Visiting Castle Coole: What you need to know

Castle Coole sits above Lough Coole and surrounding parkland

Our parkland is now open for pre-booking. Your visit will include car parking and toilet facilities. To ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, we've reduced the number of people we can welcome at one time and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

The Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre

What's open in Northern Ireland

You no longer need to book to visit our places in Northern Ireland. The exception is the Giant’s Causeway where the Visitor Experience should be booked in advance. Please check the individual property pages for details before visiting.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you back. We’ve worked hard to reopen Castle Coole and we want to keep it open for you and everyone to enjoy. We'll need your help to do so.

How to book

Castle Coole

Please book ahead before visiting

The parkland is open daily. The tearoom and bookshop are open weekends. The Mansion reopens for guided tours on 5 June on weekends only. Please note that guided house tour bookings can only be made upon arrival and are subject to availability. We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary.

Before setting out

We’re all in this together. If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you’ve been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

You can cancel your visit in advance by telephoning the box office on 0344 249 1895 The centre is open 9am - 5.30pm from Monday to Friday and 9am - 4pm on weekends and bank holidays. Unfortunately we cannot take or cancel bookings at the property. 


Your booking offers access by car at the time shown on your ticket. 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.

We've set up a system to check your ticket and guide you through on arrival. Staff will be on hand to greet you and answer any questions. Please have your ticket to hand to show to staff through the car window. Members will also need to show their membership card.

Arriving on time allows us to provide you and everyone with the safest possible experience. Sadly, if you’re more than 10 minutes late for your slot, then entry will be at the discretion of the property team.


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.

Sadly, we’re not able to open everything at once. We’re sorry but the house, tearoom, shop, and play area remains closed.

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

During your visit

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. We may need to make some changes to the usual routes to help keep you safe. 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're currently not able to loan wheelchairs or mobility scooters. 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.


Above all, enjoy your visit. We are delighted to welcome you back. We are so thankful for your support as we work through these unprecedented times and make this gradual transition a success, so we can get back to offering nature, beauty and history for everyone.

How to book

All visitors must book a ticket in advance, including members. Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.

  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don’t need a ticket.
  • You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit.
  • The timeslot is for your arrival time only 
  • Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale
  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.

Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week. You can book up to 18 hours before a timeslot. 

Due to limited spaces, we’re asking that you only book once a week to allow others a chance to visit.

Upcoming events

Sorry, there are no upcoming events at this place.

An autumnal view of the house from the Killynure path

Lake walk at Castle Coole

At just over one mile, the Lake Walk at Castle Coole is the perfect trail for a 'walk and talk' with family and friends. This flat route follows the historic track around Lough Coole so you won't be out of breath to enjoy the breath-taking views. With a wealth of wildlife resting in the reeds, little legs will also enjoy the sights on this enchanting walk on the edge of Enniskillen.

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.

Castle Coole is the perfect place for you and your dog

Canine companions at Castle Coole

There is plenty for both you and your dog to enjoy at Castle Coole, with a variety of walks within the parkland and plenty of outdoor seating.