Killarney is known as the gateway to the County or “Kingdom” of Kerry. The small town’s natural surroundings, including woodland, lakes and high peaks, are its biggest draws. The town itself is a popular destination for visitors year-round, thanks to its 19th-century architecture, narrow cobbled streets and lively pub culture.

Killarney is located in the southwest of Ireland and surrounded by Killarney National Park. The town is the starting point for the famous Ring of Kerry tourist route. This 110-mile (177-kilometer) drive takes in forests, waterfalls and rugged coastline.

Explore Killarney’s narrow lanes and stumble across cafés and craft shops. Visit 19th-century landmarks, such as St. Mary's Cathedral and Muckross House. The small town center is easy to navigate on foot.

Killarney has a long tradition of hospitality and offers plenty of hotels and bed and breakfast accommodations. Fierce competition among pubs and restaurants keeps quality high. Visit one of the many venues offering live music and entertainment and join locals in having a rowdy good time, especially on weekends. If you’re looking for something quieter, visit midweek, or ask locals for current recommendations.

From raucous St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to Christmas festivities, Killarney hosts a variety of festivals year-round. The town is especially busy in the summer months of July and August. Visit during these peak seasons to participate in the special celebrations or come in spring or autumn to avoid the crowds.

Venture outside the town on scenic hiking trails or tourist drives to reach the three Lakes of Killarney and the peaks of the national park. Killarney sits on the shores of Lough Leane. Take a boat tour or simply walk around this lake and enjoy mountain views. Torc Waterfall and many other nature spots are also easy to reach on foot or by car from Killarney town.

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liveMusic, entertainment and dancing

Top hotels in Killarney

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Killarney
3 out of 5
Cork Road, Killarney, Kerry
SG$96
per night
13 Oct-14 Oct
4/5Very Good! (519 reviews)

"I enjoyed my stay, it was comfortable and lovely decor, food was very good."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep,2019

Hotel Killarney
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The Heights Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
Cork Road, Killarney, Kerry
SG$75
per night
23 Sep-24 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (603 reviews)

"Classic looking hotel with large halls and a great breakfast. Staff was extremely helpfull Unfortunately not all rooms are modernized"…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep,2019

The Heights Hotel Killarney
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The Lake Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
On The Lake Shore, Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
SG$159
per night
13 Oct-14 Oct
4.7/5Exceptional! (662 reviews)

"Absolutely amazing! The staff is very kind and friendly. The room was lovely. The restaurants/bar were good. But the view is what can not be found anywhere else!! I loved everything about my stay and can not wait to come back."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep,2019

The Lake Hotel Killarney

Popular things to do in Killarney

Killarney National Park
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Killarney National Park

Establishedin 1932 to protect one of Ireland’s most precious natural habitats, KillarneyNational Park is home to the country’s highest peaks, ancient woodlands,shimmering lakes and a rich variety of wildlife.

Ross Castle
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Ross Castle

Standing guard over the lake, this silent ruin provides a glimpse of life in an Ireland that was often a land of warring clans.

Muckross House
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Muckross House

Enjoy varied delights on this splendid estate, which offers a look into daily life in the past, both inside a luxurious home and on a busy farm.

Ladies View
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Ladies View

The ladies-in-waiting of an English queen were speechless at this sight. Looking out over such a lovely landscape, you might be awestruck as well.

Torc Waterfall
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Torc Waterfall

Hidden in the mossy forest is a sight that can refresh any weary hiker, where fresh waters hurtle over stones, sheltered by a leafy canopy.

St. Mary's Cathedral
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St. Mary's Cathedral

In a green field stands an impressive cathedral especially beloved by its townsfolk. Inside, find a welcoming community church decorated with beautiful stained glass.

Top activities in Killarney

1-Day Ring of Kerry Rail Tour
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1-Day Ring of Kerry Rail Tour

SG$181

Escape Dublin for a journey to Country Kerry and experience the vibrant Irish countryside. Observe the mountains, lakes, and rugged coastline that define the region. Drive the famed Ring of Kerry to see quaint villages.

Ring Of Kerry Tour
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Ring Of Kerry Tour

SG$42

Ring of Kerry Tours Luxury 16 - 20 seat bus tours of The Ring of Kerry The Only small group tour of the world famous RING OF KERRY An essential part of any visit to the Emerald Isle is a tour of the world famous Ring of Kerry.

Killarney and National Park Hop On Hop Off Tour
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Killarney and National Park Hop On Hop Off Tour

SG$19

With Killareny Hop on Hop Off tour you can, at your own pace, enjoy the unrivalled beauty of Killarney and our world renowned Killarney National Park. See Aghadoe Viewing Point, 14th Century Ross Castle built on the shores of Killarneys lakes.

Fort to Fort Tour
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Fort to Fort Tour

SG$78

You will arrive approx 10 mins before the tour start time to get kitted up for Kayaking. There will be a safety brief and instructions on how to use the equipment and the route that will be taken.

Killarney Kayaking Tour – Ross Castle
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Killarney Kayaking Tour – Ross Castle

SG$53

Kayaking in Killarney. Discover the hidden beauty of the Lakes of Killarney with a gentle kayak adventure exploring the incredible history of Ross Castle and experiencing the lakes unique wild nature.

Ring of Kerry & Valentia Island Day Tour
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Ring of Kerry & Valentia Island Day Tour

SG$68

Considered one of the most beautiful destinations to explore in Ireland, the Ring of Kerry offers dramatic landscapes of wild rugged coastline, golden beaches, glistening lakes, picturesque villages and spectacular mountain ranges.