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Rena, along with Rosemary, once again proved to be an excellent (voluntary) Guide (as she was at... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2018
Gorey, Ireland
A must for Yeats lovers!

We stumbled into this place after stopped at nearby Kiltartan House. Absolutely wonderful tour... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
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William Butler Yeats purchased this C14 Norman tower house in 1917. The Nobel prize-winning poet, playwright, Senator and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre, lived and worked here with his wife George and children Anne and Michael until 1929. Thoor...more
Gort, Ireland
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Reviewed 6 September 2018

Rena, along with Rosemary, once again proved to be an excellent (voluntary) Guide (as she was at Kiltartan Gregory Museum). We would have loved to have spent more than an hour here, tho' with 33 in our Group, we were stuck on time. Rena knows...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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NicholaB223, Coordinator at Thoor Ballylee, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2018

Thank you so much for the lovely comments. We were delighted you enjoyed your visit as we enjoyed having you

Reviewed 28 August 2018

We stumbled into this place after stopped at nearby Kiltartan House. Absolutely wonderful tour!! The folks who work here are just lovely and the tea and toast after the tour really hit the spot. Thanks for a great afternoon!!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

Yeats knew what he was at when he moved here. The scenery is breathtaking. A nice romantic tower for his wife Georgie. It's just amazing that Yeats lived here and you're allowed in! If those walls could speak. Delighted we went.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

My family and I visited here after enjoying Coole Park. Thoor Ballylee is only a few minutes from Coole Park. There is ample parking right before you reach Yeats’s famous and unique home. You walk a hundred yards or so along this quiet lane and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 30 July 2018

Brilliantly evocative of Yeats's indomitable fierce spirit: Yeats expressed in masonry. The highlight for me was looking out of the main living area onto the stream, which comes right up to the wall, and seeing it was covered in long-legged flies. Surely the famous simile...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 20 July 2018

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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
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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

Date of experience: June 2018
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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

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Lenka M
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

Date of experience: May 2018
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15 August 2017|
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.