Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, Killarney

(4.6/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We didn't know anything about the Muckross House but were told by the locals it was worth a visit. Cost us 9 Euros by cab to get there. Turned out to be well worth the visit. The interior was like so ...  more »
  • Insanely beautiful park, Castle and nature. A delightful combination of colors and paints the flora and fauna. Fabulous views. Great Atmosphere. The mild climate.
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  • I've taken the house tour about nine times and each time I like it even more. Very informative tour guide and the house is kept in such great condition that the relatively small entry cost is excellen...  more »
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  • This house is a guided tour every hour, with the tour taking about an hour as well. The ground are beautiful, and the Abbey ruins worth dedicating some time to. The falls nearby are also worth visiting. Our house guide was very knowledgeable and led a good tour. She spoke well, was informed, and moved us from room to room in a good flow. There are a lot of carriages outside, and they will likely try to convince you for a tour around the grounds. Our driver was nice, young, and told us a lot about the area. To me it was worth it for the experience and seeing a lot more of the ground than I would have covered otherwise. This was not peak tourist season though, so it is probably more pushy at different times of the year.
  • Very beautifully restored Victorian house. Excellent guide. Beautiful surroundings: gardens all around and the whole complex lies in a national park. Minus one star because you aren't allowed to take photographs in the house.
  • Beautiful grounds with a lot of space for children to play in. Definitely spare some time for a stroll and relax in the peaceful garden.
  • Very nice grounds and gardens. One could spend the whole day there. The house tour is well worth doing. Good food at the café. The farm visit is also worth doing.
  • We were delighted with the cafeteria offerings for tea or lunch. Very clean and a good variety of choices in the gift shop. We took the Farm Tour and found it informative and a good representation of the class levels housing open to farm workers. There's a bus to take you all the way around, you can hop on an off, or walk the route. Not a fast tour by any stretch. We found period appropriate guides at each stop with a peat and wood fire on the hearth.