Muckross Abbey, Killarney

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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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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  • Staff were so friendly and the house is just gorgeous. We loved this visit. Excellent photo opportunities 
    Staff were so friendly and the house is just gorgeous. We loved this visit. Excellent photo opportunities  more »
  • While on a trip to Ireland we toured the Abbey and grounds. It was well preserved and the grounds surrounding the Abbey are very nice. If you have the time, you could easily spend 1-2 hours here. 
    While on a trip to Ireland we toured the Abbey and grounds. It was well preserved and the grounds surrounding the Abbey are very nice. If you have the time, you could easily spend 1-2 hours here.  more »
  • Anexcellent day out withso much to see and do. Very good standards throughout. Helpful and friendly guides, beautiful grounds and everything to a high standard. 
    Anexcellent day out withso much to see and do. Very good standards throughout. Helpful and friendly guides, beautiful grounds and everything to a high standard.  more »
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  • A bit meh in my opinion, a lot of the areas are dark and damp. There is no handrails given how dangerous it could potentially be going up or down the stairs. Also be careful using the car park as I spotted one of the jaunt carriage owners looking into people's cars after they had gone on their trips.
  • Beautiful abbey that is a 5 minute walk from the car park. The car park itself is small and although we were able to find parking, I could see it filling up quickly during the busy season. The abbey itself is well maintained and there is no cost to see it. We saw many abbeys during our time in Ireland but I found this one to be one of the better ones. It’s much bigger than it looks when approaching it, and there are many rooms and levels to explore. Unlike many places that are restricted, you are able to move freely through most of Muckross.
  • Great place and there is no entrance fee. One of the few abbeys where you can actually enter the building and climb to the first floor.
  • Stunning place full of history. We came by jaunting car which is the best way to get there
  • This was probably the best Abbey we saw during our 2 week visit to Ireland recently and it's free. The buildings are in good condition. It's a bit of a walk from Muckross House , around 1.5km or take a horse kart. The Abbey has a tree growing in the middle of it which is quite impressive . There are many little tunnels and stairs , all safe and easily accessible. We spent over an hour at this Abbey , really worth a visit which should include the other attractions really close by

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