Coole Park

sights / Parks & gardens

Coole Park information

Location
Gort & Around , Ireland
Address
off N18
More information
www.coolepark.ie
Opening hours
8am-7.30pm summer, 8am-6pm winter
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Once home of Lady Augusta Gregory, co-founder of the Abbey Theatre and a patron of WB Yeats, the house here was demolished by nitwit bureaucrats in 1941. But displays recall its literary legacy and the present-day nature reserve is a beautiful place to stroll. Look for the autograph tree, on which many of Lady Gregory's literary guests carved their initials. It's about 3km north of Gort.

There's a visitor centre (open in summer months) and a tearoom.