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Travel to Killarney

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Killarney is a fun tourism town in County Kerry, south-west Ireland. The town is known for its laid-back and compact centre, and for being the gateway to the dazzling scenery in the nearby Killarney National Park. Some great drives also originate from Killarney, including the famed Ring of Kerry route. The town centre comes with the obligatory charming pubs, cute boutiques and cosy galleries.

During the summer you can expect the place to pack out with American tourists tracking down their Irish heritage, and it does get crowded, but that all just adds to the atmosphere when sitting in the pubs listening to some of the best 'diddly-aye' music in Ireland. Do be aware that this particular corner of Ireland gets more rain than practically anywhere else in Europe. Of note, those looking for Killarney tourist information will find the tourism office situated just west of the town centre, on Beech Road.

Tourists will be able to enjoy a good selection of attractions spread around Killarney, although many of the best do tend to reside within the National Park itself, such as the Muckross House and Gardens. Families should pencil in a trip to Kennedy's Animal, Bird and Pet Farm, which is located on the eastern outskirts of town and will appeal to young children. On Fridays in the town centre is the buzzing Killarney Market, which is certainly not to be missed if you are here at that time. Sightseers should consider a visit to St. Mary's Cathedral, while others may simply be in town to take in a pop concert or football match at the recently upgraded Fitzgerald Stadium.

The natural landmarks surrounding Killarney provide a huge amount of interest to tourists. Particularly impressive is the Torc Waterfall, as well as the Ladies' View observation area, both of which reside within Killarney National Park. Standing in Lough Leane is the Innisfallen Island and its ancient ruined monastery, which can be reached by regular cruises. Located on Cathedral Place is the Knockreer Estate, where the charming the Deenagh Lodge Gate cottage appears to have just jumped off a postcard. However, it is the 15th-century Ross Castle that sees the highest visitor numbers and is just a short walk to the south of the town centre.