Muckross House & Gardens
Situated in Killarney National Park, Muckross House and Gardens are among the most popular of Irish visitor attractions.
Queen Victoria paid a visit there, to the Herbert family, in 1861. The House was later owned, in turn, by Lord Ardilaun (of the Guinness family) and by the Bourn Vincent's. Today, many of the rooms in this magnificent mansion have been restored to their original Victorian splendour.
Between the months of April and July, Muckross Gardens are spectacularly adorned with the red and pink flowers of mature Rhododendrons. Other garden features include a Sunken Garden, a Rock Garden and a Stream Garden. An Arboretum, containing many trees from the Southern Hemisphere, was established here in 1972.
For more information is available on the Muckross House website.