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There are a number of free upcoming events taking place at Coole and Dromore Woods in South County Galway

Free upcoming events at Coole

On Friday August 18th at 2pm there will be a butterfly walk. Discover the different Irish butterflies that occur at Coole and learn how they are recorded for the national database.

As butterflies only come out during favourable conditions, this walk is completely weather dependent and will be cancelled if the conditions are unfavourable. Therefore booking is required for this event.  This event is suitable for children over 5 years of age and parts of this walk will be on uneven ground.

Our ever popular weekly activity for children ‘Open Your Eyes to Nature’ continues each Wednesday afternoon from 3pm – 4.30pm throughout August. Exploring nature through the senses, children from 5 to 10 years are encouraged to discover the natural wonders of Coole through their own observations. Children must be accompanied by an adult and numbers are limited so booking is essential.

Keep an eye out for many events being held during heritage week 19th-27th August in Coole Park and Dromore Woods, including Bat walks, Family Events, and Nature walks.

On Sunday August 20th at 3pm there will be a walk about Coole Turlough. It is globally important due to its size, naturalness and its overwintering birds, particularly Whooper swans. This magical landscape inspired the poem 'The Wild Swans at Coole' WB Yeats. No booking is required.

Dromore Woods will be holding a Wildflowers and Pollinators walk for children accompanied by an adult from 2-3.30pm also on 20th August. 

No dogs are permitted at these events, except guide dogs. For all enquiries and bookings please ring 091 631804 or email

Why not also call into the Visitor Centre and view the multimedia exhibition Coole Park through the eyes of ‘Me and Nu’, granddaughters of Lady Gregory or the 30 minute audio visual presentation ‘Lady Gregory of Coole’. Last showing of AV is 5pm. Discover the magic that drew W.B. Yeats to Coole for over twenty summers. Admission is free. The Visitor Centre is open from 10am to 6pm daily. Last admission is 5.45pm.

The tea rooms are open daily serving delicious home baking and lunches.