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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  • We left Muckross house hotel and went for a walk and stumbled across this gem of a building. The Spa in the hotel is based on the design found inside the building. There is a Yew Tree growing in the m...  more »
  • Is about 2 kilometres from Muckross house, was founded in 1448 and destroyed by the soldiers of Cromwell in 1652, Oliviero who conquered the Ireland after almost 5 years of war. Is in ruins, but the ruins are well preserved so that you can admire the Church with a tower and cloister in the middle of which there is a huge yew tree truly spectacular. It has a Mystique, it frightens me, but worth a visit to the beautiful park which surrounds it and throughout the surrounding environment.
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  • Our group stopped at Muckross Abbey during our jaunting car tour and on our way to the estate house and gardens. The ruins are beautiful and the Yew tree within was a pleasant surprise. Our group was ...  more »
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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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