Group visits to Castle Coole
Castle Coole is the perfect place for your group outing. We've got everything you need for a great day out. Enjoy a tour of the house, relax in the Tallow House with refreshments after exploring the woodland estate.
Group visit information
Take a tour
Your group can enjoy an informative guided tour of the opulent 18th-century house. Let us know if your group has a specific interest and we can personalise your tour. Tours can be catered to cover different interests including architecture, Irish furniture, and even film-making.
Enjoy the grounds
A group ticket provides entrance to the house and the grounds. Make time to view more of the historic buildings on the estate including the 19th-century ice house. Castle Coole is very gently landscaped as a 'Mansion in a Meadow' so there are short walks to suit a range of interests and abilities.
Stay and enjoy refreshments during your visit. We serve a range of food including sandwiches, scones and cakes. A variety of hot and cold drinks are also available.
The Tallow House tea-room is open the same hours as the house, but if you're coming out of hours we can open it for you. Please let us know if your group would like to use the tea-room and we can make all the arrangements for you.
Free familiarisation visits for group leaders
If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at NTTravelTrade@capita.co.uk.
Who is eligible for free entry?
Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.
Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.
• Group tours have a minimum group size of 15 people.
• Out of hours tours are available on request.
• Check our opening times to find out if we're open on the day of your planned visit.
• Tallow-House Tearoom must be booked in advance of arrival for catering options.
How to book
Step inside one of the finest neo-classical houses in Ireland, experience the ornate interiors and explore the extensive servant’s’ world below stairs.
Stride out on a walk through the woodland park, stroll beside the lake or join a guided tour to discover a historic landscape.
Tuck into a seasonal menu of hot lunches, sandwiches, teas, coffees, cakes and bakes in the historic Tallow House Tea-room at Castle Coole.
If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from education group membership, giving you free admission for a year.
If you're travelling to the UK from overseas this year, buy a National Trust Touring Pass for entry to more than 300 places in our care. With 7-day and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Touring Pass and how to buy yours.
Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.