty of the park.
Relax in the beautifully restored stable yard which boasts a wealth of local craftspeople who produce, display and sell their inspiring crafts or enjoy some refreshments in the wonderful family friendly Jarrow Café.
Picnic tables are located in the parkland by the river’s edge close to the car park and children’s playground and there are also a number of more secluded picnic spots located along the woodland walks

The Park Orienteering Trails

They have three permanent courses vary in distance; 1km short, 2km medium and 3km long, each course has a number of codes secured to wooden posts throughout the 80 acres of natural woodland.
laminate maps can be purchased for €4, participants are shown the answer sheets at the reception desk of the visitor centre on return. This is a self-directed activity, and can be done 7 days per week from 9.30am – 5pm.

Team Building Activities

Harness your inner Bear Grylls and learn how you might survive in the wilderness. Our trained bush craft instructors will challenge you with tasks such as raft building. How would you fare getting off a desert island?

Your team are required to make a water worthy vessel, but using only limited supplies and no instructions! Teamwork, communication, and a positive attitude are key to staying afloat.

What is Raft Building?

You are given the raw materials to make a water worthy vessel, can you work as a team to use those materials to stay afloat? Our instructors are on hand to assist, but your goal is to work as a team and harness the groups problem solving abilities. Your team will feel invigorated once your challenge is completed and you set sail!

What is Catapult Building?

You might remember the little version of these you created as a child; our catapults are larger versions worked by a lever and ropes for hurling large stones or other missiles. Once more you are given the basic materials and its your teams combined know how that will get you firing on all cylinders!
Groups 20+

Team Challenge

With so many activities to choose from Castlecomer Discovery Park is the perfect location for a team-building day out. We cater for groups of all sizes with discounts available for groups with 30+ participants.

Groups must be pre-booked in advance

Complementing the zipline, high ropes, boating and orienteering activities we also offer a range of exciting and fun team-building games. These include a peg-pole traverse course, giant skis, Tower of Hanoi and other games requiring problem-solving, communication and coordination.

If you are part of a corporate group, sports club, hen/stag party, large group of friends, language schools, scouts group etc. call us to tailor the perfect team-building day out! It’s one you won’t forget!

Call us to create the perfect package: 056-4440707 or email info@discoverypark.ie.

  • The Team Challenges activity is available to groups only (20+ participants)
  • Must be pre-booked in advance

The Coal Mining Museum

Visit the Coal Mining Museum and discover a world where prehistoric amphibians swim and walk through enormous swamp forests, where giant insects fly through the treetops and giant millipedes crawl through ferns and mosses.

Discover the coal formed from those forests and the skeletons of those early amphibians preserved for 300 million years. Discover the men who worked the coal seams and those who brought the fossils to light.

First through the use of life-sized reconstructions of prehistoric animals and plants, video clips, fossils, rock specimens and information panels, prehistoric life in the coal swamps of the Carboniferous Period is brought to life. Then life sized and scale models of the mines, displays of mining artefact’s, information panels and video interviews with ex-miners and the families of those associated with the mines bring to life more than 300 years of coal mining history.

All of this and more is to be discovered in the Coalmining Museum – ‘Footprints in Coal’ which focuses on two distinct but interlinked eras of Castlecomer’s History – the formation of coal during the Carboniferous period about 300 million years ago and the coal mining industry that came much later.

Opening Times At Castlecomer Discovery Park

Visitor Centre and Coal Mining Exhibition

  • Visitor Centre opens 7 days per week
  • Weekdays: 9.30am-5pm
  • Weekends: 10am-5pm (May-August) and 10.30am-4pm (September-April).
  • Last admission to the Coal Mining Exhibition starts 1 hour before closing time.
  • Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities are available to book online and have Seasonal opening hours which vary throughout the year.

  • Daily 11am – 3pm during school midterm & Easter holiday breaks.
  • Daily 11am – 3pm for July & August
  • Weekends only during off peak times (from March 17th 2018)
  • See website and social media pages for latest updates.
  • Group bookings are welcome for all activities throughout the year
  • (Pre-booking essential).
  • Book Activities On Line at www.discoverypark.ie

Castlecomer Discovery Park School Tours

The Discovery Park’s Education team are delighted to announce the development of  activities in the Educational and Recreational programme for primary and secondary school students.  The education programmes are fresh, innovative, exciting and make learning fun with specially themed modules which involve everybody. All activities are curriculum linked and they are accredited under the Discover Primary Science Programme. The activities are suitable for team bonding to improve the class room dynamic at start of term or as an end of year activity.

Bookings are possible throughout the academic year for Transition Year outings, PE classes, school tours and your school field trips. Details of all courses below, for advice on making a booking call 056 4440707 or email info@discoverpark.ie

Primary school programmes:

  • Coal Mining Exhibition
  • Water Ecology
  • Invertebrate Collection
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Nature Trail

New Modules"Castlecomer Discovery Park School Tours"

  • Geology & Rocks
  • Weather & Climate
  • Maths & Numeracy Trail

Secondary school programmes

  • Leaving cert & Junior cert Ecology field studies
  • LCVP(leaving cert vocational programme)
  • LCA(leaving cert applied)
  • Transition year activity day

New Modules

  • Exploring Tourism & Environment
  • Geology & Rocks
  • Weather & Climate

Directions To Castlecomer Discovery Park

From the centre of Castlecomer town take the N78 towards Dublin, go over the bridge and after 200m you will see the main iron gates for Castlecomer Discovery Park on your left.

Coming from the Athy or Carlow direction, Castlecomer Discovery Park is on the right hand side just before you enter Castlecomer town. There is parking on site for cars and buses. Just follow the signs as you come in through the main gates.

Contact Castlecomer Discovery Park


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