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KillarneyIreland

Explore the cobbled streets, 19th-century architecture and beautiful walking trails of this Irish town known for its pub culture, hospitality and mountain surrounds.

Killarney is known as the gateway to the County or “Kingdom” of Kerry. The small town’s natural surroundings, including woodland, lakes and high peaks, are its biggest draws. The town itself is a popular destination for visitors year-round, thanks to its 19th-century architecture, narrow cobbled streets and lively pub culture.

Killarney is located in the southwest of Ireland and surrounded by Killarney National Park. The town is the starting point for the famous Ring of Kerry tourist route. This 110-mile (177-kilometer) drive takes in forests, waterfalls and rugged coastline.

Explore Killarney’s narrow lanes and stumble across cafés and craft shops. Visit 19th-century landmarks, such as St. Mary's Cathedral and Muckross House. The small town center is easy to navigate on foot.

Killarney has a long tradition of hospitality and offers plenty of hotels and bed and breakfast accommodations. Fierce competition among pubs and restaurants keeps quality high. Visit one of the many venues offering live music and entertainment and join locals in having a rowdy good time, especially on weekends. If you’re looking for something quieter, visit midweek, or ask locals for current recommendations.

From raucous St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to Christmas festivities, Killarney hosts a variety of festivals year-round. The town is especially busy in the summer months of July and August. Visit during these peak seasons to participate in the special celebrations or come in spring or autumn to avoid the crowds.

Venture outside the town on scenic hiking trails or tourist drives to reach the three Lakes of Killarney and the peaks of the national park. Killarney sits on the shores of Lough Leane. Take a boat tour or simply walk around this lake and enjoy mountain views. Torc Waterfall and many other nature spots are also easy to reach on foot or by car from Killarney town.

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Top Hotels in Killarney

Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
4 out of 5
Kenmare Square, Killarney, Kerry
The price is $115 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3

Located in the heart of Killarney, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Killarney National Park and St. Mary's Cathedral. Killarney Race Course and INEC ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (502 reviews)
Happy Stay

"Great staff and a great hotel, even during this difficult time they managed to keep the relaxed friendly feeling throughout."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
The Ross
The Ross
4 out of 5
Town Centre, Killarney, Kerry
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Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Killarney House Gardens and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney and Ross Castle are ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (123 reviews)
Sweet hotel in a great location

"Really nice hotel and extremely helpful front desk. Will definitely return"…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

The Ross
The Killarney Park
The Killarney Park
5 out of 5
Town Centre, Killarney, Kerry
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This family-friendly Killarney hotel is located in a national park, within a 15-minute walk of Killarney National Park and St. Mary's Cathedral. Killarney Race ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (140 reviews)

"Very"…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

The Killarney Park
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Vacation Rentals in Killarney

Park Place Apartments
Park Place Apartments
4 out of 5
High Street, Killarney, Kerry
The price is $186 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Located in the heart of Killarney, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Fitzgerald Stadium and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney and Ross ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (247 reviews)
A comfy stay!

"Apartment was perfect, 2 bedroom one with ensuite, main bathroom and downstairs toilet Kitchen was perfect and living room was very comfy too. Apartment was spotless and warm. I couldn't fault the apartment."…"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Park Place Apartments
County Kerry Thatched Cottage With Hot Tub, Jacuzzi and Wifi
County Kerry Thatched Cottage With Hot Tub, Jacuzzi and Wifi
Killarney, County Kerry

Located in a rural location, this family-friendly cottage is 5.2 mi (8.4 km) from Crag Cave and 12.3 mi (19.7 km) from Ballyseedy Memorial. Tralee Road and Ballymacelligott ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (62 reviews)
beautiful Vibes @ Cottage Mary Rose

"spectacular cottage in beautiful location,lovely warm welcome from the caretaker very helpful, would definitely recommend a stay here it was home from home"…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2020

County Kerry Thatched Cottage With Hot Tub, Jacuzzi and Wifi
Parkland Holiday Homes
Parkland Holiday Homes
3.5 out of 5
Port Road, Killarney, County Kerry

Situated in Killarney, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Killarney Riding Stables and Killarney National Park. Ross Castle and INEC Killarney ...

4.4/5Excellent! (32 reviews)
good

"very good....pictures on web site good but the property was much better than on site."…"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

Parkland Holiday Homes
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Killarney

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 18, 2020

very charming city with incredibly nice people

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 16, 2020

Beautiful town. Upon check in we were recommended to visit the national park. The Torc Waterfall is a must!

5/5 - Excellent

koray

Feb 19, 2020

i went off season but less crowds even better. kilarney snow on the mountain tops great for photos

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 28, 2019

Loved this trip through Killarney.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 23, 2019

Excellent town and I wish we had more than one day to explore

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 26, 2019

The pubs and the music are a must. Great selection of restaurants to choose from

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