Killarney in County Kerry is one of Ireland’s most visited tourist destinations in Ireland, with so much to enjoy and discover. People have come from around the world for many years to explore and experience this place of heaven. I have chosen the following list of the best places and attractions to be found in Killarney.
MUCKROSS HOUSE: is a 65 room mansion house designed by William Burns and completed in 1843.Queen Victoria visited Killarney and stayed at the house in 1861.This is one of the most visited tourist attraction in Ireland with house tours, traditional farms, garden restaurant and craft shop to enjoy. In 1932,William Bourne and Arthur Vincent gifted Muckross House and the accompanying 11,00 acres to the Irish State and also creating Ireland’s first National Park.
ROSS CASTLE :is a 15th Century castle near the shores of Lough Leane and one of the last fortresses to succumb to Cromwellian forces in Ireland. This castle was once ruled by the O’Donoghue clan and daily tours are available to enjoy all of its fantastic interior.
TORC WATERFALL: is a beautiful Waterfall located at the base of Torc Mountain. It is 70-80 feet in height and is 8 km from Killarney. Other than the amazing waterfall, hiking to the summit of Torc Mountain is a great experience or walking the nearby Muckross loop trail.
SAINT MARY’S CATHEDRAL :is a Roman Catholic Cathedral built between 1842-1855 and was designed by English architect Augustus Welby Pugin.This Cathedral is greatest example of neo Gothic revival in Ireland.
MUCKROSS ABBEY: is an Ecclesiastical site in Killarney National Park. It was founded in 1448 as a Franciscan Friary and is 1.5 km from Muckross House.