Coole Park

coole park

This location is one of the most important historic destinations in the West of Ireland, it is right here that W.B. Yeats found his inspiration to write some of the famous literature and poetry that is now known worldwide. In the early 20th century, Coole Park was home to Lady Gregory, famous dramatist, folklorist and co-founder of Abbey Theatre. Coole Park, a rare and complex wetland system that is considered to be of global importance.

“The beauty, the romance of our Seven Woods,
the mysteries of the ebbing and flowing lake are dear to me,
have been well loved, and are now in hands
that will care and tend them it is likely for ever”
– Lady Gregory, 26th May 1929

Visitors to this wonderful site can explore almost 400 hectares of wetland and woodland, covering many kilometres of nature trails while taking in the beauty of the woods, rivers, bare limestone and Coole Lake. This nature reserve is a must-see for all guests staying at The Claregalway Hotel. While there, be sure to visit the “Autograph Tree” where the likes of William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, John Millington Synge and Sean O’ Casey all came to experience its magic. They along with and many others carved their initials on an old Copper Beech that still stands in the walled garden today. A spectacular sight.

Coole Park Nature reserve and parklands are located just 30 minutes from our 3* hotel, the journey to this park is dotted with some of the most beautiful scenes along the way. Encompassing the Wild Atlantic Way and making your trip one to remember.

Guests staying at The Claregalway Hotel have the added convenience of staying in such an accessible location, avoiding the traffic of the city centre and large towns, guests have the pleasure of being able to come and go as they please. No major delays, adding another level of relaxation to your Galway vacation.

After a day of exploring and taking in the beauty of Coole Park, guests are invited to dine in our Gastropub & restaurant, Bia & Co. The mouth-watering menu and extensive selection of wines & spirits are sure to satisfy your appetite.

After a comfortable and relaxing nights rest in our luxurious guestrooms, we implore you to take advantage of the free access to our Leisure Centre and gym, a refreshing way to start your day before ticking off the next thing to see on your to-do list in Galway.


  • Location

    Coole Demense, Galway
  • Distance

    30 mins
  • Attraction

    Nature & Parks
  • Cost



Book your stay today and explore this and many more wonderful local attractions near The Claregalway Hotel.