If you are visiting Kerry then you should visit one of its great highlights – the world-renowned Muckross House. This nineteenth century Victorian mansion is situated amidst the spectacular scenery of Killarney National Park – Ireland’s premier National Park.
The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney’s three lakes, famed worldwide for their splendour and beauty. As a focal point within Killarney National Park, Muckross House is the ideal base from which to explore this landscape. Visit the elegantly furnished rooms, which portray the lifestyles of the Gentry and, downstairs, experience the working conditions of the servants employed in the house.
Next to the house, relive the past at Muckross Traditional Farms complete with three working farms from Kerry of the 1930’s. Meet the bean a tÍ’s and watch the farmers as they work in the fields. Children will just love the various farm animals and play area. Visitor can also enjoy a free trip on the Muckross Coach.
Both Muckross House and Traditional Farms are fully accredited Museums.
At their magnificent Garden Restaurant you can enjoy a main course or just a light snack from their self-service counter. All their home-cooked food is reasonably priced and they offer children’s meals.
Visit their Craft Centre and see the Potters, Weavers and Bookbinders at work, free of charge. In their Craft Shop they have a huge selection of reasonably priced gifts for all ages.
While you are there, don’t forget to have a ramble in Muckross gardens and enjoy the freedom of the many nature trails in Killarney National Park.
Open Daily Year Round
See the website for details.
Last admission: 1 hour before closing time
Visit duration: Allow 1 hour to take a scheduled guided tour of Muckross House. Muckross Traditional Farms are on a 70 acre site accessible by foot. A visit to the Traditional Farms takes a minimum of 90 minutes but visitors are welcome and encouraged to take as long as they please.
Muckross House Closed: December 24 to 26 and January 1
LANGUAGES: Guided tours and leaflets available in English only.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Café serving breakfast, light lunches and desserts. Closes 30 minutes before retail store.
SHOPPING: Gift shop selling the largest range of Waterford Crystal in the world.
PARKING: Paid car parking available nearby on Bolten Street (€1.00 per hour). Free coach parking on-site.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilet.
GROUPS: Group rates available (minimum numbers apply). Pre-booking required.
WI-FI: Free Wi-Fi available.
WALKING TRAILS: Choice of two moderate walks – 4.5km Torc Waterfall Loop and 15km Muckross Lake Loop. Start and finish at Muckross House.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS:
Located approximately 6km (3.6 miles) from Killarney town centre, along the main Kenmare road (N71) Muckross House and Gardens represent the focal point and nucleus of Killarney National Park. This is Ireland’s oldest National Park and it includes the world famous Lakes of Killarney, as well as the mountains and woodlands that surround them.
Killarney National Park, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
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