Operated by the Irish National Parks & Wildlife service, Coole park is a protected nature reserve of near 1,000 acres. The park was formerly the estate of the Gregory family.
Features of the park include turloughs or seasonal lakes, extensive woodlands, an 18th century walled garden (hosting an ‘autograph tree’ which has initials engraved of famous literacy figures) and 6 km’s of signposted nature trails.
A visitor centre is also located within the park, in former 18th century outbuildings offering a tea room, an audio/visual presentation on Lady Gregory and the literary history of Coole Park during summer months.
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