For families wanting to spend a day at Castlecomer Discovery park there are plenty of activities on offer:
With 80 acres of woodland and 6km of trails surrounding two lakes, Castlecomer Discovery Park has plenty of room for exploration. Families can liven up a walk and improve their overall experience by picking up one of our Nature Trails from the reception desk.
Footprints in Coal
Of course no trip to Castlecomer Discovery Park would be complete without a visit to the ‘Footprints in Coal’ Experience. Very popular with adults and children alike, this interactive multimedia exhibition uses fossils, life-size and scale models, video clips and mining artefacts to tell the complete story of the Castlecomer Coal from its formation 300 million years ago through over 300 years of mining history to the closure of the coal mines in 1969.
Our adventure playground is designed around the themes of the ‘Footprints in Coal’ exhibition with coal trucks and prehistoric animals constructed from timber. It is open to the public all year round and is suitable for children under 14 years.
The grounds of Castlecomer Discovery Park are centred around two rainbow trout angling lakes. Originally constructed by the Prior Wandesforde family, the two man-made lakes formed a centrepiece for their demesne. Having been drained in the past, 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.
Castlecomer Estate Yard & Craft Shop
The former stables and farmyard buildings of the Prior-Wandesforde estate are home to a growing number of crafts people and artists who sell directly from their workshops. Craft Shops include pottery & ceramics, jewellery, stone carving, painting, antiques, furniture restoration and Mitzy Kilkenny. For more information, visit the website on www.castlecomerestateyard.com.
Giftshop & Cafe
Located inside the visitor centre, Castlecomer Discovery Park, Castlecomer, County Kilkenny our gift shop stocks a wide range of inexpensive gifts, toys and souvenirs for all the family with an emphasis on education and the outdoors.
Along with hosting the ‘Footprints in Coal’ Experience, the visitor centre plays host to the delightful Jarrow Café. Run by Anna and Evan Stewart, the Café can cater for up to 50 people and provides a wide range of home made delights including cakes, sandwiches, soup, hot meals and salads.