Muckross House and Gardens

Muckross House was built for the Herbert family of Muckross and completed in 1843.  It is situated close to the eastern shore of Muckross Lake, taking full advantage of the magnificent views which can be enjoyed from this location.  Most of the house has been preserved as a late 19th century mansion, with furniture and artefacts from that period.

Muckross House, probably mid 1860s
Muckross House, probably mid 1860s

Admission to Muckross House is by guided tour only.  The house is open from 0900 – 1730hrs daily (last admission 1630hrs); and 0900 – 1900hrs (last admission 1800hrs) during July and August. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; for current admission rates www.muckross-house.ie.

Muckross Gardens adjoin Muckross House and are mainly informal in style.  They date back to the mid-19th century when extensive landscaping was carried out by the Herbert family.   This was continued under Vincent ownership, and the Sunken Garden and other features date from this period.  Today the Gardens, including the nearby Arboretum, are internationally recognised for their plant collections, including many southern hemisphere species and other tender species which thrive here in the mild climate.

Rhododrendrons in bloom during the month of May, Muckross Gardens
Rhododrendrons in bloom during the month of May, Muckross Gardens

Vehicle access to Muckross House and Gardens is via a well-signposted right turn off the N71, just over 5km (3 miles) south of Killarney town.

For further information about Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms visit: www.muckross-house.ie