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Explore the cobbled streets, 19th-century architecture and beautiful walking trails of this Irish town known for its pub culture, hospitality and mountain surrounds.

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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Top hotels in Killarney

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Fairview Boutique Hotel
The Fairview Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
College Street, Killarney, Kerry
The price is SG$117 per night from 15 Oct to 16 Oct

Located in the heart of Killarney, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Mary's Cathedral and INEC Killarney. Killarney National Park and Ross Castle are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (608 reviews)

"Lovely room and hotel. Receptionists were very nice. The location of the hotel is greatZ My complaint is when our room was serviced, our bed wasn’t made and the shampoos / shower gels were not restocked!"…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug,2020

The Fairview Boutique Hotel
The Lake Hotel Killarney
The Lake Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
On The Lake Shore, Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
The price is SG$194 per night from 15 Oct to 16 Oct

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Killarney National Park and INEC Killarney. Ross Castle is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

4.7/5Exceptional! (784 reviews)

"This is the second time I stayed at this hotel. It is top notch to say the least. The dining hall is classy with a nice bistro as well. its grounds and views of the mountains and surrounding countryside are breathtaking. Their dinner was exquisite with nice little free included treats throughout ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Sep,2020

The Lake Hotel Killarney
The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments
The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments
3 out of 5
Muckross Road, Killarney, County Kerry
The price is SG$168 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

This family-friendly Killarney hotel is located in a national park, within a 15-minute walk of INEC Killarney and Killarney National Park. Ross Castle is 2.4 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (227 reviews)

"We booked a balcony room and the room was very clean and modern, very friendly staff, would stay here again"…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep,2020

The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments

Popular places to visit in Killarney

Killarney National Park
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Killarney National Park

5/5(45 reviews)

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

4.5/5(18 reviews)

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

4.5/5(21 reviews)

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

4.5/5(40 reviews)

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

4.5/5(24 reviews)

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

4.5/5(19 reviews)

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 things to do in Killarney

Ring Of Kerry Tour
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Ring Of Kerry Tour

SG$45
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Killarney Kayaking Tour – Innisfallen Island
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Killarney Kayaking Tour – Innisfallen Island

SG$73
Per adult
Lakes of Killarney Cruise
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Lakes of Killarney Cruise

SG$21
Per adult

Reviews of Killarney

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Feb 2020

Love Killarney

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Nov 2019

Great choices of places to eat. Lovely shops. Great effort made with the Christmas decorations. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Sep 2019

Very friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Sep 2019

Killarney is a must see. The lakes, the mountains, the drives, the friendly people are all unbeatable!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Sep 2019

a beautiful area where you can spend weeks seeing everything.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Aug 2019

Beware on check-in we were told we had the breakfast & evening meal package so had a great meal at the restaurant with a great bill we were not expecting. I had no access to email booking on the trip so could not verify the expedia package we bought.

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