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Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park

24 hour pedestrian access
Killarney National Park Cork Road, Killarney

The Basics

Covering around 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares), Killarney National Park is truly vast. Organized day tours can help ensure you get to see all the best parts of Ireland’s first national park. Choose between short 1- or 2-hour tours by jaunting car (a two-wheeled horse and carriage), guided walks, or boat cruises and kayak tours on the lakes of Killarney. Day tours depart from Killarney and Limerick, and include stops at key park attractions such as the Gap of Dunloe, Muckross House, Ross Castle, and the Ladies View scenic lookout. Some full-day tours combine Killarney National Park with the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, and Mizen Head. Multi-day tours depart from Dublin and incorporate sights in Cork, Kerry, and—during longer tours—the west coast of Ireland.

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Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Cork: Including Killarney National Park
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Cork: Including Killarney National Park
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$52.45 per adult
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Better than I could have...
Better than I could have expected! The day was perfectly paced with every stop being worth it. Our tour guide John made sure we had a great day, even after a hiccup of searching for a lost tour member ate up some time. He didn’t rush us and let us have the full experience
Madison_H, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Killarney

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Great trip
Javier_R, Jun 2022
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Limerick: Including Killarney National Park
The bus teip was funny, we all enjoyed and learned with the guide stories. Also, we could visiti so many places. I highlight Waterville and Killarney national park. Finally, the trip was almost 12 hours but time went fast.
star-5
Such fun!
Kent_Y, Jun 2022
Killarney National Park Tour
What a fun tour! A guide was like hanging out with a friend for an hour. Super knowledgeable about the local area, nice well-kept carriage, and Molly was the best. We will use him again when we return.
star-5
Fantastic Memorable Day with PaddyWagon Tours.
Clifford_S, May 2022
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Cork: Including Killarney National Park
It was all memorable. Loved intro chat from the driver. The scenery. The stop at the Red Fox with a glass of Irish Coffee. Pony and Cart in the Killarney National Park. All the scenic stops. I would definitely recommend the trip. It was well worth the money.
star-5
Hip hip hooray
Peggy_A, Jun 2022
The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park
Bat, our superb driver, provided a day of fascinating sightseeing along with laughter, history, folklore & Irish hospitality. For a girl traveling by herself I felt welcomed to be a part of the tour family. Hip hip hooray for providing such a "brilliant" experience. BTW- if you like the tour, don't forget to tip your driver.
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Very good experience. We...
Rasa_K, Jun 2022
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Limerick: Including Killarney National Park
Very good experience. We had very nice tour guide Martin, he was very polite and had good humour. Talked about places we are visiting , gave us enough time to explore. Very beautiful views on the sides while driving. Pitstone were amazing. I loved this trip with my BF, Mom n Son. ❤️
star-5
Excellent jaunting car ride!
Cathy_V, Jun 2022
Killarney National Park Tour
Our jaunting car experience was excellent! Our driver was very friendly and great with our young kids. He let them each take a turn “driving” and even took video of them for us. It was a great family experience!
star-5
Great experience
Joanne_O, Jun 2022
The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park
Our drive Batt was amazing. He provided lots of information & stories. He handled the roads wonderfully. He made the tour so much more enjoyable. It was an amazing tour
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It was a great trip,...
Hanna_M, Jun 2022
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Cork: Including Killarney National Park
It was a great trip, beautiful landscapes and DJ was a wonderful tour guide, very funny and loads of interesting background information. Very recommendable trip!
star-5
Great tour!
Debon_G, Jun 2022
Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney including Killarney National Park
Our driver and guide Micheal was great. Very safe, funny, and informative. Taking this tour was relaxing and allowed us to not worrying about the driving on the narrow roads. We loved the sheep herding demonstration and the amazing sights.
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Loved it !
Delphine_G, May 2022
Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney including Killarney National Park
Bat is really great guide with a lot of interesting stories! Didn’t know that Charlie Chaplin, who lived not far away from my hometown, Geneva, (lived in Vevey) also stayed in Ireland !
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Good value!
Karen_O, May 2022
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Cork: Including Killarney National Park
The driver was knowledgeable and had a lovely kind and humorous manner. I learned a lot of interesting stuff. All stops along the way we’re well planned for a group, so I felt still the experience unique.
star-5
Lovely Day out
Ronke_B, Apr 2022
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Cork: Including Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park, The waterfall was beautiful. The different stops along the way were equally lovely
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Killarney National Park is a must-visit for walkers, wildlife lovers, and history buffs.

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring rainproof gear, as the weather here can be unpredictable.

  • Day tours typically last between six and 11 hours.

  • Most areas of Muckross House are accessible to wheelchair users. Ross Castle has only limited accessibility.

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How to Get There

From Killarney town center, it is just a 10-minute walk or 5-minute drive to the entrance at the north of the park. Sights such as Torc Waterfall and Muckross House are farther from town (about 4.5 miles/7 kilometers), so it’s best to drive or go as part of an organized tour that offers transportation.

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When to Get There

Summer is the busiest season at the park, yet it is also the mildest and, therefore, best for outdoor activities. Early morning and late afternoon offer quieter visits, while fall and spring bring more opportunities for solitude. Winter can be cold—but starkly beautiful.

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Muckross House

Among the park’s biggest attractions is Muckross House, a 19th-century estate sitting upon the shore of the lake with which it shares its name. Queen Victoria stayed here during a visit to the national park in 1861. Today visitors can explore the impressive mansion’s interior, which is packed with period furnishings, as well as the manicured gardens and on-site farm dwellings that paint a picture of farming life in 1930s and 1940s Ireland.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Killarney National Park?
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What else should I know about attractions in Killarney?
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