Nature and Wildlife

Nature and Wildlife

Coole Park Visitor Centre & Gardens


Coole Park & Visitor Centre
Republic of Ireland

COOLE/GARRYLAND NATURE RESERVE 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 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.

Multi-media Exhibition: "Coole Park through the eyes of 'Me and Nu', Granddaughters of Lady Gregory". This charming exhibition gives an impression of what it was like to grow up at Coole in the early 20th century. It contains brief footage of WB Yeats and GB Shaw as well as amusing descriptions and anecdotes of the many famous visitors to Coole. It also contains some personal items belonging to Lady Gregory including one of her fans signed by Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, WB and Jack Yeats among others

Audio Visual: "Lady Gregory of Coole" is a 30-minute literary history of Coole Park. Seating: 60. Language: English.

Guided walks and family activities are offered during July and August.
Guided walks may also be booked in advance by groups for further information

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  • Catering (Snacks, Lunch, Dinner)
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Opening Times

Opening Times Nature Reserve: Open daily 08.00 to 18.00 (winter) and 08.00 to 19.30 (summer) Visitor Centre: Open daily 10.00 to 17.00 from Easter to end of June & September & 10.00 to 18.00 July & August. Tearooms: Open weekends 12.00 to 17.00 during March & daily 10.30 to 17.00 from Easter to end of September Admission: Free of charge.

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