Orlaith Carey jumping for joy at the new Cork County Council playground in Mallow Castle. Photo: Sean Jefferies Photography

Fairytale playground awaits on grounds of Mallow Castle

The inclusive playground at Mallow Castle Park centers around a bespoke castle-type structure with towers, slides, rope walks, climbing frames and a climbing wall. It also features sensory rich activities such as sand/water play and tree canopy exploration.

The playground has been opened by Cork County Council, signaling the first phase of the redevelopment of Mallow Castle Grounds.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Gillian Coughlan said the park will captivate children’s imagination with its fairytale atmosphere.

“It is a really impressive amenity and offers a more stimulating and challenging environment for children that is unique to Mallow and the North Cork region. The main structure itself is quite medieval looking which is a nod to its setting in Mallow Castle.

“I would like to commend all involved in this project which will keep children, from near and far far away entertained for many years,” she added.

Accessible pathways have been constructed from the entrance through the former walled gardens to the grounds of Mallow Castle while a new entrance for both pedestrians and vehicles has been created at the northern boundary with Castlepark.

A small car park with space for 28 cars has also been built. The winter opening hours are from 8am-6pm daily.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, said: “The new playground forms part of an overall plan to develop Mallow Castle Park as a key tourism destination for North Cork.

“It’s the first key project in the redevelopment of the existing gardens and historic landscape at Mallow Castle, as well as the main Mallow Town Park, the Spa House and Tip O’Neill Park, as high quality public amenities and year-round visitor attractions. These amenities will complement and support the existing tourism offerings at nearby Doneraile Park and Anne’s Grove House and Garden,” he added.