Not really a castle at all, Coole is in fact a lavish stately home on the east bank of Lower Lough Erne. This quintessential neoclassical mansion was designed by James Wyatt for the Earl of Belmore and completed in 1796. Its rooms include a state bedroom hung with crimson silk, said to have been prepared for George IV (1762–1830). Other features include a Chinese-style sitting room, magnificent woodwork, fireplaces, and furniture dating from the 1830s. A nearly 600-hectare (1,482-acre) woodland estate surrounds the house. A classical music series runs from May to October.
Fermanagh Lakelands› Attraction
1 1/2 mi (2.4km) southeast of Enniskillen on A4, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 6JY.
Our Rating Hours House open June–Aug daily 11am–5pm; May and Sept Wed–Mon 11am–5pm; Mar–Apr weekends 11am–5pm (also daily during Easter week). Grounds open Mar–Oct daily 10am–7pm; Nov–Feb daily 10am–4pm Phone 028/6632-2690 Prices House: £5 adults; £2 children; £12 families. Grounds only (cars): £3 adults, £2 children, £9 families. Grounds only (walkers): £2,50 adults; £1.50 children; £6.50 families. Web site Castle Coole Other Last admission 30 min before closing; last house tour 1 hr. before closing
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