Visiting Castle Coole: What you need to know

Castle Coole sits above Lough Coole and surrounding parkland

In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

Arrival

To manage visitor flow, a one-way entry and exit system is in operation. Please arrive at the Main Entrance on the Dublin Road. You can exit through the Town End gate onto the Castle Coole Road.

 Staff will be on hand to greet you and answer any questions.

Facilities 

Car parking is available at Grand Yard Car Park and the parkland is open for you to enjoy. Toilets with access and baby change facilities are also available. You'll find bottles of hand sanitizer and sinks for hand washing.

Enjoy a summer stroll at Castle Coole
Enjoy a summer stroll at Castle Coole
Enjoy a summer stroll at Castle Coole

During your visit

Our staff will be on hand to guide you. Please follow their instructions. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

Our grounds are looking lovely, but we’ve had a severely reduced team at the property for many weeks so they may not be  as well-groomed as you might expect them to be. Please bear with us as we do what we can as soon as we can.

You are welcome to pack a picnic. Picnic tables are available appropriately spaced. Please respect other visitors and staff, by using bins and taking excess litter home with you.

We are now able to offer a mobility scooter, please contact us in advance of your vivist to reserve this if required. Benches are located around the site for visitors to rest as they walk.

Children must be supervised at all times.

Dogs are welcome but please keep them on a short lead at all times.

Enjoy!

Above all, enjoy your visit. We are delighted to welcome you back. 

Upcoming events

Come out and Play

Wed 06 Jul 2022
10:00-18:00
Get the heart racing with a summer of sport and come out and play at Castle Coole.

Guided Walk

Tue 19 Jul 2022
14:00-15:00
Enjoy a relaxed walking tour, discover the grounds of Castle Coole and learn about the landscape, wildlife and how we are caring for this special green space.

Twilight Tour at Castle Coole

Fri 22 Jul 2022
19:30-22:30
Experience the sights and sounds of Castle Coole as you never have before! Enjoy an exclusive evening as we explore the mansion when the 4th Earl and his family lived there.
Black Dog on Lead

Dog Walking at Castle Coole

Dogs are very welcome at National Trust properties. Here are our guidelines for dog owners visiting Castle Coole.

Artist's impression of the Queen Anne House at Castle Coole

Walking through history of Castle Coole - Queen Anne Tour

Castle Coole is widely recognised as one of the finest neo-classical houses in Ireland. While the 18th century mansion is the longest standing, it was not the only historic house which belonged to the famous Fermanagh estate. It was in fact the third historic house which made the Enniskillen parkland its home. Unearth the story of three historic houses hiding in plain sight.

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.

The Pump House at Castle Coole

Explore the estate

With a magnificent mansion, set in a woodland park, there is much more to see on the estate, such as the Grand Yard, Ice House and Pump House.