Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms

Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms

Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms
4.5
Historic SitesGardensScenic Walking Areas
10:00 - 18:00
Monday
09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday
09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday
09:30 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
About
We have made the decision to close Muckross House, Craft Centre & Garden Restaurant until March 29th in order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus. We have a social responsibility to our staff, families & customers to do what is right. Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you when this temporary setback passes. Muckross House, Gardens, and Traditional Farms represent the focal point and nucleus of Killarney National Park. This is Ireland's oldest National Park, and it includes the world famous Lakes of Killarney, as well as the mountains and woodlands that surround them. Muckross and Killarney National Park are open daily all year round (expect the Christmas period). Please refer to website for more details on opening times & prices.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Margaretc191
    London, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent parking at Muckross House.
    We are regular visitors to Muckross House & Gardens. The whole experience is excellent. A real welcome addition this year is the new FREE parking for visitors. Am not usually excited about a car park, but the work and result at Muckross House is well worth a special mention.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • fjh2022
    Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic house with lots of see and do
    Muckross house steeped in history. We took a horse and cart to the waterfall which was beautiful to see. The horse seemed to be well looked after or I wouldn’t have gone. They are based outside the house. Lots of ornaments and artwork. Lots of history. Lake on the land adds to the experience. Cafe and gift shop.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Michael G
    Urbandale, Iowa15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you enjoy history and old home tours, Muckross is a must see.
    Amazing self led tour of a beautifully maintained house and gardens, tour allows you a lot of space and freedom to explore the house. Furgus was a tremendous host in the house who provided a great history lesson for the house, region and Ireland. If you like history and tours of old mansions, this is a must do in the Killarney area.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Geodd2
    Penrith, United Kingdom1,025 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Staff with vast knowledge
    Visited Muckross House and gardens at Killarney as part of a coaching holiday. All staff from Admission to House and restaurant were caring, friendly and knowledgeable. The house was amazing. Restaurant food was great. Gardens outstanding with fantastic views of the lake and Macgillycuddy Reeks. This is well worth a visit
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 August 2023
  • fayeharlin
    Franklin, Tennessee58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A delightful experience
    We stopped here on the way from Dingle to Kinsale. The house and gardens are lovely, I can only imagine staying here and looking out the bedroom windows over the gardens and lake with the hills in the background. Fortunately, the rain held off long enough for us to visit the gardens outside, but not enough for our visit to the traditional farm. Thankfully a shuttle is provided for transportation between the houses/exhibits on the farm. It would have been a lovely, easy walk in better weather. The hostesses in the different houses were making Irish soda bread and butter, that was available for tasting. They were wonderful in explaining what life on the farm would have been like in Ireland in the 1930s. We finished up back in the Garden Restaurant at the main house. A perfect choice for a rainy day, the Shepherd's Pie was amazing! I highly recommend this experience!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Caitriona C
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wheelchair accessible
    Muckross house, traditional farm & grounds are wheelchair friendly & all the staff were extreamly helpful. Hallways & door frames of some of the buildings are thight (but they are old buildings after all) but doable if your careful. Wheelchair lifts available in Muckross house for all floors. The only downfall is there are no changing places facilities (hoist & changing bench) for severly disabled visitors. The Disabled bathrooms are small & cramped & very difficult to get wheelchair in & close door (when disabled person needs assistance) Only for the lack of changing places facilities for severly disabled older children/adolescents/adults I would have given 5 stars.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Kiamom
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    House and Garden Tour
    My husband and I visited the Muckross House and Gardens during our visit to Killarney National Park. Our entrance fee was covered by the Irish Heritage Pass-Department of Public Works. Without the pass, the fee is 7 euros or 12 euros for a combined ticket for farms and house. There are numerous rooms to tour with information boards explaining the history of the house and people who lived there. It is self guided so you can take as long as you like to visit. The gardens are lovely. There is plenty of free parking. There is a cafe, shop and restrooms in a nearby complex .
    Visited June 2023
    Written 17 August 2023
  • clevertravelers
    Newtown, Pennsylvania341 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Interesting history and beautiful grounds. Knowledgeable docents who were more than happy to share the history of the home, its owners and architect. Gorgeous grounds on the lake and easy access to hiking trails. Free parking. Go early.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 September 2023
  • onerebecca
    Birmingham, Michigan143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Tour
    What a lovely house and gardens. I recommend going here. It’s $12 euro to do a self guided tour through the house and animal petting farm. The house is beautiful and we really enjoyed being able to see the relics and furnishings throughout the home. The petting farm really isn’t a petting farm. You see goats, chickens, pigs and horses, but you don’t get touch them except the horses who were outside of the barn by chance. You do not need to pre-book this tour in the month of September there weren’t lines and it was really enjoyable.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Tracy H
    22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Muckross House and Grounds inside the national park
    Great place to visit just inside the national park. We did not even go into the Muckross house and still had a great time. We took a horse and buggy to the waterfall close by(highly suggest hiring a buggy and driver). We then walked through the gardens of Muckross and were highly impressed.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
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Tony H
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Muckross House and Gardens are stunning with wonderful views and well kept gardens. It is obvious that all the workers are very dedicated and proud of their environment . However once you stray from the house and journey around the middle lake towards Dinis Cottage the roads are a disgrace and I would not recommend cycling in this area.Its a shame on the management of the National Parks that there is no effort to repair the paths and make them safe for families of all ages
Written 15 July 2020
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IzzyKaz
Ballivor, Ireland20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
We didn't realise how big this place was so did arrived until 1pm, however we should have definitely gone earlier morning as there is so much to do and see.
The house was nice, however there weren't much by way of people telling you much about it, it was self guided and the leaflet had only a small amount of information. The lady in the kitchen nearer the end of the tour was lovely though and provided some information.
We didn't get to see the fill gardens just a small rock garden near the restaurant. We skipped the restaurant as there was a fairly large queue and no seating free so I would definitely suggest brining a picnic.
When we first arrive at the house entrance there were some Januting car drivers right there. One approached us to ask if we want to go up to the waterfall, we initially stated we might later, he asked again and I advised we had no cash to which he offered to take us to the Abbey that had an atm or we could use Revolut. So we reluctantly agreed. While the man was pleasant and we had thought about going on one anyway it did take our time away from the farm which was our main reason to visit. Also being put on the spot we forgot to confirm the price beforehand, it turned out to be €60 for a short journey up to the waterfall and back the same way. It was myself, my mother and young daughter and on reflection I feel this was a little expensive, the journey while the views were pretty was brief and we actually felt a bit sorry for the horse also as she seemed tired and hot.
The last visit was to the farm and it did not disappoint!! We just wish we had more time there.
We will return again for the farm and gardens and walking to see the views, armed with a picnic and the ability to decline the jaunting car drivers perseverance for custom 🙃
Written 15 May 2022
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ORourkesIreland
Wexford, Ireland37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Free to get in. Ideal place if you want to hire bikes. A bit chaotic in the restaurant, however, selection was good and setting is very nice. Staff were a little timid in getting people to que in the right ques. We qued for about 5 minutes in one que before we were told that we were in the Ice Cream que. We were just looking for a cuppa. We moved to a different one, where a lady took all our details (phone number, name etc) when she then realised that we were put in the wrong que and moved us again. However, if you got in the right que (sign posts would be great - or even staff shouting as to what que to join) the place is lovely. I recommend hiring bikes and cycling around the park. Definitely a great day out.
Written 12 August 2020
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Martin Carroll
Winchester, VA614 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
If you are in Killarney and you are interested in Irish history, I highly recommend that you make a stop at the "Muckross House" which is located in the Killarney National Park. The tour of the house is excellent as it provides the history of the time. The gardens are beautiful. The house was built in 1843. In 1932, the owners of the house presented it to the Irish People.

The Muckross House is located in the Killarney National Park which is less than a mile from the center of the city of Killarney.

You can take a ride in a traditional "Jaunting Cart" our to view the waterfall which is woods around the beautiful open land of the Park !
Written 12 March 2022
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RSsydney
Sydney, Australia1,151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
My wife's colleague is from Ireland and recommended that we visit Muckross House especially to see the gardens. We drove there on our way from Kilkenny (via The Rock of Cashel) on our way to Kenmare, the display was great. We walked around the grounds and enjoyed the old world charm. We had lunch at the restaurant too, the lentil pie was really flavourful. Highly recommend.
Written 2 April 2020
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John M
Lurgan, UK2,251 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We were travelling around the killarney area for a few days and decided to visit the Muckross House and Gardens before we drove into town. We went for the combined ticket with the traditional farms included and we had a great time exploring the area. The house is very good and great view of the lake and surrounded by the mountains. We walked around the house and then did the tour around the farmhouses and the old school which was very interesting and would highly recommend that you do the same with your trip to Muckross House
Written 6 September 2022
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Geraldine
Cork, Ireland1,955 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We visited Muckross House recently and really enjoyed the house (very interesting with knowledgeable, friendly staff to answer questions), the gardens (really beautiful), and the traditional farm (lovely range of animals, well laid out, great kids playground). It would have been 5 stars from us except just before we were leaving we decided to have some tea and cake in the cafe. What a horrible experience - rude staff, huge delays (due to the same person taking your payment also making your tea), scandalous prices (E4.40 for a tiny slice of cheesecake) - absolutely appalling treatment of customers. Such a shame as until then our experience was fabulous. I'd recommend going but take your own food and stay far away from the restaurant/cafe.
Written 15 September 2020
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Sabina S
Rathdrum, Ireland29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Visited with Japanese business partners on a terrible rainy stormy day. We got soaked from the Car Park to the house. We were greeted with "No tours until 2pm", not "Hello" or "How are you". On questioning why the times of the tours are not advertised on the web or brochure, we were told that each day is different at this time of the year. After this first disappointing encounter, we did enjoy the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, kind and friendly and I would recommend a visit.
Written 10 February 2020
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JPF50
Maidstone, UK113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Lovely house with knowledgeable guides and it had lifts so that those with mobility issues could reach each floor. Excellent restaurant with plenty of seating staff were very proactive in clearing the tables so there was always availability. Food was all freshly cooked and there was a good choice. The lunch buffet was really good value for money with several choices of main courses and fresh vegetables. The deserts and cakes were mouthwatering. I think a lot of locals use it for coffee and lunch. We loved the farm with the reconstructed farmhouses and buildings showing the differences in size and income. We went on a Wednesday and the farm was extremely quiet. In two houses there were ladies making soda bread over an open turf fire and in another a lady was churning butter for an evening function. We enjoyed talking to them all and learning about the history of the buildings. The grounds of the house are extensive and the gardens easy to walk round. We loved the whole visit and were there for a good 5 hours. The carpark and gardens are free to visit and it’s an ideal place for a pop in or an extended visit.
Written 4 May 2023
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Roberta Aherne
Dunshaughlin, Ireland309 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
The house and the gardens are beautiful but very expensive unguided tour. No audio guides available either. The “hot” food in their restaurant is actually microwaved. The tasteless food I ever tried in my life. Might be worth to go to Muckross just for a walk outside and some pictures.
Written 7 September 2020
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