Come visit the hallowed Thoor Ballylee! Come and view the Hiberno-Norman tower, its fourteenth century stones so closely associated with the poet W.B. Yeats. Come and view Yeats’s pear trees, one ‘broken by a storm’ in his poem ‘Meditations in Time of Civil War’, walk the narrow bridge and crossing stones, admire the gardens and river, and now, once again, enter into the sacred ground of tower and cottage.
The interior of Thoor Ballylee is necessarily closed for the winter months, although the tower, bridge, river, grounds, and garden are still a moving place of pilgrimage to visit. You can walk up the stream to the old mill, picture Yeats’s wife George fishing from the tower windows, and of course park in our year-round car park.
In Summer 2015 thanks to our volunteers and supporters Thoor Ballylee was opened for the first time in many years between June and September. To find out more about how to help keep the tower open view here.
For Yeats’s 151st birthday in June 2016 our new Yeats Thoor Ballylee Exhibition was opened by Sabina Coyle Higgins.
In 2017 Thoor Ballylee opens on Monday 1st May. Our wonderful exhibition reopens, and there is a programme of cultural events throughout the summer.
Opening hours for Thoor Ballylee follow below.
Opening Hours 2017
Mon-Fri 10am to 2pm
Sat-Sun 11am to 5pm
Summer (June – August)
10 – 6 daily
Admission €7 (with concessions available). Cups of tea, tour, and hearty welcome all included.
How to find us?
We are located less than an hour’s drive south from Galway city. We are very close to Coole Park, a good place to stop for lunch, and not far from Gort, between the N18 and N66 in south County Galway, Ireland.
With easy parking just up the road from the tower, you can also visit other nearby sites associated with Yeats and Lady Gregory on the Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory trail.
As a community-based local organization, we need your support to keep the tower open. See how you can help here.