Refresh, Re-energise & Reconnect this Easter at Castlecomer Discovery Park
Home to Ireland’s Longest Zipwire! & so much more…
Castlecomer Discovery Park is set on 80 acres of stunning woodland and lakes in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. It offers a range of adventure activities including tree top walks, Ireland’s longest zip wire, high ropes challenge, climbing walls, boating, archery, adventure playgrounds, woodland café and orienteering. At the hub of the site there is the Irish Mining Museum, a purpose-built cafe, craft village and spaces for educational activities.
We are open every day from 9th April to 24th April, we highly recommend that you book in advance on www.discoverypark.ie/booking to avoid disappointment as numbers per hour are limited. The park is free to enter except for a parking charge and you pay for activities as you select. We highly recommend bringing a picnic to enjoy, and remember to dress appropriately. All our activities require closed toe shoes.
This year we are thrilled to bring a brand new activity for our younger visitors, our Junior Adventure Course. This is a extended low ropes courses which sees children navigate a series of obstacles that support developing coordination and encouraging physical exercise. This activity is bundled with our giant bouncing nets, which kids adore, jumping around under the trees.
Visit our Tree Top Walk course nestled in the Sycamore tree tops! This stunning tree top walk is 140 metre long and gives views around the 80 acre natural woodland park. Or if you want to try something a little less daunting, why not reach new heights on our great outdoor climbing wall, with varying levels for all the family to enjoy.
For the more adventurous there Ireland’s longest zip line. The Zip Line at Castlecomer Discovery Park is 308 metres long and over 35 metres over ground at its highest point. A thrilling outdoor activity the Zip Line is accompanied by a high-ropes courses called the Octagonal High Ropes Challenge. These are set in high in the woodlands with views over our two lakes.
Teaching children to become more active and to discover and play for themselves is important for all ages, so Castlecomer also caters for younger children, with a playground, an elf and fairy village.
We do not have boats open this Easter, so you will have to come back in May again to try those out.
We’ve got something for everyone, with 6km of walking trails, woodland orienteering trails, fascinating interactive coal mining exhibition telling the story of the local mining heritage. You can also relax over a tasty snack at our “Canopy Café” under the trees at the elf village. Then take a walk around the craft yard, where you can meet the craft makers and find a novel gift. Recreation and Education programmes for both primary and secondary schools are also available, These are curriculum relevant, fun and engaging for teachers and their students. Book Online at www.discoverypark.ie TEL: 056 4440707
Located just over 90 minutes south of Dublin, the Castlecomer Experience in Kilkenny is a treat for the entire family.
We are a not for profit social enterprise…
Set in the former grounds of the Wandesforde Estate, Castlecomer Discovery Park comprises of 80 acres of stunning natural woodland and lakes. It began as a community project to rejuvenate the town of Castlecomer following the closure of the coal mines in 1969.
This relatively ‘young’ park opened to the public in 2007 with the launch of the Coal Mining Exhibition, Visitor Centre and Design Craft studios which are located in the former stable yard. The Park continues to evolve and is actively developing a range of exciting recreational, cultural and educational activities for visitors of all ages.
The Park has grown from strength to strength since it first opened. Attracting thousands of visitors each year with over 155,000 in 2021
The park is a social/community enterprise and acts on a Non-Profit basis. It was set up to promote rural tourism, and what has been achieved by the community and voluntary efforts is astonishing and any financial surpluses generated are reinvested into the Park because after all, we are ‘Yours to enjoy’.