Muckross Abbey, Killarney

Located in Killarney National Park, the historical Muckross Abbey is known for its long-standing structure and central courtyard. You'll notice that the abbey, founded in 1448, has been well preserved, although much of it is roofless now. Stroll the courtyard, which is surrounded by a vaulted cloister and features a giant yew tree. Over the years, three Gaelic poets, Geoffrey O'Donoghue, Aodhagan O'Rathaille, and Eoghan Rua O'Suilleabhain, were buried here. Explore the ruins of the site, which were reconstructed several times after attacks. Consider adding a trip to the nearby Muckross House to your itinerary for the day. Add Muckross Abbey to your Killarney travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Killarney itinerary app .
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  • Still has most of its structure which you can go in and see and its very safe. There is fabulous feature in the centre which is a beautiful tree!!  more »
  • It was a short walk from the parking. Awesome site with a really cool yew tree in the middle. Free as long as you can walk.  more »
  • Muckross Abbey is above beautiful castle in Ireland. It sits off on a parcel of land grand and alluring. It’s a great reminder of old school Ireland and how things were in the times when kings and que...  more »
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  • Beautiful walking tour if this historic abbey. I actually had the opportunity to walk around it at night and during the day. So wonderful.
  • Wonderful 15th century abbey. Well preserved cloister framing a 400 year old Yew tree. The Yew is in rude health, I wonder if the monk who planted it realized it would outlive the abbey. The ground floor of the abbey is fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Beautiful Abbey in amazing shape considering it had been ruins for several hundred years. Great photo opportunities. Absolutely amazing.
  • This is an amazing place, it's a ruin without ceiling but everything else is pretty intact, and you can just go in there and explore the abbey. Not really crowded, we had it more or less for ourselves. It's like a maze with all the different rooms and different floors, it was really great!
  • This is probably the best Abby in Ireland that we visited. You are able to go on multiple floors. The tree that was growing in the center is amazing. The surrounding area is amazing and beautiful. There are no restrooms near the Abbey, so be prepared. Tons of walking trails which are great and it will be a bit of a walk to get to the site.
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