Castlecomer Discovery Park Kilkenny

castlecomer discovery park kilkenny

Castlecomer Discovery Park Kilkenny is set in a stunning 80 acre natural woodland and boasts an exciting range of recreational and educational activities.

The park opened in 2007 and comprises

    • scenic walking trails
    • lakes, boating and fishing
    • high-ropes adventure activities
    • a fascinating multi-media coal mining museum
    • woodland train
    • orienteering trails
    • schools education programme
    • design craft workshops,
    • elf & fairy hut village
    • and award winning café.

There’s a whole day out of fantastic activities to be experienced for visitors of all ages.

For 3-8 year olds, there is an exciting new, low-risk course built between the Ash and Sycamore trees. Open daily from 12pm to 4.30pm (weather permitting), it operates on a first come, first served basis and is just €5 per child, with helmet provided.

Boating at Castlecomer Dscovery Park Kilkenny

Visitors to Castlecomer Discovery Park can enjoy leisurely boating activities on the larger of two picturesque lakes, in a stunning natural woodland setting. The lakes are surrounded by a variety of magnificent trees providing a stunning backdrop to the beautiful and 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 this 80 acre woodland. So whether you’re after a fast-paced day out or simply a leisurely cruise around the lake, you can still fit in some exercise while having fun on the Pedal boats and Canadian canoes!

Please note pre-booking is recommended for all Boating activities, to avoid disappointment.

Tree Top Walk

The Tree Top Adventure Walk was launched in Summer 2012 and has proven to be one of the most popular attractions at Castlecomer Discovery Park. 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!

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). Pre-booking is essential for all Tree Top Adventure Walk activities.

Climbing Wall & Leap of Faith

Reach new heights by challenging yourself on this great outdoor climbing wall with several different levels for all to enjoy. Experience the daring ‘Leap of Faith’ – climb the 7 metre pole, balance on the platform and take a ‘leap of faith’ aiming for the target before being assisted back to ground level.

Cost: Climbing Wall & Leap of Faith €10 per person, Tree Top Adventure Walk, Climbing Wall & Leap of Faith Package Bundle Deal €20 per person.

Note: Minimum age, height & weight restrictions apply: MUST be 7+ years, 1.2 metres in height; maximum weight 120kg/19 stone.

Visitor Centre

Opened in 2007 the visitor centre at Castlecomer Discovery Park stands on the site of a former grass drying building which was located in the estate yard. The new building is a unique and visually pleasing structure which blends perfectly with the traditional stone buildings of The Estate Yard. The building is fully wheelchair accessible and houses the reception area, toilets, Jarrow cafe, Footprints in Coal exhibition and a wide range of other exhibitions throughout the year. The centre is the meeting and registration point for all the activities at the park.


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! Explore the woodand further and visit the magical Woodland Play Area which is home to the Elf & Fairy Village, Bluebell Playhouse and Junior Woodland Adventure Course!


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, Castlecomer Discovery Park 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.

Castlecomer Discovery Park

The Estate Yard
Co. Kilkenny

Tel: +353 (0)56 444 0707
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