The recently restored Visitor Centre includes one of the original stables which still
contains elaborate stalls for five horses. A loft overhead was used for storage of hay and also
carpentry and other tools.
Across the old cobbled stable yard lies the ruins of the coach and harness rooms.
A variety of coaches such as victorias, phaetons and broughams were kept here and were washed from
the water pump in the centre of the yard. Grain was stored in the coach house loft and above this
was the dovecote.
The keeping of pigeons and doves is believed to have been a medieval tradition, though it
was also known in Roman times.
Up until the late 18th century, when storable root crops became popular, it
was difficult to feed stock over the winter and so many of the animals had to be slaughtered before the winter.
This meant that fresh meat was often scarce.
Many manor houses and monastic farms used pigeons to provide fresh meat and eggs and therefore established
dovecotes especially for this purpose.
The Visitor Centre contains an audio/visual presentation, "Lady Gregory of Coole", a literary history of Coole Park, and also a multi-media exhibition, "Coole Park through the eyes of 'Me and Nu', Granddaughters of Lady Gregory". The presentations last approximately 30 minutes each.
Guided tours are available for groups
when booked in advance. Books, maps, trail booklets, postcards and heritage cards are also on sale.
The Visitor Centre is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities.
Opening Times 2014
5th April to 31st May
1st June to 31st August
1st September to 25th September
Tearooms : 091 631669
- Daily 10am to 5pm (closed last weekend in September)
Open from Easter to late September
Schools wishing to book for education programmes and
tour group bookings please contact centre on 091 631804 or by email
The park is open all year to the public. There is free admission to the grounds.
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