Muckross Abbey, Killarney

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Located in Killarney National Park, the historical Muckross Abbey is known for its long-standing structure and central courtyard. You'll notice that the abbey, founded in 1448, has been well preserved, although much of it is roofless now. Stroll the courtyard, which is surrounded by a vaulted cloister and features a giant yew tree. Over the years, three Gaelic poets, Geoffrey O'Donoghue, Aodhagan O'Rathaille, and Eoghan Rua O'Suilleabhain, were buried here. Explore the ruins of the site, which were reconstructed several times after attacks. Consider adding a trip to the nearby Muckross House to your itinerary for the day. Add Muckross Abbey to your Killarney travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Killarney itinerary app.
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  • We've visited many abbey ruins but this is one of the best and largest. Set in the beautiful Killarney national park although a ruin there are multiple rooms to visit, stairs to climb, sights to... 
    We've visited many abbey ruins but this is one of the best and largest. Set in the beautiful Killarney national park although a ruin there are multiple rooms to visit, stairs to climb, sights to...  more »
  • The Abbey is a must see….beautiful gardens lovely house and the Jaunting Cart ride to the falls was such fun …. Kids and adults both will enjoy!! 
    The Abbey is a must see….beautiful gardens lovely house and the Jaunting Cart ride to the falls was such fun …. Kids and adults both will enjoy!!  more »
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  • Beautiful abbey that is a 5 minute walk from the car park. The car park itself is small and although we were able to find parking, I could see it filling up quickly during the busy season. The abbey itself is well maintained and there is no cost to see it. We saw many abbeys during our time in Ireland but I found this one to be one of the better ones. It’s much bigger than it looks when approaching it, and there are many rooms and levels to explore. Unlike many places that are restricted, you are able to move freely through most of Muckross.
  • This was absolutely our favorite abbey we’ve visited. A good walk from parking and worth it. Rich in history. The yew tree and the arches hall are so amazing.

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