Muckross House

Located in the heart of Killarney National Park, this historic treasure offers a delightful escape into nature and history. Whether you’re a culture enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking for a peaceful retreat, Muckross House has something to offer everyone. Join me as we explore the wonders of Muckross Estate and uncover its intriguing past.

Explore the Enchanting Muckross House and Gardens

Immerse yourself in the peaceful and serene atmosphere of Muckross House and Gardens. Located in a breathtaking setting amidst the stunning Killarney National Park, the nineteenth-century house offers a truly enchanting experience for visitors.

Muckross House
Muckross House

This grand mansion dates back several centuries and has been lovingly preserved to showcase its architectural beauty and historical importance. It was originally built for Henry Arthur Herbert by a well-known Scottish architect William Burn in 1843.

As you wander through the meticulously groomed gardens, you’ll be captivated by the beauty of nature in every corner. From vibrant flower alleys, and woods to the Muckross Lake, the gardens provide a perfect backdrop for a leisurely stroll and moments of quiet reflection.

Step Back in Time at the Charming Traditional Farm

Kissane’s: Step Back into the Past on Muckross Traditional Farms takes you on a captivating journey through the enchanting era of daily chores and rural life in Ireland in the 1930s and 1940s.

In this quaint traditional farm, the rhythm of daily life still revolved around traditional tasks like drawing water from the well, untouched by the modern convenience of electricity that had yet to grace the countryside.

Horses were crucial for farming in that era, as they provided the necessary horsepower and traditional farm machinery.

The farmer’s life followed a cyclical pattern, with activities guided by the changing seasons and weather conditions in Ireland’s mild climate.

Foley’s is nestled within the idyllic surroundings of Muckross Traditional Farms, a haven for those seeking a taste of rural tranquility. Similar in style, it is furnished with traditional elements such as dressers, and settle beds.

Step into a world of wonder at this extraordinary farm, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant life of animals, poultry, and machinery.

In addition to all that, the farm boasts other remarkable structures like the charming Labourer’s Cottage, the bustling Carpenter’s Workshop, and the fiery Blacksmith’s Forge.

Step into the historic schoolhouse on Muckross Traditional Farms and transport yourself back to 1831, when Ireland embraced the groundbreaking concept of state-sponsored primary education.

The Irish school was constructed in approximately 1910 and comprises two rooms. In a dazzling display of multitasking, each teacher gracefully juggles multiple classes within the confines of a single classroom. Students were tasked with bringing turf to fuel the roaring open fire.

Experience the joy of getting up close and personal with adorable farm animals at the enchanting Farm Animal Petting Area! This area features a thrilling and fun-filled Bouncy Castle for an added dose of entertainment.

Muckross Craft Shop

Step into their shop and be amazed by their extensive collection of clothing, ranging from trendy outdoor wear to stylish accessories, all carefully curated by renowned brands like Jack Murphy, etc.

Discover a stunning selection of contemporary and traditional knitwear from renowned brands like Carrig Donn and Nua.

Treat yourself to stylish and comfortable casual clothing for women from Tulchan and Lady Laura. Customers can find glassware from brands such as Newgrange and Killarney Crystal in the giftware department.

In addition, there is a wide selection of traditional Irish gifts that are highly sought after by international tourists.

The shop offers a variety of items, including jewelry, food, books, cards, music, and novelty gifts, that cater to both domestic and international visitors of all ages and preferences.

The Craft Workshops of Muckross Pottery, Muckross Weaving, and Muckross Conservation Bookbindery are located next to the Muckross Craft Shop.

The workshops provide a comprehensive selection of their products for purchase in the store. The Mucros Craft Shop emphasizes its commitment to offering quality products, a wide selection, and good value in a picturesque setting.

Indulge in Culinary Delights at the Muckross House Restaurant and Cafe

The Garden Restaurant at Muckross is an ideal choice for people seeking a serene dining experience amidst the stunning landscape of Killarney National Park.

Immerse yourself in a breathtaking dining experience as the Torc and Mangerton Mountains provide an enchanting backdrop, showcasing stunning views of the historic Victorian Walled Garden area.

Indulge in a delightful dining experience at their modern, self-service restaurant boasting 170 seats.

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the conservatory area, nestled beside the meticulously restored Victorian glasshouses, where visitors can revel in breathtaking scenery all year round.

It’s a lunchtime haven that beckons both Muckross wanderers and Killarney locals alike. 

Uncover the Fascinating History of Muckross House

Delve into the intriguing history of Muckross House spanning several centuries. From its beginnings as a lavish Victorian mansion to its transformation into a national treasure, Muckross House holds a wealth of captivating stories.

Step inside this sixty-five-room grand estate and learn about the prominent families who once called Muckross House their home. The Herbert family, in particular, left an indelible mark on the region, with their significant contributions to the local community.

Marvel at the architectural and design features that make this Victorian country mansion a masterpiece of its time.

Throughout the years, the house has witnessed significant historical events, and its walls hold secrets and tales of the past.

From royal visits to political gatherings, Muckross House has played a significant role in shaping the history of Ireland.

Today, visitors have the opportunity to explore most rooms and admire the exquisite furnishings and decor that have been expertly preserved and maintained. Immerse yourself in the splendor of the drawing rooms, bedrooms, and dining halls.

Join a guided tour to gain a deeper understanding of the history and significance of this remarkable house. Knowledgeable guides will share fascinating stories and anecdotes, shedding light on the lives of the people who once lived within these walls.

The tour offers a glimpse into the daily lives of the families who resided in Muckross House, providing insights into their lifestyles, interests, and contributions to the local community.

Be sure to keep an eye out for notable artifacts and art pieces that adorn the walls, each holding its own significance in the house’s story.

From beautiful paintings to intricate tapestries, you’ll find yourself captivated by the artistic treasures within the House.

Discover the Beautiful Surroundings: Muckross Lake Loop (Free)

One of the highlights of visiting Muckross House is the opportunity to explore the breathtaking surroundings of the Muckross Lake Loop. This scenic trail is a haven for nature enthusiasts and outdoor lovers.

Muckross Boat House
Muckross Boat House

As you embark on the Muckross Lake Loop, be prepared to be enchanted by the stunning scenery that surrounds you. The trail takes you through lush forests, and around a serene lake. It’s a truly immersive experience where you can connect with nature and enjoy the tranquility of the Irish countryside.

Entrance to Dinis Cottage in Killarney National Park
Dinis Cottage

On the lake loop take a detour to visit Torc Waterfall, Muckross Abbey, and go in for a bite to eat in Dinis Cottage.

Torc Waterfall in the summertime
Torc Waterfall

Keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife that inhabits the area. You may spot graceful deer, playful red squirrels, or a variety of bird species that call this place home.

Don’t forget to bring your camera, as you will undoubtedly come across numerous picturesque spots along the way.

Killarney National Park old tree
Killarney National Park

Whether you choose to cycle or walk the Muckross Lake Loop, you’re in for a treat. The trail offers options for all fitness levels, making it accessible for everyone.

So, put on your walking shoes or hop on a bike and get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty of this enchanting landscape.

Get a Jarvey Ride to Muckross House from Killarney

Immerse yourself in the nostalgic charm of Ireland by taking a jarvey ride to Muckross House from Killarney. This traditional mode of transportation will transport you back in time and allow you to experience the way people used to travel in the Irish countryside.

Jarvey trip in Killarney National Park
Jarvey trip in Killarney National Park

As you embark on this enchanting journey, you’ll be surrounded by the sights, sounds, and scents of the beautiful Irish landscape. Sit back, relax, and take in the breathtaking views as you make your way to Muckross House.

Feel a sense of connection to the past as you listen to the clip-clopping of the horse’s hooves and the jingle of the harness. This slow-paced mode of travel gives you the opportunity to truly appreciate the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Convenient Parking Options near Muckross House

Finding parking near Muckross House is easy and convenient, allowing you to enjoy your visit without any worries. Here are some parking options:

  • On-site Parking: Muckross House provides a spacious on-site parking area for visitors. You can park your vehicle conveniently near the entrance, making it convenient for you to explore all that Muckross House has to offer.

If you prefer not to drive, there are alternative transportation options available:

  • Public Transportation: You can reach Muckross House by taxi. It is only 5.5 km from Killarney Town Centre
  • Horse and Trap: For a unique and authentic experience, consider taking a Jarvey from Killarney to Muckross House. This traditional mode of transportation allows you to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Irish countryside as you make your way to Muckross House.

Muckross House, Gardens, and Traditional Farms Admission Prices

 Muckross GardensMuckross HouseTraditional FarmsHouse & Farm
Groups, Senior Citizen, Student (over 18)Free€6.00€6.00€10.00
Child (aged 3-5)FreeFree€5.00€5.00
Child (aged 6-18)Free€5.00€5.00€8.00
Family (2+2)Free€20.00€20.00€28.00
Family (2+3)Free€23.00€23.00€32.00
Muckross House, Gardens, and Traditional Farms Admission Prices


Visiting Muckross House is truly a captivating experience that allows you to immerse yourself in the history, beauty, and charm of Ireland.

Whether you explore the enchanting gardens (free), step back in time at the traditional farm, indulge in culinary delights at the restaurant and cafe, or uncover the fascinating history of Muckross House, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Don’t miss the opportunity to take a guided tour and admire the exquisite furnishings and decor that make Muckross House a true masterpiece.

And for those who appreciate nature, the Muckross Lake Loop offers a beautiful and scenic walking and cycling trail.