May 28, 2003
As well as its rich cultural history, Coole is a natural beauty spot as well. Not only are the gardens of the late Coole Estate well maintained and open to the public, but the hundreds of acres of surrounding woodlands are as well. Also accessible are Coole Lake and a turlough at the back of the Coole Woodland where hundreds of Wildfowl flock during the winter months.
I have visited Coole many times over the past two years and in all seasons. I love the woods the most, the peace there is unreal. even in the middle of the tourist season it is possible to wander the woods for hours due to their size and not see another soul.
There is a strange elegant beauty surrounding Coole Park, the woods and the gardens. This is definitely a place to visit while in the west of Ireland.
There is no entrance fee to Coole Park and there is a visitors centre which is open throughout the summer months (from easter to late september). In the visitors centre there is a tearoom, serving some lovely snacky meals and books and info on Coole and the local area can be purchased. Guided tours are available and there is also a very interesting and informative video show to watch. This is split into two parts: the first on the cultural history of Coole, and the second on the Natural History of the Park and local area. Coole park is a day out that would be suited to pretty much anyone. Families would love to bring picnics and the kids will love the huge grassy areas and woods to play in; people interested in either or both the cultural and natural history would find it a worthwhile visit, and finally the people like me who just want to wander the woods and relax and feel at peace will love it!
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