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 Thoor Ballylee is always closed for the winter months, although the tower, bridge, river and garden are still a moving place of pilgrimage to visit. In Summer 2015 Thoor Ballylee was opened for the first time in many years between June and September.

After further flooding in the winter of 2015-16 the tower is open for the summer until October 15th 2016. For the latest see our news page.

Opening hours for Thoor Ballylee follow below.


Opening Hours  2016

Summer (May – August) 10 – 6 daily

September 10 – 5 Mon-Fri, 11 – 5 Sat-Sun

October 10 – 2 Mon-Fri (closed Sat-Sun)

October 15th Tower closes for winter

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 next to the tower, you can also visit other nearby sites associated with Yeats and Lady Gregory on the Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory trail.

Find us on the NUI Galway Landed Estates database which features a brief history, map, & OS co-ordinates.

Thoor Google Maps1

As a community-based local organization, we need your support to keep the tower open. See how you can help here.



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