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Killarney

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National Parks · Gardens · Waterfalls

Popular things to do in Killarney

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National Park
Killarney National Park
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Duration: 8 hours
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Garden
Muckross House
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Duration: 3 hours
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Valley
Gap of Dunloe
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Duration: 3 hours
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Waterfall
Torc Waterfall
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Duration: 2 hours
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs. A major tourist destination for well over two centuries, this ancient town sits in the middle of a vast national park famous for its lakes, waterfalls, dense forests, and towering mountain peaks. Compact and easily explored on foot, Killarney features a network of narrow lanes flanked by souvenir shops and bookstores. The easiest way to experience the local culture and mingle with the natives is by attending a game of Gaelic football, Ireland's national sport and one of Killarney's favorite social events. To find out how to plan a trip to Ireland, use our trip itinerary maker.

Side trips from Killarney

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Scenic Drive
Slea Head Drive Dingle Peninsula
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park Bunratty
4.4
Duration: 3h 30 min
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Castle
Blarney Castle & Gardens Blarney
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Duration: 2 hours
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Island
Skellig Michael County Kerry
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Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Killarney

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Distillery
Irish Whiskey Experience
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Other
Killarney Falconry
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Mountain
Carrantoohil
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Muckross Abbey
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Killarney

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Castle
Ross Castle
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Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Site
Killarney House
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Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Walking Area
Old Boathouse Trail
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
St. Mary's Church of Ireland
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Nature in Killarney

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Island
Innisfallen Island
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Lough Leane
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Devil's Punch Bowl
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Duration: 2 hours
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Valley
Black Valley
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Golf in Killarney

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Golf Course
Beaufort Golf Club
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Golf Course
Ross Golf Club
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Golf Course
Castlerosse Golf Club
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Golf Course
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Nightlife
Courtney's Bar
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Climbing Tour
Climbing Tours
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
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Landmark
Ladies' View
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Scenic Drive
Dingle Peninsula County Kerry
4.9
Duration: 3 hours

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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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