Coole Park, Gort

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Coole Park is a nature reserve of approximately 1000acre located a few miles west of Gort, County Galway, Ireland. It is operated by the Irish National Parks & Wildlife Service, part of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The park is in a low–lying karstic limestone area characterised by seasonal lakes, known as turloughs, which are almost unique to Ireland. It has extensive woodlands. There are 6 kilometres of signposted nature trails plus a formal late 18th century walled garden.HistoryThe park was formerly the estate of the Gregory family. Coole House was built in the late 18th century for Robert Gregory. In 1880, Robert's great-grandson, William Henry Gregory married Isabella Augusta Persse, who became Lady Gregory. The walled garden contains an autograph tree, a copper beech that is engraved with initials of many of the leading figures of the Irish Literary Revival who were personal friends of Lady Gregory including William Butler Yeats, Edward Martyn, George Bernard Shaw, John Millington Synge and Sean O'Casey. The Yeats poem The Wild Swans at Coole was inspired by the beauty of the swans in the turlough at Coole Park. Yeats's home at Thoor Ballylee was just 3 miles away; he also wrote "Coole Park, 1929", a poem that describes the park as a symbol for the revival of Irish literature:
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  • We loved the quiet garden scenery and peaceful walk, along with the historical connection to the Irish Literary Revival and Abbey Theatre.  more »
  • We love going to coole and garryland and today ve decided to start in garryland and have a breakfast in coole tea room before heading back. The place opend bit after 10:30, we were already waiting so ...  more »
  • This park is a busride from Galway to Gort and then a 1km taxi trip. Aged, mature park with wonderful trees, paths, turloughs fringed huge rocky limestone pavements, views and a teashop. Serene, joyfu...  more »
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  • Experience all that nature has to offer in this wonderful Park. We go there during every season and it never disappoints. In the summer and spring time take a picnic with you and relax in the walled garden. Stroll around their many walkways or jog if you wish. It's so tranquil at any time. When there is snow on the ground it is just magnificent. You can go down to the lake and watch the swans and all different kinds of birds who will often join you at your picnic hoping for a crumb or bits of food. !! There are all sorts of beautiful trees plants and flowers to admire so you could never be bored. Well worth a visit .
  • We were welcomed by a knowledgeable and very friendly woman at the information centre who played the Lady Augusta video for us. The walks were tranquil through the grounds and woods down to the lake. Full of literary history and ghosts of the past. Then had a top notch meal at the tea rooms. Wonderful visit.
  • Lovely cafe, exhibition interesting but grounds esp walled garden shoddy. Prefer Garrylands at rear for feeling of immersion on woods. Turlough worth walking by too
  • Bibliophiles will know Coole Park for The Autograph Tree, where many an Irish author and others have carved their names. Read "The Wild Swans At Coole" by Yeats before you go!
  • Loads to see and didn't cost a penny. Great for picnics and dog walking