Thoor Ballylee

LOCATION

GORT, COUNTY GALWAY

Recommended by
Visit England Logo

Our View

This tower house is the former home of the poet William Butler Yeats and is where he completed most of his literary works. The tower has been restored to appear exactly as it was when he lived there.

Thoor Ballylee
GORT, Co Galway
Phone : 091 631436

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Ground floor of cottage and castle accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Jun-Aug, daily 10-6; May & Sep, Mon-Fri 10-2, Sat-Sun 11-5

About the area

Discover County Galway

County Galway on the west coast features Galway a very lively city, filled with shops, cafes and bars. Thanks to its university and the number of industries that have come to the town, it combines traditional appeal with modern-day attractions. It is also one of the places where you are likely to hear Irish spoken.

In July there’s the Galway International Arts Festival, and in the last two weeks of July or the first week in August, the Galway Races are on, so things can get very busy. Medieval Galway enjoyed great prosperity through trade with the rest of Ireland, Spain and beyond.

It all came to an end after the city was attacked by Oliver Cromwell in 1652, and again by King William III in 1691, but you can see evidence of this former wealth in the decoration of ancient doorways, window frames and walls. Rich merchants would employ the best stone-carvers to adorn their town houses with their coats of arms, and with grotesque sculptures and heraldic beasts.

Why choose Rated Trips?

Your trusted guide to rated places across the UK
icon example
The best coverage

Discover more than 15,000 professionally rated places to stay, eat and visit from across the UK and Ireland.

icon example
Quality assured

Choose a place to stay safe in the knowledge that it has been expertly assessed by trained assessors.

icon example
Plan your next trip

Search by location or the type of place you're visiting to find your next ideal holiday experience.

icon example
Travel inspiration

Read our articles, city guides and recommended things to do for inspiration. We're here to help you explore the UK.