Coole Park, Gort

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4.7/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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 had a great day here from the picnic on arrival, to see the exhibition to a beautiful walk, a truly great family day out, with amazing scenery in the woods, by the water and in the Garden, it will ...  read more »
  • If you want to chill-out, here is the place. I loved the autograph tree and museum with so much history and personal family info. There i a lot of space to explore. The cafe is also delightful with ve...  read more »
  • Coole is lovely for a stroll in the mornings. I always go "off track" and walk along the turlough (flood permitting!) and take in the sights down along there, love when the swans are there, so peacefu...  read more »
  • Superbe park very clean and spacious. Would be good to know why so many trees were cut recently. Is that due to a mushroom like in Gougane Barra ?
  • 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 !
  • The new m18 motorway will run along side park when it opens in November 17
  • Great place for a walk or cycle .
  • Nice peaceful place to walk! And it's FREE
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