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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  • It was great to revisit this site it is refurbished and you can go up the tower. We walked to Muckross House from there and back great views.  more »
  • In all our years travelling to Killarney, this was our first visit to the Abbey . The yew tree in the centre is a sight to behold . It is wonderful to just wander through the ruins at your leisure...  more »
  • You can ride your bike right up to the abbey. We walked around the grounds, checked out the history and headstones. Beautiful photos and amazing Yew tree still in the middle. Such a fascinating place....  more »
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  • This is an amazing old church hidden from the main sites. It does have graves with rich family history. The site faces the lake and feels like a archaeological site. There is a beautiful tree growing in the middle of the building, offering a unique viewpoint. Not as crowded and can ride a bike to this site. Has amazing masonry work, carvings, and writing to explore and photograph. Enjoy
  • Totally hidden gem here. The abbey sports a giant yew tree in the middle of a central square cloister, and it's awe-inspiring to look at. I feel like it's impossible to not notice the tranquility of the scene. The abbey also has a lot of old nooks and crannies that are great exploring for kids. Our group had a few and we ended up playing a few games of hide and seek there, and it was the most fun I've had playing with kids - there were legitimate hiding places for people of all sizes.
  • You can walk up and down and in and out of this beautiful Abbey. It's so cool emursing yourself in this kind of history. Definitely make this a stop in Ireland.
  • Beautiful abbey. It has a stunning yew tree inside which gives the place a unique feeling. You can walk around on the ground floor and use some stairs to go to the top levels. It also has a cementery on the outside. I definitely recommend visiting this abbey.
  • Not a required visit but if you're in the park, kinda cool to take a step back in time. Eerie feeling exploring the place. Don't touch the tree!

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