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Ross Castle, Killarney

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Allegedly haunted by medieval ghosts, Ross Castle sits on the edge of Lough Leane, one of three interlinked lakes within the country's most popular national park. Built in the 15th century by the region's ruling O'Donoghue clan, the castle was among the last places in Ireland to succumb to the forces of Oliver Cromwell, who occupied the country in 1650. The castle's cunning defensive features include a spiral staircase designed with each step a different height, which helped trip up would-be attackers for over a century. You can see the unusual staircase and rooms filled with 17th century oak furniture by guided tour only, so be sure to book your tickets well in advance. Plan your visit to Ross Castle and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Killarney itinerary maker.
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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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  • Enjoyed our visit. Castle was well restored and the park location was magnificent Enjoyed a cool and dry day which was perfect for sightseeing  more »
  • Ross castle is a ruin but special all the same. The landing stage for the boats is very interesting even if you don't take a boat out. There is a lovely little coffee shop and you can take your food o...  more »
  • I only walked around the outside of the castle on the lake, but my tour guide from Ring of Kerry told me about the history of the castle. Apparently it held firm against the English and other invaders...  more »
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  • We stayed on the grounds and did not go into the castle. Great photo opportunities. Public toilets and shops (post cards, drinks, food) and parking right next to the castle. Nice place for a picnic and for kids to feed the ducks. Also ok to bring a dog if you don't go into the castle. The view of the lake is amazing.
  • Cool place! Great castle partially in ruins right on the edge of the lake. Beautiful area. Just wish we would have had time to take a boat ride. We did come by jaunting cart through the national forest to get to Ross Castle and that was great.
  • Very nice castle inside Killarney Park. Outdoors viewing is free, small fee for guided tour. Beautiful castle. Well maintained grounds. Boat rides and horse carraige rides available.
  • Really cool, outer grounds make for some cool photos, we got here too late to tour the interior & the wind was punishingly strong, but it was March in Ireland, so we weren't complaining.
  • This s a fairytale castle and I got some stunning pictures here as we had clear blue sky when we visited. There is a pond with swans and ducks right in front of the castle and a little bridge to walk into the castle.. We visited around Christmas break so there wasn't any ticket office or entrance to the castle that we saw. Toilets are there here.. you can spend time sitting by the lake / river (not sure what it was) .. lets just say water body and admire the beautiful mountains with clouds dancing around them. There were a lot of people doing kayaking / canoeing in the river (sorry I cant differentiate between these two. There were also horse carriages in the area if you want to rent one and travel like a royal around the Killkarney National Park.. Don't miss this castle if you want to click some magical pictures.. You will love it!