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Kerry County Museum

Kerry County Museum is a museum located in Tralee, County Kerry. The museum is based in the Ashe Memorial Hall in the centre of Tralee. The aim of the museum is to collect, record, preserve and display the material heritage of Co. Kerry. Under the National Monuments Act (1994) and the National Cultural Institutions Act (1997), it is a designated repository for archaeological artefacts in Co. Kerry. The contains artefacts from throughout the history of Kerry including sunflower pins worn from the Bronze Age, and duelling pistols used by the Liberator, Daniel O'Connell, in the early nineteenth century. It incorporates the theme park 'Kerry: The Kingdom' and an exhibit which depicts life in medieval Geraldine (from the FitzGerald family) Tralee in 1450.

For general enquiries please contact Kerry County MuseumAshe Memorial Hall, Denny Street, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, Tel: +353 (0)66 712 7777, E-mail:

Kerry County Museum
Photograph © Kglavin

Muckross House

Muckross House (Irish: Theach Mhucrois) is located on the small Muckross Peninsula between Muckross Lake and Lough Leane, two of the lakes of Killarney, 6 kilometers (4 mi) from the town of Killarney in County Kerry. Muckross House is a mansion designed by the Scottish architect, William Burn, that was built in 1843 for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert. With sixty-five rooms, it was built in the Tudor style. The house, gardens and traditional farms are all free and open to the public, with guided tours of the house's rooms available for a small feeThe house, gardens and traditional farms are all free and open to the public, with guided tours of the house's rooms available for a small fee. he front entryway has a plethora of mounted trophy heads, including an enormous rack of antlers from the Irish Elk (extinct), found preserved in a local bog. The dining room features an extremely large and beautiful table, family portraits on the walls, and a Waterford chandelier. Further on, in the parlor, you will see beautiful inlaid wooden games tables, fireplace screens, and other original furniture. The rooms that Queen Victoria stayed in are on this level and include an external staircase, in case of fire. Upstairs, you can see the Master bedroom (and dressing room) and the children's room. there is handicap parking right next to Muckross House. You'll need to communicate via the gate near the visitor centre/gift shop to gain access.

For more information and enquirieries please contact Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms, The National Park, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland, Tel: +353 64 66 70144

Muckross House, view from the side

Ross Castle

Ross Castle is the ancestral home of the O'Donoghue clan though it is better known for its association with the Brownes of Killarney who owned it until recently. It is located on the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park, County Kerry. The castle is typical of strongholds of Irish chieftains built during the Middle Ages. The tower house had square bartizans on diagonally opposite corners and a thick end wall. The tower was originally surrounded by a square bawn defended by round corner towers on each end. t is possible to go on boat trips on the lake leaving from Ross Castle during the summer. Some of the smaller boats will allow you to visit Innisfallen Island on the lake during the summer. Ross Castle is located along the Ring of Kerry, a scenic driving route, and the Kerry Way, a similar hiking path.

For more information and enquiries please contact Ross Castle, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Telephone No: +353 64 6635851, E-mail:

Ross Castle on the Edge of Lough Leane
Photograph © HansWurst

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