Castle Coole

Important notice -

Castle Coole is open daily, including the mansion, tearoom and bookshop. Guided tours of the mansion can only be booked onsite when you arrive (subject to availability). You don't need to book your visit in advance.

Magnificent 18th-century mansion and landscape park

The Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre

What's open in Northern Ireland

You no longer need to book to visit many of our places. The exception is the Giant’s Causeway where the Visitor Experience must be booked in advance. At Mount Stewart and Rowallane Garden pre-booking is recommended especially during weekends and holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking isn't always necessary. Please check the individual property pages for details before visiting.

Castle Coole

What's on

Upcoming events

Sorry, there are no upcoming events at this place.

Inside Castle Coole

The history of Castle Coole 

Castle Coole is one of the greatest neo-classical country houses in Ireland. Built to impress in the 1790s by the first Earl of Belmore, no expense was spared on the palace in the park which was designed to outdo the home of his brother in law, the Earl of Enniskillen, at nearby Florence Court. Various craftsmen were employed from across Ireland and Britain to decorate the interior of the house, from the fine plasterwork to the marble fireplaces and the scagliola columns. Within the lavish interiors is a State Bedroom created for an expected royal visit of King George IV which never came.

Have fun with 'Get set, go' cards at a place near you

Prepare to get set, go! 

At many of the places we look after, you'll be able to pick up a 'Get set, go' activity card — or, if you prefer, download them below to take with you — to inspire your summer adventure. These activity cards have lots of ways to enjoy summer activities, such as 'Find your way' to explore new paths and discover different natural textures, or 'Feel the beat' to tune in to the sounds and rhythms of nature. Each activity is designed to have fun with what's around you and explore the simple things this summer.

Castle Coole

Get involved

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills and meet new people

Volunteering at Castle Coole 

We have a wide variety of opportunities which you can get involved in. There’s something to suit everyone, whatever your interests.