Muckross House

Star of a Million Holiday Snaps

Muckross House is the quintessential Victorian mansion. Wreathed in ivy, the house rises from superbly designed gardens, the light from nearby Muckross Lake glinting off hundreds of diamond-paned windows. Muckross House is situated in the heart of Killarney National Park, on a small peninsula between Muckross Lake and Lough Leane, just ten minutes’ drive from the Killarney Park Hotel. Talk to our Concierge to organise your visit.

Enjoy a guided tour of the house and step back in time to the world of the 19th century. The elegantly furnished rooms in the upper storey depict the lives of the landed gentry in the mid-1800s; the more basic accommodation in the basement reveals what life was like for the servants employed in the house. A centre focused on Kerry folk life contains workshops where bookbinders, potters, and weavers demonstrate their work. You may buy samples in the craft shop, next to the excellent cafe/restaurant.

Muckross Gardens offer an impressive setting for the house, with flowing lawns, a water garden, an acclaimed arboretum, and an exceptional limestone rockery. The gardens are noted particularly for shrubs such as rhododendrons and azaleas. You could spend hours strolling through the gardens and enjoying the elegant setting before returning to the Killarney Park Hotel – a fitting complement to the beauty on its doorstep.

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