About Your Visit

How to get here:

Coole Park Nature Reserve is located in South County Galway just 4km north-west of the town of Gort. We are easily accessible and signposted from Exit 16 on the M18 motorway or by inputting our postcode (H91 HF5X) into your GPS device.


  • Gort: 4 km/3 miles
  • Galway: 35 km/22 miles
  • Ennis: 30 km/18 miles
  • Limerick: 65 km/40 miles on M18 at Gort
  • Dublin: 205 km/127 miles

By Train:

The Limerick/Galway train service operates through Gort. You will then need to organise a taxi from Gort to Coole Park – approximately 4 kilometres.
Further information from Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail www.irishrail.ie  or +353 (0)1 8366 222

By Bus:

No 51 serving Galway/Ennis/Shannon Airport/Limerick/Cork stops in Gort. You will then need to organise a taxi from Gort to Coole Park – approximately 4 kilometres.
Further information from Bus Éireann www.buseireann.ie   Phone: Galway +353 (0)91 562000

Nature Reserve Front Gate Opening Times

Summer: 08.00 to 19.30 (during Daylight Savings Time )

Winter:  08.00 to 18.00

Coole Park Visitor Centre Opening Times 2024

  • Coole Park Visitor Centre is currently open daily from 10am – 5pm (closed for lunch 1pm – 2pm)
  • Coole Park Tearooms open daily 10am – 5pm
  • Toilet facilities, carparks and trails are open


Things to be aware of when visiting…

Planning an event?

All organized events or activities within Coole Park require a permit. Please email coolepark@npws.gov.ie to request an Application Form.


Dogs are allowed but must be on a lead in ALL areas and all dog waste picked up and removed in accordance with our Leave No Trace policy.

Foraging and Collecting

Foraging or removal or of any materials from the park is not permitted.

Fires & Barbecues

Fires and barbecues are not permitted.

Lyme Disease

For more information see: Health Protection Surveillance Centre Lyme disease page http://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/vectorborne/lymedisease/informationforthepublic/

Drone Usage

The NPWS does not allow the usage of drones on their properties unless specific permission has been granted to do so. For further information on the national regulations and guidance pertaining to the operation of Drones (Small Unmanned Aircraft), please refer to the following online resources:

Contact Us

National Parks & Wildlife Service

Coole Park Nature Reserve
Co. Galway



Visitor Centre

Open Daily 10am-5pm (closed for lunch 1pm – 2pm)

Phone: 091 631 804

Email: coolepark@npws.gov.ie

Facebook: Check out our Facebook page for regular events and updates

Coole Park Tearooms

Open: Daily 10am – 5pm

Phone: 091 631 669
Email: cooleparktearooms@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CooleParkTearooms/