KillarneyIreland

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Explore the cobbled streets, 19th-century architecture and beautiful walking trails of this Irish town known for its pub culture, hospitality and mountain surrounds.

Killarney is known as the gateway to the County or “Kingdom” of Kerry. The small town’s natural surroundings, including woodland, lakes and high peaks, are its biggest draws. The town itself is a popular destination for visitors year-round, thanks to its 19th-century architecture, narrow cobbled streets and lively pub culture.

Killarney is located in the southwest of Ireland and surrounded by Killarney National Park. The town is the starting point for the famous Ring of Kerry tourist route. This 110-mile (177-kilometer) drive takes in forests, waterfalls and rugged coastline.

Explore Killarney’s narrow lanes and stumble across cafés and craft shops. Visit 19th-century landmarks, such as St. Mary's Cathedral and Muckross House. The small town center is easy to navigate on foot.

Killarney has a long tradition of hospitality and offers plenty of hotels and bed and breakfast accommodations. Fierce competition among pubs and restaurants keeps quality high. Visit one of the many venues offering live music and entertainment and join locals in having a rowdy good time, especially on weekends. If you’re looking for something quieter, visit midweek, or ask locals for current recommendations.

From raucous St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to Christmas festivities, Killarney hosts a variety of festivals year-round. The town is especially busy in the summer months of July and August. Visit during these peak seasons to participate in the special celebrations or come in spring or autumn to avoid the crowds.

Venture outside the town on scenic hiking trails or tourist drives to reach the three Lakes of Killarney and the peaks of the national park. Killarney sits on the shores of Lough Leane. Take a boat tour or simply walk around this lake and enjoy mountain views. Torc Waterfall and many other nature spots are also easy to reach on foot or by car from Killarney town.

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Top hotels in Killarney

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Lake Hotel Killarney
The Lake Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
On The Lake Shore, Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
AU$184
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Killarney National Park and INEC Killarney. Ross Castle is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

4.7/5Exceptional! (739 reviews)

"Excellent magical and probably the most relaxing place I’ve stayed. Beautiful spot with good experienced friendly staff!!! Couldn’t recommend The Lakes Hotel highly enough."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2019

The Lake Hotel Killarney
Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
Kenmare Square, Killarney, Kerry
AU$152
per night
Feb 18 - Feb 19

Located in the heart of Killarney, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Killarney House Gardens, INEC Killarney and Killarney National Park. Ross Castle ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (439 reviews)

"Friendly staff, comfortable room and made feel welcome when we entered the hotel"…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb. 2020

Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
The Europe Hotel & Resort
The Europe Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Fossa, Killarney, Kerry
AU$402
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20

This family-friendly Killarney hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lough Leane and Killarney National Park. Killarney Golf Club and Aghadoe ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (444 reviews)

"Service top class! Great facilities & staff loved every minute"…"

Reviewed on 9 Feb. 2020

The Europe Hotel & Resort

Popular activities in Killarney

Killarney National Park
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Killarney National Park

4.5/5(18 reviews)

See the rare fauna and visit the quaint cottages adorning the picturesque lakes and forests of this mountainous national park.

Ross Castle
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Ross Castle

4/5(10 reviews)

Standing guard over the lake, this silent ruin provides a glimpse of life in an Ireland that was often a land of warring clans.

Muckross House
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Muckross House

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Enjoy varied delights on this splendid estate, which offers a look into daily life in the past, both inside a luxurious home and on a busy farm.

Ladies View
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Ladies View

4.5/5(17 reviews)

The ladies-in-waiting of an English queen were speechless at this sight. Looking out over such a lovely landscape, you might be awestruck as well.

Torc Waterfall
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Torc Waterfall

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Hidden in the mossy forest is a sight that can refresh any weary hiker, where fresh waters hurtle over stones, sheltered by a leafy canopy.

St. Mary's Cathedral
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St. Mary's Cathedral

4.5/5(12 reviews)

In a green field stands an impressive cathedral especially beloved by its townsfolk. Inside, find a welcoming community church decorated with beautiful stained glass.

Top activities in Killarney

1-Day Ring of Kerry Rail Tour
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1-Day Ring of Kerry Rail Tour

AU$192

Escape Dublin for a journey to Country Kerry and experience the vibrant Irish countryside. Observe the mountains, lakes, and rugged coastline that define the region. Drive the famed Ring of Kerry to see quaint villages.

Killarney National Park Tour
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Killarney National Park Tour

AU$23

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Ross Castle Ross Road, Killarney Ireland After taking in some of the views throughout the park and learning some of the history we will be stopping at the 15th century Ross castle so you can walk around the grounds and see the castle up close.

Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Killarney
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Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Killarney

AU$103

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Kerry Bog Village Museum, Glenbeigh Ireland 18th century Irish village Duration: 20 minutes Stop At: Skelligs Chocolate Co., The Glen, Ballinskelligs Ireland Chocolate factory Duration:

Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from Killarney
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Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from Killarney

AU$29

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Ross Castle Ross Road, Killarney Ireland Enjoy a stopover here at the 15th century Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Lein in Killarney National Park Duration: 20 minutes Pass By: St.

Cycling from Killarney. Co Kerry. Self guided. Full day.
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Cycling from Killarney. Co Kerry. Self guided. Full day.

AU$34

With a wide choice of bicycles for hire, you are in the perfect position to explore the Killarney area, and in particular Muckross. Choose the right bike for you, depending on your experience and how far you want to explore.

The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park
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The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park

AU$41

There is an unspoilt nature to Ireland's most beautiful region and the Ring of Kerry provides many unforgettable memories as it passes through many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem.

Reviews of Killarney

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 8, 2019

Lots to see, beautiful countryside, great small villages, but at certain can be very busy making parking an issue.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 30, 2019

A great jumping off point for driving the ring of Kerry. People were very friendly.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Sep 24, 2019

Good nights sleep

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 21, 2019

My husband and I really liked Killarney, the restaurants and bars were great, we could have stayed longer.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 7, 2019

Wonderful national park. Boat trip across lakes and up rivers to Lord Brandon Cottage superb.

4/5 - Good

Greg

Jun 25, 2019

Very close to Muckross house, the town isn't too far & convenient location to do the Ring Of Kerry.