Killarney House & Gardens
Jewel in the Crown of Killarney National Park
Hailed as the jewel in the crown of Killarney, the huge restoration work on Killarney House and Gardens will bring the Killarney National Park right into the heart of our town and create the largest urban park in the world.
A total of €7m has been invested in the restoration of the house and formal gardens reflecting in part the style of 18th century French chateaux and 20th century Edwardian properties. Work is still continuing on the house and gardens, once home to the Earls of Kenmare.
In the 1950s, it was bought by the American McShain family, which, in turn, sold the house and thousands of acres of parklands to the State for a nominal sum to ensure it would forever be enjoyed by the Irish public.
Now magnificently revamped, and the Killarney House project is one of the few such to have been advanced during the economic downturn of the mid to late Noughties. The uniqueness of Killarney House Gardens is that they open from the centre of town to the stunning panorama of the National Park. This magnificent property is a prologue to some of the most stunning natural scenery in the world.
Access to Killarney's newest attraction is via a new side entrance, alongside the Monsignor O’Flaherty statue on the Mission Road, which shall complement the restored Golden Gates on the Muckross Road and three centuries of garden styles will be reflected in the restoration and landscaping work.
The Gardens opened to the public on Sunday April 3rd to much excitement, and shall open every weekend. Planting works will be continuing in the Gardens for the next few weeks and a full opening will take place in July 2016.