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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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$53.57 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic Memorable Day with PaddyWagon Tours.
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.
Clifford_S, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Killarney

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a pleasant driver and his...
JeanMarie_A, May 2022
Killarney National Park Tour
a pleasant driver and his good comments the beauty of thé Site dans l'ensemble une agréable promenade
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Great experience
DUDLEY_C, May 2022
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Cork: Including Killarney National Park
A long day but a really great way to see the highlights of this beautiful part of Ireland Driver was cheerful and informative and the stops were frequent enough to keep the blood circulating Excellent lunch stop
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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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Beautiful Sights
Moira_M, May 2022
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Cork: Including Killarney National Park
Martin was a good guide. Lots of beautiful scenery and the right balance of bus time and time at the stops.
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Fun activity for an outdoorsy person. I would do it again!
Renee_F, May 2022
Killarney National Park Horseback Ride. Co Kerry. Guided. 2 hours.
This activity is exactly what we needed. It was a fun and amazing experience. They supply boots and hats and give a brief tutorial on handling the horses; which were already saddled. The guides were young and very professional. The horses were beautiful, friendly and pleasant. The weather was warm and partly sunny. The cascading mountains and the view from the hilltop is serene. It was a great experience!
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Absolutely breathtaking
dathyl_L, Apr 2022
The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park
Our tour guide Dennis was incredible!! So invested and knowledgeable about our trip and the land! He was fun to listen to and made sure we got our photo ops in and didn’t hesitate to answer any questions! The tour was BREATHTAKING!! So so beautiful and listening to Irish music while driving through the countryside was just the cherry on top! Absolutely stunning tour to places untouched in the Irish countryside!! 10/10 recommend!!
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Wonderful Day Trip from Killarney
AnnaMaria_A, Apr 2022
The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park
This was such a wonderful experience and was the perfect way to explore Killarney and the Ring of Kerry (especially if you do not rent a car). Dennis was an amazing tour guide--he clearly knew the area like the back of his hand. My friends and I appreciated how friendly he was and how he was always offering to take pictures for everyone!
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Killarney National Park Tour
PeterO, Jan 2022
Killarney National Park Tour
Really enjoyed our tour around Killarney National Park. Amazing scenery and plenty of opportunities to hop out and take photos along the way. Our tour guide Damien was sound, very knowledgeable of the area and gave us great information about the place. Highly recommend this tour, great way to shake off the cobwebs!
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Excellent day.
JohnB_A, May 2022
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Cork: Including Killarney National Park
Riding thru rugged mountains and seeing coastline. National Forest. Fish and chips and Beef Stew. Radio on bus was used too loudly. Needed some quiet times!
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A Rainy Day, But Sunny in Our Hearts
Paul_G, Apr 2022
Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney including Killarney National Park
The informative commentary from our Kerryman coach driver and the stunning wild scenery of the villages in the Ring were most memorable.
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A Rewarding Experience
Kaitlyn_C, Apr 2022
Killarney National Park Horseback Ride. Co Kerry. Guided. 2 hours.
The weather was beautiful, the horses were so well trained and the staff were so friendly and fantastic
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This was by far the best...
Leila_H, Apr 2022
Killarney National Park Tour
This was by far the best way to see the beautiful National park! If we had of walked it would have taken hours but the carriage ride allowed us to see a lot of great sights and our guide Martin was awesome. He told us a lot of history and soke fub stories!

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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Gap of Dunloe Tours from Killarney

Gap of Dunloe Tours from Killarney


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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As well as visiting the Killarney National Park, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: