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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  • A well-kept park with a nice walk of about 5 km you come along a river and a walled garden, all pretty to look at.
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  • Walks well laid out. An outdoor treat. Interpretive centre and tea rooms available high season with lots of parking.  more »
  • loved every minute of our walk around Coole Park - fantastic scenery & well signed walkway. Pity the coffee shop was closed as it was off season. Will definately pay a return visit  more »
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  • If you are a W.B. Yeats fan a full walk of the Seven Woods is a must do. Do not just come here for the tea room and quickly look around. Bring a picnic and plan to be here 4 hours or more., walking the trails, relaxing by Cool Lough watching the swans, picnic in the walled garden. Fascinating to me is how a forest clear felled area has fast become a wild flower sanctuary including various fairy rare species. Well, I suppose it's not far from Clare's Burren.
  • Wonderful place to explore. Whatever the weather
  • Beautiful park. Large area for walks and jogging
  • Very old park with its visitor centre and walled garden. There are different trail options. The lake side is very nice, with great views and interactions with cows and horses ;-) Great place to spend a day out with family and four legged friends !
  • Beautiful walks nice visitors centre and cafe