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Thoor Ballylee
Gort, Co. Galway
Rainy days
Free car parking
Hidden gem
W.B. Yeats, Nobel Prize winner, poet and senator, bought this ancient Norman tower and adjoining cottages in 1916. Located close to Gort between the N18 and N66 roads.

Once the home of Nobel Prize winner, W.B. Yeats, this Norman tower and adjoining cottages has been tastefully restored.

Its scenic location also featured in the film The Quiet Man.

The vantage point from the top of the tower house offers stunning views of the south Galway area stretching over to the Burren. The rooftop is accessed by the famous winding stair that inspired one of Yeats' most famous works, while the rooms are faithfully furnished as in Yeats' era.

An audio-visual presentation, available in a number of languages, tells of the life and times of W. B. Yeats while there are push-button audio narratives in several of the tower rooms.

Outside, explore a beautiful riverside walk to an ancient mill, complete with mill wheel.

Tips from locals

A 10 minute drive away is Coole Park, whose solitude and beauty greatly inspired W.B. Yeats.

Contact details
Ballylee, Gort, Co. Galway, H91 D8F2, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 hour here.

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