Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey, Killarney

Muckross Abbey
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Andre H
Cape Town, South Africa353 contributions
Apr 2022
This Abbey was quite a surprise. We had done Muckross House , Ross Castle , Torc Waterfall in the Park & left the Abbey for last as we were not expecting much.

It was a nice 1.4km stroll from the parking area but well worth it. The Abbey is deceptively big & many parts are still in very good condition. Many steps & tunnels to explore with the tree growing in one of the courtyards a definate highlight.

In the distance one can also see the lake & this Abbey allows for many great photo apportunities
Written May 10, 2022
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Jaimee G
Urbana, IL332 contributions
Jun 2022
There is a small parking lot near a short trail to the abbey. It was a pleasant walk along a path by fields where we spotted several different types of birds. The abbey itself has many rooms to explore, including upstairs, an ancient yew tree in the center, and a cemetery with interesting gravestones. If you're in Killarney National Park and have the time, I would definitely recommend checking it out- it's all free.
Written June 22, 2022
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Deirdre O
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Jun 2021
This was by far my favorite place that we visited in Killarney. I would suggest going there in the morning or on a weekday as it is more enjoyable when the area is quiet and peaceful as it would have been when the Observantine Franciscans occupied the abbey.
This is a beautiful place with a fascinating history.
Written June 21, 2021
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RP-Netherlands
Wemeldinge, The Netherlands1,144 contributions
Feb 2020
We walked to Muckross Abbey from the parking lot at Muckross house. It is a 25 minute walk through the National Park, so it is a lovely, scenic walk. Because it was February there wee very few visitors at the abbey. The abbey itself is very photogenig. Most of the walls are still standing and part of the 1st storey is also accessible. The setting near the lake is wonderful so this is a great place to visit. You can see it all in less than an hour. If you walk there from Muckross house it will take you about 2 hours.
Written February 25, 2020
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Kelly J
Austin, TX10 contributions
Sep 2021
Muckross Abbey was the most interesting place we saw in Killarney National Park. It is an old Franciscan Abbey with a Yew tree growing in the center courtyard. It is falling down, like many of the older structures in Ireland, but still maintains an interesting sense of history. Don't get the horse and carriage ride there. It is walkable and like all carriage rides, it is a tourist trap.
Written September 28, 2021
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SkipperBill2
Belvidere, IL759 contributions
Oct 2019
We had the absolute good fortune to have a tour guide who had researched the Abbey in exhaustive detail for a television show. He brought the Abbey to life in a way we will remember forever. Definitely a place to visit. I can only wish some interpretive signage will be added soon for others to enjoy as much as we did.
Written September 30, 2020
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Sam S
Long Beach, CA593 contributions
Dec 2019
The extensive gardens are more interesting than the large house itself. Parking is free. There are free toilets and a nice cafeteria. One can also walk down to the banks of the lake. The house tour is ticketed.
Written March 4, 2020
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Moog0_4
Carrigaline, Ireland742 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
In all our years travelling to Killarney, this was our first visit to the Abbey . The yew tree in the centre is a sight to behold . It is wonderful to just wander through the ruins at your leisure . We even spotted deer wandering through the graveyard . Well worth a visit .
Written July 26, 2020
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MRS.TRAVELS.OFTEN
Tecumseh, Canada1,298 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This place is down the road from Muckrose house. There is a small parking lot just off the road and you have to walk all the way to the back to where the Abbey is . They also offer horse and carriage rides there. We walked about approx just under 10 minutes to the back. It quite beautiful,I am glad we didn’t miss it
Written June 22, 2022
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CaitrionaKelly
Killarney, Ireland71 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
This fabulous Abbey is beautifully restored, preserved and maintained. It is huge, with so many different areas to explore, and it's free! Great for kids that have an active imagination. It is not too far of a walk from the car park.
Written February 27, 2020
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