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
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
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 2023
- Coole Park Visitor Centre is currently open daily from 10am-5pm
- Coole Park Tearooms are currently open daily from 10am-5pm
- Toilet facilities, carparks and trails are open
Things to be aware of when visiting…
Dogs are permitted in the Nature Reserve but must be on a lead and all faeces picked up and removed in accordance with our Leave No Trace policy.
Fires & Barbecues
Fires and barbecues are not permitted anywhere in the Nature Reserve.
For more information see: Health Protection Surveillance Centre Lyme disease page http://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/vectorborne/lymedisease/informationforthepublic/
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:
- Irish Aviation Authority Drone Regulations and Guidance
- Data Protection Commissioner – Guidance on the Use of Drones
National Parks & Wildlife Service
Coole Park Nature Reserve
Open Daily 10am-5pm
Phone: 091 631 804
Coole Park Tearooms
Open Daily 10am-5pm
Phone: 091 631 669