Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, Killarney

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Garden Historic Site
Located within the country's oldest national park, Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms counts among Europe's foremost Victorian estates. Built in 1843 for artist Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the 65-room mansion still contains most of its original furnishings, offering insight into the lifestyle of Victorian nobility. The surrounding gardens, developed in 1861 in anticipation of a visit by Queen Victoria, now contain a modern self-service restaurant and fully restored Victorian glasshouses. Be sure to ask your guide to show you the nearby traditional farms, offering a peek at rural life of the 1930s before electricity swept the countryside. Check the website for operating hours and upcoming special events. Arrange your visit to Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms and discover more family-friendly attractions in Killarney using our Killarney itinerary planner.
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  • A wonder of nature spread out over 26,000 acres inside the hustle bustle town of Kilarney. Very old trees, red deer, ravens and magpies, o my! Lightweight, horse drawn jaunting cars clipclop around th...  more »
  • We did not visit the house, but did visit the craft shop, abbey and walked the grounds. We also took a jaunting car (horse carriage) around for a bit and had a great time. The abbey was one of the bes...  more »
  • We decided to skip Blarney Castle due to the long line ups, and parking issues. We came to Muckross House instead. We started with a lovely lunch, which was cafeteria style. But it was reasonable and ...  more »
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  • Easy to find, loads of parking. Liked the grounds but thought the house was a bit plain on the outside. Didn't go inside. We took a carriage ride, 12 Euro per person. A bit much for what you get. The public toilets are a plus and the open green. Nice for a picnic. There are always loads of tourists but the grounds are big enough.
  • Beautiful hotel for the price we paid. Staff was exemplary and the meal we had at the restaurant was one of the best I've had, ever. If you have the funds, I would definitely recommend this place to stay. Shane the bartender was a delight as well and made our night memorable. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to enjoy the spa facilities. But I do remember the staff informing us that most of the pool area is included in the price of your room.
  • You can visit the house but they don't allow photographs (you pay to visit but can't photograph) so I passed and walked in the gardens and visited the visitors' center. Very nice areas for walking. There is a lake that is quite beautiful to enjoy.
  • A national treasure for Ireland with something for everyone, from the sedentary to the active. Jaunting carts (horse-drawn buggies) with tour guides through the park's flora, fauna, and lochs; a ruined abbey with cemetery; arboreal arcades; walking; biking; shopping, particularly for woolen products; boating to mystical loch isles where Brian Boru was educated 1000 years ago; a Manor house where Queen Victoria spent several nights; a ruined castle; scones and tea; a traditional farm; gurgling waterfalls; and much much more!
  • Beautiful house in a stunning setting. This venue has to be seen to be believed; the house, its gardens, the lake, the traditional farm, garden restaurant and the craft shop combine to offer a full days entertainment for those of all ages.

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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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