Muckross Abbey, Killarney

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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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  • Nice place to walk around if you're in the area. The House and combine the abbey is fun. Little move, history and being outdoors.
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  • This 14th century Franciscan abbey built by the McCarthy More of that time has been a place of contemplation since that time until now. One can still feel the seance of sanctuary when walking around h...  more »
  • Well-preserved Abbey (for Ireland) located in a beautiful park. Visit the small cloister with centuries-old tree, and do not forget to go upstairs. The visit is free and free and little appreciated.
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  • 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.
  • We were lucky enough to have this place to ourselves. It was awesome! You think by first glance it's just a simple church, but once you get inside, there is so much to explore with different levels and rooms. Also is rumored to have inspired Dracula, so that's pretty awesome.
  • Ancient ruined abbey with active cemetery. Beautiful, skeletal architecture with magical courtyard. No facilities, be warned.
  • Magical place. So cool, would definitely recommend you stop by!
  • Take the carriage ride to Muckross Abbey. You'll hear a lot of history from the coachman. The abbey is peaceful and serene, but words just can't do it justice. This is a great experience that you don't want to miss

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Where to stay in Killarney

Travelers visit Killarney for the national park surrounding it, and there are plenty of places to stay in town that capitalize on the natural beauty of the valley setting. Because of its popularity, Killarney has more hotel beds than any other town or city in Ireland other than Dublin. Stay at a hotel or hostel in the town's center near the bustling corner of Main Street and East Avenue Road, or find a place along the side streets off Main Street for easy access to tourist shops, local pubs, and restaurants. There are plenty of affordable bed and breakfasts or guesthouses just within walking distance from the center, or you can stay outside of town at a scenic farmhouse or luxurious resort.
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