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Killarney National Park, Killarney, Co. Kerry,
Republic of Ireland,

00353 64 6631947

00353 64 6633926

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Gardens open all year. 9am - 6pm, to 7pm in July & Aug.
Traditional Farms: Apr & Oct; Sat & Sun; 1pm - 6pm.
May; daily; 1pm - 6p,
June - Sept; daily; 10am - 6pm.

Parties/Coaches: Yes


Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

All year (except Christmas - 23rd - 1st Jan) 9am - 5pm.

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:


To see:

Rhododendron collection

Admission Prices

No charge to visit the Gardens.
House: Adult € 7.50; Adult Group/Senior Citizens € 6; Child/Student € 4; Family € 22
Muckross Trad.Farms: Adult € 7.50; Adult Group/Senior Citizens € 6; Child/Student € 4; Family € 22
House & Farms: Adult € 12.50; Adult Group/Senior Citizens € 10.50; Child/Student € 7; Family € 35

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:
Garden Features & Events

Arboretum, Rock Garden, collection of camellias and rhododendrons. Walled Garden.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Muckross Park Hotel, Muckross


Several in Killarney Town

Inns & Pubs:

Holiday Inn, Muckross Road, Killarney

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

National Park on Ring of Kerry route

Description of Garden

The world famous Muckross Gardens, 20 hectares in extent, adjoin Muckross House and contain many features which contribute to their beauty and interest. The design of the gardens is informal and its large expanses of lawn within a woodland setting provide magnificent vistas of lake and mountain. The Rock Garden is an unusual feature , developed on a natural outcrop of fissured carboniferous limestone. Close by is a charming stream garden with attractive waterside plants.

History Of Garden

The Gardens were developed in the 1840's by the Herbert family in conjunction with the building of Muckross House. In 1861 Queen Victoria stayed at the House. In 1891 the Muckross estate was sold to a member of the Guinness family, who in turn sold it to Mr. William Bowers Boum. Mr. Boum, a wealthy Californian, gave the estate to his daughter, Maud, on her marriage to Mr. Arthur Vincent. Following the death of Maud in 1929, the 4,300 hectare Muckross Estate was given to the nation, becoming Ireland's first National Park in 1933.

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