Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms
KILLARNEY, COUNTY KERRY
The 19th-century mansion house of the formerly private Muckross Estate. It now houses a museum of Kerry folklife. In the basement craft centre, a weaver, blacksmith and potter demonstrate their trades. The grounds include Alpine and bog gardens, rhododendrons, azaleas and a rock garden.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Most areas accessible but wheelchair users may be restricted due to limitations of historic building.
- Facilities: Platform lift & elevators, special trail for visually impared, audiovisual presentation, wheelchair available for use in house. Free complementary coach service with universal access circles farm regularly
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Gardens open all year, daily Sep-Jun, 8-6; Jul-Aug, 8-8. House open all year, daily Sep-Jun, 9-5.30; Jul-Aug, 9-7 (last admission 1hr before closing). Admission by guided tour only. Closed for 1 week at Xmas. Note automatic gates close 45mi
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About the area
Discover County Kerry
Ireland’s most easterly county, Kerry, features a coastline of many inlets and peninsulas. It’s also home to the country’s highest mountains – the three peaks of the quaintly-named MacGillycuddy's Reeks range; highest first, they are Carrauntoohil, Beenkeragh and Caher.
The Reeks are part of the Killarney National Park, which covers 26,000 acres, and was Ireland’s first. Californian William Bowers Bourn bought the Muckross estate in 1911 and presented it to the nation in 1932. The park encompasses three island-spotted lakes: Lough Leane, or Lower Lake, Muckross or Middle Lake, and Upper Lake.
Killarney itself has been a popular holiday spot since Victorian times. These days it fills to bursting point in summer and there’s a regular programme of festivals. The stately Catholic Cathedral, St Mary’s, is on the western edge. The oldest public building is Killarney House, which dates back to the 1740s.
Tralee is the county town of Kerry, the northeast gateway to the Dingle Peninsula and known for its Rose of Tralee International Festival. The town was founded in the 13th century by the Earls of Desmond.
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