Architectural Tour of South Galway

Architectural tour of South Galway visiting  10 centuries of buildings with FREE entry to each site and guided tour. Pre-book contact Margarita on 087 9069191 or email 

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1. Kilmacduagh Monastery

Kilmacduagh Monastery was founded in the 7th century. Five churches, a round tower and abbot’s house are what remain of this once very prosperous settlement on this iconic monastic site overlooking the Burren. The round tower, is notable as both a fine example of this particularly Irish building type but also because of its noticeable lean, over half a metre from the vertical.

2. Coole Park

Coole Park has associations with Lady Gregory and the Irish Literary Movement. It is set within a demesne which contains the site of Coole House, a walled garden and many specimen trees. A range of seven-bay two-storey former outbuildings, with three-storey central bay, c.1785 was renovated c.1995 to house a restaurant and visitors’ centre.

3. Gregory Museum

Kiltartan National School was built in 1892 at the behest of the local landlord, Sir William Gregory of Coole Park, Gort. The architect, Francis Persse, was his brother in law. Its Arts and Crafts style is very unusual in Galway as is the choice of materials used.

4. Thoor Ballylee

A 15th century tower house , renovated by architect W.A. Scott for the Nobel winning poet W.B.Yeats in the 1920s. Sited beside a bridge of 1825 it occupies a picturesque setting . (No access at present )

5. Roxborough Gates

Roxborough House , birthplace of Lady Gregory, was burned in 1922. The imposing entrance gates survive and were renovated last year using traditional materials to best conservation standards. The quality of the cast and wrought iron gates is exceptional.

6. Woodville Gardens

Woodville Gardens (including dove cote) has been restored over the last 10 years. The adjoining stables have been restored and retain many of its original features. It is now a museum and exhibits photos, letters and artifacts belonging to Lady Augusta Gregory’s family.

7. St Brendan’s Cathedral

Built in a dramatic Gothic Revival style architecture to a design by William Byrne St Brendan’s Cathedral (1897 – 1903) is of significant architectural and artistic merit, while the interior showcases a significant collection of twentieth-century Irish stained glass and other decorative arts of the period. An Túr Gloine (Tower of Glass). Evie Hone, Childe. Purser, Michael Shortall and William A. Scott are all represented.