Coole Park Turlough View

Coole Park

Contact Details


Coole Park,
Co Galway,
H91 HF5X

Tel. No: +353 (91) 631 804
Fax No: +353 (91) 631 653



Opening Hours

Park is open all year round.

Barrier closes:

Winter - 18.00
Summer - 19.30

Visitor Centre:

Open Easter - June & September
Daily 10.00 - 17.00

July & August
Daily 10.00 - 18.00

Last admission to centre 15 minutes before closing.

Last admission to presentations 1 hour before closing.

Average Length of Visit: 1 - 2 hours.

Admission Fees



Car/coach park, toilets, including toilets for visitors with disabilities, self-guiding trails, picnic tables in the garden, multi-media presentations, small selection of relevant books, leaflets and postcards.

Restaurant/Tearooms: Coffee shop, hot lunches and home baking.
Phone: +353 (91) 631 669 for advance lunch booking.



Coole Park, now a nature reserve, was once the home of Lady Gregory, dramatist, folklorist and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre with William Butler Yeats and Edward Martyn. 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.
Attractions include a Visitor Centre with multi-media presentations and tea-rooms, all fully accessible for visitors with disabilities.

Admission to the park is free.

Location: 3km north of Gort on the N18 Galway - Limerick road.

Bus Routes: Galway - Limerick buses and the Galway - Limerick train stop in Gort. Taxi or walk from Gort - total distance from Gort is 3 km.

Guided Tours:
Maximum number: For pre-booked groups only.
Duration: Forty minutes to one hour.

Leaflet/Guide book: Trail Guide and Map in English.

Seasonal Events: See website for details. Events are organised during Bio-diversity Week (May) and Heritage Week (end of August). Children's activities and Sunday walks are held during July and August.

Photography/Video allowed: Yes - in the park. No photography of presentations allowed. Commercial photography only by prior agreement with management.