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Thoor Ballylee

Gort, Ireland
+353 91 563 081
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Wonderful Yates

An absolute must if you love Yates' work. The tower is next to a clear stream which reflects it in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
luchyswanwick_10
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Yeats and his Tower

Unexpectedly stunning tower, tucked away on a charming country road. The setting and the stones... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
GlobetrotterAnne
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Gort, Ireland
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+353 91 563 081
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Reviewed 3 days ago

An absolute must if you love Yates' work. The tower is next to a clear stream which reflects it in all its beauty. Special admission for over 60s and tea/coffee served by the person in charge.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unexpectedly stunning tower, tucked away on a charming country road. The setting and the stones are inspirational. Understand Yeats captivation with Thoor Ballylee. There is an air of mystery, of the unexpected, climbing the winding stair. This is no ruin, but a living space, where...More

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Reviewed 15 June 2018

Visited this centre following a recommendation from Portumna Workhouse. Am delighted we did as you can literally feel the history of the place. We often talk about the great Irish dead Writers, but you can actually feel Yeats in the place. Well done to all...More

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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

I'm so glad we finally visited this lovely place! Went on the 1st June, which is the first day of their summer opening hours (10am-6pm). The weather was great which does help. We don't drive, but getting a taxi from Gort was quite easy. The...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2018

Thoor Ballylee is one of those remarkable places where you feel you can almost touch history. Inspite of flooding and other difficulties a remarkable group of local volunteers have kept this place open and authentic, allowing you to sit a while in the rooms that...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2018

Lovely. If you're a fan of Yeats, stop by this peaceful retreat. The castle tower is sparsely furnished, but is nestled in the woods and is a lovely way to get in touch with the writer. The film and the displays downstairs are informative, the...More

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Reviewed 19 May 2018

Made this long anticipated visit and it was beyond my wildest hopes! The scenery and the ambiance alone make it well worth the trip but beyond that, the volunteer staff go out of their way to make sure that you have a most unforgettable experience....More

1  Thank Patricia M
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

Thoor Ballyee wasn't open for the season yet when we visited, but it was a beautiful spring day and the grounds were lovely!

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

Thoor Ballylee is a fortified Norman tower house built by the de Burgo family near the town of Gort, Co Galway. It was also the home for a period in the 1920’s to poet and Nobel Laureate William Butler Yeats and his family. Yeats is...More

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

There is a small car park here (free) making a visit easy. It is a short walk to the tower and cottage where Yeats and his wife lived. The tower can be visited for a modest fee (5 Euros). The facility and gift shop are...More

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Response from janeedington | Reviewed this property |
I would imagine you would find some sort of transport from Gort. They have a tourist info service there who could tell you. I was driving so don’t have first hand knowledge.
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