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Coole Park Visitor Centre & Gardens

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Coole
Gort
Galway
Republic of Ireland

Coole Park Visitor Centre & Gardens includes 400 hectares of mixed woodland and wetland. Coole Lough is a turlough that is considered to be of global importance as it is the centre of a unique karstic wetland system, including underground rivers and disappearing lakes.

The site has also been described as the centre of the Irish Literary Revival at the beginning of the twentieth century, when it was home to Lady Gregory, co-founder of the Abbey Theatre. Writers and artists were inspired by the landscape and William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and many others carved initials on the autograph tree which still stands in the walled garden. One of W.B Yeats most famous works, "The Wild Swans of Coole" was inspired by his visits here.

Facilities include coach/car parks, a visitor centre and the tearooms open from spring to autumn, an audio visual and exhibition and many kilometres of way marked woodland walks. Self guiding trail maps are available at the centre for a nominal fee to guide visitors along wooded walks, river and lake trails There is access for wheelchair users to the visitor centre, the walled garden and some parts of the trails. The tearooms offer delicious home-baking, lunches and snacks.

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