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Muckross Abbey
Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey Tours and Activities

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Founded in 1440 as a Franciscan Friary, Muckross Abbey has an exciting and violent history typical of Ireland. In 1589 the monks were expelled by Elizabeth I, and in 1653 Oliver Cromwell's troops burnt it down when he reclaimed Ireland for the English bringing to an end the Irish Confederate Wars. Despite this setback, the friars continued to live here until 1698 when the new Penal Laws against Roman Catholics introduced by the English occupiers forced most in exile in France or Spain.These days Muckross Friary is a ruin but one of the most complete examples of Irish medieval church building you'll see.

Today, the Abbey still has its bell tower and church, and massive gothic arcades and arches. Four of Ireland's leading poets of the period were buried there, three in the church, one in the nearby cemetery. In the centre of the inner court is an old Yew tree. This grew from a sapling taken from the abbey on Innisfallen Island and planted in the new abbey at Muckross. In turn, a slip from this tree was planted at the abbey in Killarney Town.

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Muckross Park tour

Muckross Park tour

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This tour brings you inside the breathtaking Muckross Park Estate of Killarney National Park. The routes we take via horse&carriage aren't accessible by car and boast some of the most spectacular scenery in the area! Discover the beauty of Killarney aboard the traditional mode of transport and get to meet a loveable Irish Gypsy Vanner horse up close and personal "known as the golden retriever of the horse world for their loving nature and intelligence!" We take great care of all our horses and have won awards for doing so. Visit the haunted Muckross Abbey built in the year 1448. Inside discover an ancient poisen Yew tree! But don't touch! The area is rich in history and culture and your guide will be sure to keep you entertained as you visit some of the most amazing sites The Kingdom of Kerry has to offer!! We also have wollen blankets on board to keep all passengers warm on those cooler days while out touring the National Park.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$41.21
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Self-Guided Cycling Tour at Killarney National Park including Muckross House

Self-Guided Cycling Tour at Killarney National Park including Muckross House

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This self-guided cycle tour of Killarney National Park, including Muckross House and Gardens affords you maximum flexibility to enjoy Ireland's most unique landscape. Take safe, comfortable, well-maintained bikes to tour at your leisure. Avail of the map and information material provided to enrich this experience.
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  • 5 hours to 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Killarney Hop - On, Hop - Off Tour

Killarney Hop - On, Hop - Off Tour

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Explore Killarney at your own pace and avoid the stress of planning when you book a hop-on, hop-off bus pass. In addition to navigating for you, your bus driver provides useful background information about each stop on the bus route, including Ross Castle, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House, Aghadoe Viewing Point, and the city center.
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  • 2 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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6-Day Adventure Tour on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

6-Day Adventure Tour on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

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During this six day Adventure Tour, you will experience the best of Ireland along the southern stretches of IrelandÔÇÖs Wild Atlantic Way. ┬áYou will cycle and hike in the best part of the Rebel and Kingdom counties of Cork and Kerry. ┬áThroughout the tour you will see ancient sites, Norman castles and towns alive with literature, music and stories.┬á┬á BEYOND THE GLASS ADVENTURE TOURS specialise in small group adventure tours on IrelandÔÇÖs WILD ATLANTIC WAY.┬á Taking you off the beaten track to experience adventure, culture and history all while being immersed in IrelandÔÇÖs stunning natural landscape - the ultimate adventure travel experience. All BEYOND THE GLASS Adventure tour guides are knowledgeable, experienced and friendly, giving you the ultimate adventure travel experience while seeing some of hidden Ireland. Tour starts on the morning of day 1 in Cork City.
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Private Killarney National Park Tour with an accredited chauffeur/guide

Private Killarney National Park Tour with an accredited chauffeur/guide

What better way to visit Killarney National Park than with a local native experienced accredited guide!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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What are Muckross Abbey hours of operation?
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Muckross Abbey hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Muckross Abbey tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Muckross Abbey can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 5 Muckross Abbey tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Muckross Abbey 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Muckross Abbey costs USD 12.49. Guided Muckross Abbey tours start around USD 12.49 per person. See all 5 Muckross Abbey tickets and tours on Viator.
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