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Muckross Abbey
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Muckross Abbey featuring heritage architecture, interior views and château or palace

Mysterious ruins tell stories from a shadowy past and invite you to find peace in what is left of their mossy walls.

Once a monastery where monks whispered their daily prayers, now a fascinating site of mossy ruins, find Muckross Abbey deep in Killarney National Park. Wander through rooms with a turbulent history of violence and destruction. You can now sit peacefully among the trees and flowers that grow around them.

Look for a weathered stone construction standing behind a small and cluttered cemetery. Roam Muckross Abbey at your own pace. What remains is a roofless church with a tower and small windows, a vaulted cloister and a square courtyard surrounded by an arched arcade.

Enjoy an atmospheric history lesson about religious life in Ireland or just the unique attraction of a ruined monastery in beautiful surroundings. This has been a sacred site for many centuries. It is said to have been the site of another monastery in the early days of Christianity in Ireland, about the 6th century. See the current buildings dating from 1448, some of the important religious sites of the park. The original inhabitants were the Observantine Franciscans. Cromwell’s forces drove the last monks out in the 1650s and burned the structure.

As you wander through the ruins’ passageways, notice the moss growing up the stone walls showing nature reclaiming the structure. See the historic cemetery, still in occasional use. It has the graves of many clan chieftains from history, as well as beloved figures from Gaelic literature. Growing in the courtyard is an enormous yew tree, thought to be as old as the building around it.

Include a visit to Muckross Abbey on a walking or cycling tour of Killarney National Park. Try riding in a traditional jaunting car pulled by a horse. To drive, park just off the road at Muckross House. From here, walk 15 minutes to Muckross Abbey. Start at Flesk Bridge on Muckross Road and continue via the abbey to the wider Killarney National Park. Visit Muckross Abbey for free, any time of year.

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Muckross Park Hotel & Spa
Muckross Park Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Killarney National Park, Lakes of Killarney, Killarney, Kerry
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Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Muckross Abbey and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (401 reviews)
Weekend away
"We had a fantastic stay. Lovely staff and very clean spa and rooms. The food was the best Iv had, delicious! Highly recommended"

Reviewed on 25 Dec,2020

Muckross Park Hotel & Spa
The Lake Hotel Killarney
The Lake Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
On The Lake Shore, Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
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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! (814 reviews)
Escape and relax
"Beautiful hotel with elagnace and all the comforts. Freindly helpful staff. Great food, breakfast huge and varied, bistro very good. Great location overlooking lake and often see deers wandering past. My favourite"

Reviewed on 1 Oct,2020

The Lake Hotel Killarney
Across the road from world famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney.
Across the road from world famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney.
Old Muckross Post Office, Muckross, Killarney, County Kerry
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Located in the heart of Killarney, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Muckross Abbey and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) ...
Across the road from world famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Muckross Park Hotel & Spa
Muckross Park Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Killarney National Park, Lakes of Killarney, Killarney, Kerry
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The Lake Hotel Killarney
The Lake Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
On The Lake Shore, Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
The Lake Hotel Killarney
Across the road from world famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney.
Across the road from world famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney.
Old Muckross Post Office, Muckross, Killarney, County Kerry
Across the road from world famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney.
The Brehon
The Brehon
4 out of 5
Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
The price is SG$234 per night from 5 May to 6 May
Excludes taxes & fees
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A Hidden gem in Killarney National Park
A Hidden gem in Killarney National Park
Mangerton Road,, Killarney National Park, Muckross, Killarney, County Kerry
A Hidden gem in Killarney National Park
Cahernane House Hotel
Cahernane House Hotel
4 out of 5
Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
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Dun Na Rí
Dun Na Rí
2.5 out of 5
Mangerton Road, Killarney, County Kerry
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Killarney Oaks Hotel
Killarney Oaks Hotel
4 out of 5
Muckross Road, Killarney, County Kerry
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Ethan House Killarney
Ethan House Killarney
3.5 out of 5
Church Road, Muckross, Killarney, County Kerry
Ethan House Killarney
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