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Coole Park

Category: Families, Outdoors, Culture, Nature/Wildlife, Sightseeing, Free

Type: Castles, Historic Homes & Sites, Forest & Woodland, Parks & Gardens, Visitor Centres, General Attractions

Coole Nature Reserve
Co Galway
Tel: +353 91 631 804

Please mention when enquiring.

In the early 20th century Coole Park was the centre of the Irish Literary Revival.

Coole Park

Coole Park, now a nature reserve of 405 hectares (1,000 acres), was once the home of Lady Gregory, dramatist, folklorist and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre with William Butler Yeats and Edward Martyn.

In the early 20th century Coole Park was the centre of the Irish Literary Revival. Yeats, Shaw, Synge, and O'Casey among others all came to experience its magic; their initials are carved on the Autograph Tree. The Seven Woods celebrated by Yeats are part of a nature trail taking in woods, river, turlough, bare limestone and Coole lake.

The Visitor Centre contains an audio/visual presentation, "Lady Gregory of Coole", a literary history of Coole Park, and also a multi-media exhibition, "Coole Park through the eyes of 'Me and Nu', Granddaughters of Lady Gregory".

Opening Time:

The Park is open all year round. Barrier closes 6pm in Winter, 7pm in Summer. Visitor Centre: Easter-June daily, 10am-5pm; June-August daily, 10am-6pm. 1-30 September Wed-Sun 10am-5pm

Admission Charge:

Coole Park - Gort County Galway Ireland
Coole Park - Gort County Galway Ireland
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Off the N18, 3km north-west of Gort

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