Castlecomer Discovery Park | Kilkenny Tourism

Castlecomer Discovery Park


Castlecomer Discovery Park - Family Fun in Kilkenny

Castlecomer Discovery Park adventures includes it famous walk through the treetops, with views of the River Deane below. For the more adventurous, we have Ireland’s longest, over water, zip-line (300 meters), or try the Octagon, our high ropes challenge course. 


Castlecomer Discovery Park offers an exciting range of activities around the estate including tree top walks, climbing walls, boating, adventure playgrounds, orienteering and most recently Ireland’s longest zip wire and high ropes challenge. At the hub of the site, there is the Irish Mining Museum, a purpose-built cafe, craft village, and spaces for educational activities. 

Castlecomer Discovery Park comprises 80 acres of natural woodland and lakes. It opened to the public in 2007 to commemorate the coal-mining heritage following the closure of the local mines in 1969. It aims to develop rural tourism, generate local employment and regenerate the town.

Book today to enjoy our activities:

  • Tree Top Adventure & Climbing Wall course
  • Boating activities – Canoes & Paddle Boats
  • New Junior Adventure Course for 3 – 8-year-olds
  • 305-meter-long zip line over our stunning lake. Ireland’s longest zip line
  • Octagon High Ropes course
  • Elf and Fairly Village
  • Coal mining exhibition
  • Woodland Café – Canopy Café
  • Woodland orienteering trails, installed by Irish Orienteering Association
  • Timber tumbles Playground

4 walking trails (FREE) Approved for listing on National Trails website

Activities open daily from 11.00
(last bookings at 3.00 pm)

Avoid disappointment and book online at
Call 056 4440707 or see 


Castlecomer, Kilkenny. 

Castlecomer Discovery Park is nested in the charming and tranquil village of Castlecomer and is less than 20km away from Kilkenny city and just 30 minutes from M7, M8 and M9 motorways. 

Things To Do 

We are truly bursting with pride in showcasing our wonderful and diverse attractions available to visitors, no matter your age we’ve got the perfect experience for you.

Prepare yourself for a Spooktacular Halloween at Castlecomer Discovery Park

We are very excited about Halloween at the Discovery Park, our woodland is the perfect landscape to hide the most gruesome frights, that’s if you can manage to get down the zip line in the dark! Booking now available.  This is an over 16’s event and early booking is advised as place are limited.  Book online at

Activities Open Weekends Only Until 31st October  (11am-3pm). BOOK ONLINE to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited.

Paddle around 

Find a paddle buddy and take to the water for some fun filled leisurely boating activities in our stunning natural woodlands Lake. Admire the beautiful backdrop, filled with a variety of magnificent trees and our recently renovated 17th century stone bridge.

Zip Lining & Tree Top Walks 

Conquer your fear and discover your inner climber in a series of complicated rope walkways. Walk high above the Sycamore tree tops, 10 metres above the ground as you grapple with each new challenge while also catching a glimpse of the spectacular birds-eye view of the park 

Introducing Ireland's longest over water Zip Line, 300 metres of Adrenalin Pumping Fun! Book now

Craft Shops

Mum and Dad can sip on coffee’s and wander around our beautiful handful of craftsmanship shops, from Carl Parker Jewels to Rosmarie Durr pottery you will be astounded by each and every beautiful piece designed and carefully constructed. 

Walking Trails 

Why not take a hike, have a picnic or explore the many winding and adventurous paths through the natural setting of the woodlands? Castlecomer Discovery Park offers the perfect place to get fit, experience nature and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether it’s a quick stroll or something a little more challenging, we’ve got it all! 


Step back in time and experience an interactive multi-media coal mining display that takes you on a journey through time. Explore 300 years of coal mining history through the use of life-sized reconstructions of prehistoric animals, plants, video clips, information panels, while experiencing prehistoric life in the coal swamps.


Team Building 

“A successful team is a group of many hands but of one mind”!! Fancy a challenge?  We’ve got plenty of fun filled, activity based and educational challenges available for group bonding sessions. From Orienteering, to conquering height fears we’ve got an array of challenges for your group to choose.  

Primary and Secondary School Programme(s)
Students will use both indoor and outdoor spaces to learn and have fun by participating in a variety of activities, experiments and team tasks from curriculum-oriented programmes.

Visit our website for more information and to view our wide range of activities at

General Opening Hours

  • Weekdays – 9.30am – 5pm
  • Weekends – 10am – 5pm (May – August) + 10.30 – 4.30 (September – April) 
  • Jarrow Café – 10am -5pm daily 
  • Boating – 12pm – 4.30pm 
  • Tree Top Adventures – 12pm 4.30pm 

NOTE: Opening times may vary throughout the year, please check the website

Contact Details

Castlecomer Demesne Co. Ltd
The Estate Yard,
Co. Kilkenny

Phone: 056 4440707
Fax: 056 4440628