Tralee Travel Guide

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Tralee Highlights

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    Annie_D says…

     I've being there twice and it has the most wonderful atmosphere about it. The people are really friendly and you find loads of irish music where ever you go 

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    orlikins says…

     Smaller than expected 

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     Felt like a step back into the 1950s! 

Tralee Things to Do

  • General Information

    I absolutely loved going to see the dolphin...it was such an amazing experience for me. To see Fungi in his natural habitat was something that I would love to experience again and again and i would strongly reccommend any people travelling to ireland to visit dingle and fungi.

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  • The Aquadome

    The aquadrome is heavily promoted as a 'must see' tourist destination. In truth the giant wigwam is no more than a fairly pleasant swimming pool with a couple of slides attached. We visting in March, and I can't even claim that it was warm inside. The water temperature is fine, but you can start to shiver out of the water for a while. The two...

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  • Siamsa Tíre

    We bought tickets to the performance at the Siamsa T?re, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, so we managed to see traditional dances after all. Before it started we had dinner and some rest. My friend took a nap and I wrote my diary until it was time to leave. We truly enjoyed the performance, which by the way was in Irish. We wouldn't have...

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  • Slides and stuff...

    The aquadrome is heavily promoted as a 'must see' tourist destination. In truth the giant wigwam is no more than a fairly pleasant swimming pool with a couple of slides attached. We visting in March, and I can't even claim that it was warm inside. The water temperature is fine, but you can start to shiver out of the water for a while. The two main...

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  • Toot toot

    The narrow gague (3ft) railway from Tralee to Dingle was never going to make it in the commercial world. It must have been one of the slowest railway journeys in the world taking (even if it stuck to the timetable) two and a half hours for a distance of just over 30 miles. It must however be one of the most scenic in the world as well.The 3km...

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  • The canal to the sea

    The Tralee canal extends from a marina area in the town out to Blennerville and beyond to the coast. There is no commercial traffic these days but the towpath is probably more used nowadays than ever before. I visited in February and took the option to jog the 3km to the sea. Flat, scenic (the mountains rise up over the kingdom of Kerry away to the...

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Tralee Restaurants

  • Not impressed

    I don't wish to comment on the bar food, which may be fine, but the traditional buffet was poor. At 11-12 euro for a meat with trimmings (veg potato etc) it is about right in terms of price (i.e a rip-off, but normal for ireland). The plate was however at best lukewarm, items were missing and the whole plate could best be described as a 'mush'. I...

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  • Stop by to See Paul's Work

    What makes this place so special is that my son Paul is one of the chefs working there! He considered this to be a great career opportunity, and from the reviews online, it would certainly do well on anyone's resume.The descriptions of the menu make it sound incredibly interesting...

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  • A Cozy Place

    This was where Paul was working at the time we made the trip. We went in during the afternoon rush and it was quite packed, but they were able to seat our rather large party.We were only having a small snack so I don't feel qualified to give a detailed review of the menu & food.It was certainly the kind of cozy, warm-natured place I would like to...

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Tralee Nightlife

  • Bars...

    Sean Og's is a great little pub. We were there on the night of the All Ireland Football Championship, so can't say if the place is always this full. There was live music, fiddles playing and patrons up dancing. There is a cozy isolated spot at the back with a big chair at the end of a long table..... can hold at least six people. The rest of the...

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  • Spirals

    Spirals is a great niteclub if you just want to dance to 70s-90s music and size up the cuties :) I think either Friday or Saturday night is Ladies night, so you wont have to pay (if you're a girl)... No trainers/sneakers.

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  • Good Craic

    Sean Og's is a great little pub. We were there on the night of the All Ireland Football Championship, so can't say if the place is always this full.There was live music, fiddles playing and patrons up dancing. There is a cozy isolated spot at the back with a big chair at the end of a long table..... can hold at least six people. The rest of the...

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Tralee Transportation

  • Traffic

    With the narrow streets, the traffic was very congested every place we went in town and at every time of day. Not to mention, they drive on the opposite side to what we are used to in the USA, which made even crossing the street on foot interesting, to say the least. Its not that far to anywhere, and I'd really suggest you plan to walk almost any...

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  • Airport

    Kerry county airport (also called Farranfore) is situated a a dozen or so miles away, roughly halfway to Killarney. It might be one of the world's most scenic places to land, but the range of flights is very limited. Presently Aer Arann will get you to Dublin (Ryanair gave up on that one) whilst Ryanair connect to Stansted (UK), Hahn (Germany), as...

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  • 79 euro ? madness

    There are about 3 or 4 trains daily to Cork and about the same to Dublin. At 79 euro of an open return to Dublin...the train is daylight robbery. Check out deals online to get something more reasonable.The station is a bit odd as it used to be through station, but is now the end of the line. The waiting room as half a dozen photos of the station in...

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Tralee Shopping

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  • A touch of luxury

    Must give a little plug for this upmarket (but not ridiculously expensive) deli / winestore / cheeseshop / sandwich shop / coffee stop (you get the picture). They also usefully do good quality ready meals. Handy for a few treats for a pic-nic of if you are self catering. They use a good range of local suppliers...many from the kingdom of Kerry...

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  • You WILL Shop!

    A Walmart with quality goods instead of junk from China!I'm not a big shopper-type, but I could have gone broke in there, if I could have gotten the stuff home. Make sure that you leave some empty space in your suitcases when you're packing to go- You WILL shop! And it will be a nightmare trying to get everything in the two bags you've carried...

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  • All Under One Roof

    This pleasant new shopping centre is situated just off the roundabout at the entrance to Tralee town and it is well signposted. For those staying in the adjoining Manor West hotel it could be a Godsend, selling everything from Clothes to food.It houses the usual array of Irish shops – Sam McCauley chemists, Debenhams department store, Tesco...

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Tralee Local Customs

  • The Rose of Tralee

    Tralee : The Rose of Tralee festival takes place every August. The basic legend was immortalised in song . A young woman is nominated to represent her city/region every year and the event is televised live, where they have a chat with the host about themselves, interests and why they should be The Rose of Tralee. Unlike Ms Universe, there's no...

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  • Smirting & The Smoking Ban

    Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!!REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke...

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  • HOLY WATER?

    I don't want to offend anybody but we found this little well bit funny! I don't know if the locals believe that its water is really holy.

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Tralee Warnings and Dangers

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    by sourbugger Updated Mar 24, 2013

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    The Rose of Tralee contest occurs around the end of August every year. The whole place goes a bit mad for a week or so whilst they work out who to give the award for the most irritating not-fat irishwoman to. They emphatically say its "not a beauty contest" and each contestant has to do a 'party piece' ;ike a short dance or sinbg a song (no stipping allowded !) . That said, let's face it, they arn't going to give it to some old s****er with a fat a**e. It's screened on RTE (Irish television) over two nights and is presided over by some old hasbeen of a dinosaur whose been wheeled out of the RTE home for terminally condescending presenters.
    The contestants have to have irish roots somewhere, so it usually ends up with a Texan rose (who had great-great-great-great granfather who once drank a pint of Guinness) mangle a version of 'danny boy' whilst dancing a jig. The eventual winner then has to endure some old crooner belting out 'Rose of Tralee' on stage. Excrutiatingly terrible. In the words of Fathed Ted "They've all got lovely bottoms". I beg to differ, but avoid late August anyway.

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Tralee Tourist Traps

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    by orlikins Written Sep 4, 2002

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    I'll explain the origins of the Rose of Tralee festival in Local Customs, but during the festival in the last week of August, prices for accomodation & other services inflate big-time.

    Unique Suggestions: book accomodation well in advance or even stay in nearby villages like Abbeydorney.

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Tralee Off The Beaten Path

  • Dingle Peninsula

    Tralee is located at the gateway of the Dingle Peninsula, so you could easily take a bus or a car down to the Kerry Gaeltacht towns of Ventry and Dingle. The scenery is beautiful - I took this photo on a school trip to Dingle. This strip of land is known as An Gaeltacht because Irish is spoken daily here. I've created a Dingle page, if you want to...

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  • Ballyseedy Wood

    The Council have just 'opened Ballyseedy wood ( summer 2005 ) you can drive in there and and take three routes to choose from there's also a car park and road in . This not near the castle but accessed from the castlemaine road ... i took the kids there and they loved it .... there also three ruins of houses . It was rainins when we when in but the...

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Tralee is located at the gateway of the Dingle Peninsula, so you could easily take a bus or a car down to the Kerry Gaeltacht towns of Ventry and Dingle. The scenery is beautiful - I took this photo on a school trip to Dingle. This strip of land is known as An Gaeltacht because Irish is spoken daily here. I've created a Dingle page, if you want to...

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Tralee Sports & Outdoors

  • Ballybunion beach sports & golf

    Ballybunion is where half of Limerick go on a daytrip/weekend break. But it's great fun and the water is lovely and crystal clear and most important - warm!! (well...maybe I was lucky!)

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  • Angling

    My father used to enjoy a spot of angling and Tralee Bay is a very good spot to do it. I'm not sure if you need a licence or not, you can always ask around. well, a fishing rod would be a good start :)

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    With John, Paul & Abbie

    by sjm30741 Written Nov 3, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I think I would have had something really special to add here if I had not failed to note one little detail when planning this trip:
    March in Tralee is considered "off-season" and some things I would have loved to have seen (specifically the MUSEUM) were actually CLOSED on the weekend! This was a huge disappointment, so please, when making your plans- Be SURE to check when the attractions you want most to see are going to be OPEN!

    Fondest memory: My best memory is being there with my three kids!

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Farranfore is nearby
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Comfortable and friendly with Great Food
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LONG HISTORY IN AN INTERESTING WAY
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Travel in a time car to Market Day in 1450
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Fungi, The Dolphin
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1950s Revisited
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Siamsa Tíre
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The Rose of Tralee
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