Muckross House & Gardens

Muckross House, probably mid 1860s

The Muckross estate dates back to the 17th Century when the first member of the Herbert family, who were originally from Wales, came to settle in Killarney. The present day Muckross House was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his family. It was completed in 1843. It is situated close to the eastern shore of Muckross Lake, taking full advantage of the magnificent views which can be enjoyed from this location. Most of the house has been preserved as a late 19th century mansion, with furniture and artefacts from that period.

Muckross Gardens adjoin Muckross House and are mainly informal in style. They date back to the mid-19th century when extensive landscaping was carried out by the Herbert family in preparation for the visit of Britain’s Queen Victoria in 1861. Throughout their tenure at Muckross, the Herbert’s played a very active role in social and political life and in the development and improvement of the Muckross Estate.

 


However, by the late 19th century a series of financial problems heralded the end of over 200 years of the Herbert family at Muckross. In 1899, the Muckross Estate, encompassing approximately 1,300 acres of demesne lands was sold to Lord Ardilaun, a member of the Guinness family. He then sold the property to a Californian, Mr. William Bowers Bourn in 1911, who gave the estate to his daughter Maud, on her marriage to Mr. Arthur Rose Vincent. They carried out a number of developments to the estate over the following 20 years.

The estate, comprising about 13,000 acres, was presented to the Irish Free State in 1932 and became the Bourn-Vincent Memorial Park, in memory of Maud who died in 1929. The Muckross Estate became Ireland’s first National Park. In 1964, a group of local people, concerned at the continued closure of Muckross House over 30 years after it had passed into State ownership, came together and formed the Trustees of Muckross House (Killarney) Limited. They approached the Minister for Finance, who had responsibility for the Memorial Park at that time, proposed that the house be opened to the public. This proposal was accepted and the successful partnership between the State and the Trustees of Muckross House has endured to the present day. Today the gardens, including the nearby Arboretum, are internationally recognised for their plant collections, including many southern hemisphere species and other tender species which thrive here in the mild climate.


Vehicle access to Muckross House and Gardens is via a well-signposted right turn off the N71, just over 6km south of Killarney town.

 

For further information about Muckross House, Gardens and the Traditional Farms please visit: www.muckross-house.ie.

MUCKROSS HOUSE OPENING HOURS 2019

Muckross House and Gardens are open daily all year round (except the Christmas period). Admission to Muckross House is by Guided Tour only. For opening times, last admission times to the House and prices, please refer to the tables below.

Muckross House: Tel. No: 064 6670144. Email muckrosshousetours@ahg.gov.ie

Jan-Mar Apr-Jun Jul-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec
9am-5pm
Last Admission
3.40pm
9am-6pm
Last Admission
4.40pm
9am-7pm
Last Admission
5.40pm
9am-6pm
Last Admission
4.40pm
9am-5pm
Last Admission
3.40pm

Contact Muckross House Guiding Service:
Tel: 00 353 (0) 64 6670144

MUCKROSS TRADITIONAL FARMS OPENING HOURS 2019

MUCKROSS TRADITIONAL FARMS WILL REOPEN ON MARCH 23RD FOR THE 2019 SEASON.

March April May June-August September October
Sat & Sun
1pm – 6pm
Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays
1pm – 6pm
7 days a week
1pm – 6pm
7 days a week
10am – 6pm
7 days a week
1pm – 6pm
Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays
1pm – 6pm

Contact Muckross Traditional Farms:
Tel: +353 64 6630804 or Email: traditionalfarms@muckross-house.ie

ADMISSION CHARGES 2019
Category Muckross House Traditional Farms Joint Ticket
Adult €9.25 €9.25 €15.50
Groups, Senior Citizen, Student (over 18) €7.75 €7.75 €13.50
Child (aged 3-5) Free €6.25 €6.25
Child (aged 6-18) €6.25 €6.25 €10.50
Family (2+2) €29.00 €29.00 €40.00
Family (2+3) €33.00 €33.00 €45.00

Group Rate: Applies to twenty visitors or more and when payment is made by a single transaction. All groups must have advance reservations.

Student Rate: Applies to students in full time third level education on production of a valid and current student identity card.

Child Rate: Applies to children aged three to eighteen. Children of two years of age and under are admitted free of charge.

Family Rates: Apply to a group of two adults and 2 to 3 of their children aged 2-18.

*Admission to Muckross House is by guided tour only.
*Last admission to Muckross Traditional Farms is always one hour before closing.

Note: there is no charge for admission to Killarney National Park and Muckross Gardens.

FACILITIES

Separate parking facilities are available for cars and coaches. There is no parking charge.

The Walled Garden Centre and Mucros Craft Shop are located within the Walled Garden Centre.

For the most part Muckross House and Muckross Traditional Farms have universal access, however in some instances access may be limited due to the limitations of historic buildings. To assist people with reduced mobility a courtesy/transit wheelchair is available for use within the interior environs of Muckross House only. Please ask a member of staff for details.

A free complimentary coach service, with universal access, circles Muckross Traditional Farms on a regular basis.

 

Phone: +353 64 667 0144

e-mail: muckrosshousetours@ahg.gov.ie