Muckross House, Ireland
One day we hiked about 1.5 hours ending up at the lower end of Loch Muckross at a historic cabin that is now a coffee shop. We decide to take John Murphy’s shuttle boat back across the lake to our starting point. John lived in Boston for 5 years and gave us a special tour all around the lake, in some back waterways under arched bridges and around two islands, as part of our regular fare. He told us the story of nasty Queen Victoria who came to Muckross to show goodwill towards the Irish people. They were all excited and built her a special boat, boat house, designed a first floor bedroom with special fire escape, taking several years to prepare for her visit. She arrived, spent two days at Muckross House with her nobles and 100 of her most essential servants, then expressed her dislike of the climate and area, and left. The owners of Muckross House ended up in bankruptcy due to the expenses incurred in the preparations, thus furthering already poor Irish-English relations. This must be a good tourist story; we heard it twice in three days while in Killarney
i really like the Muckross house in killarney with the beautiful lakes and parks. You can walk around for hours and its nice and peacfull there. If you dont wont to walk you can go with a horse and carrige, thats nice too.
Muckross House is an interesting place to visit, when you come to Killarney. The traditional way to get there is by "jaunting-car" , horse-carriages that are waiting for you at the entrance to the castle-park. Muckross House is quite an impressive victorian manor-house dating back to the year 1843 the way it looks now. In a previous building, at the same place, the german novelist Rudolf Erich Raspe (1737-1794) was living for several years - he is the author of the famous book about Baron Münchhausen , a daredivil, who once even took a "ride" on a cannon-ball in order to explore a battlefield from above...
Nowadays Muckross House is a museum, showing great furniture and exhibits of the irish history, flora and fauna. Muckross House & Park is also one of the largest recreation-areas in Ireland, including an old monastery, a big lake, several restaurants, souvenir-shops etc.
Muckross House is daily open for visitors :
from 09.00a.m. till 06.00p.m. (Nov-march till 05.30p.m.)
Muckross house is a Victorian mansion which comes from the 19th century. It is beautifully located close to the shores of Muckross Lake. The rooms are elegantly furnished providing the insight into the ways of life of the 19th century upper classes. The House is surrounded by a nice garden with thick lawns, a rich variety of trees and flowers and a charming rock garden.
There is also a restaurant and cafe, so if the weather is nice you can enjoy your meal or coffee sitting outside with colourful flowers around you.
You can also visit Traditional Farms which show the farm life in 1930s and 40s.
Admission to Muckross House - 5.75 EURO
A joint ticket for Muckross House and Traditional Farms - 8.65 EURO
Free admission to the gardens
Muckross House is a manor house built in 1843 on the Muckross Peninsula. (The word 'Muckross', comprised of two Gaelic words, actually translates as 'pig peninsula'!)
You can tour the house, gardens, and traditional farms on site. The guided tour of the house includes many rooms, from elegant rooms renovated for Queen Victoria's visit in 1861, to the kitchen and servants' quarters. (Note: Photography is not allowed inside the house.)
The gardens are extensive and beautiful (even in the rain). The grounds also include a fairly large gift shop and a restaurant which serves very good food. The only downside is that Muckross House is a very popular tourist attraction and may sometimes be overrun with crowds.
Killarney...oh Killarney, probably the most touristy area of Ireland you can find...but by gosh it is lovely...and so Irish. Ross Castle and Muckross House and Farms are wonderful and located on N71as part of the Killarney National Park..... I actually liked this area more then the continued Ring of Kerry further down the road.
Very close to Lough Leane, the Castle is very typical and almost eiry. It was not open when I was there in April, but I enjoyed walking the grounds and seeing the Lakes and row boats. I love the park area, almost reminded me of Sherwood Forest from Robin Hood, very mossy and green.
Friday, September 30 - RING OF KERRY - TRALEE
Time for "The Ring of Kerry", Faye's turn to drive. Time for her to scare the hell out of me.
A day we'll never forget. First to Muckross House, once owned by an American, a Californian to boot. Rode in a horse cart (10 pounds) with a driver who had a great Irish brogue, and he even sang to us. Interesting and beautiful house maintained in it's original state with lovely grounds on a lake and cattle grazing in the cemetery.
There's a little more history about this beautiful house in my travelog.
At the first entrance to Muckross House, on the road to Kenmare, are jaunting cars, which will take up to four passengers on a variety of tours around the grounds. They vary in price. It costs about £25 for a long ride, seeing most of the grounds plus stops at the Friary, gardens and house. A short trip into the estate and back is around £7. The drivers are there from about 9a.m. to about 7p.m.
Muckross House was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert. This was actually the fourth house that successive generations of the Herbert family had occupied at Muckross over a period of almost two hundred years.
Originally it was intended to build a more ornate house than we see here today. The plans for a larger servants' wing, stable block, orangery and summer-house are believed to have been altered at Mary's request. Today the principal rooms are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the 19th century landowning class. While in the basement, one can imagine the busy bustle of the servants as they went about their daily chores.
beautiful house with a great park. In May/June the rhododendron show their beautiful flowers in all colours of red and pink. There is a big National park around with many hiking pathes, you can walk to Tork waterfall or make a walk around the lake. You can also take a carriage.
Taste the cakes in the restaurant!!! We have been there for four times and we tried the chocolate fudge, carrot cake .... mmmmhhhh
Muckross House was built in 1843. This is a neat self-guided tour. We bought the booklet on the house for $3.15 which was worth 5 times that much! Neat house!
When you are in Killarney, please visit the Muckross House and Garden!!! Use a carriage like this, fix a price before you start, and enjoy it!
You have a lot of Fun!