Attractions : Near Killeen House

Killeen may be in the heart of one of the greatest golfing regions in the world, but it also has magnificient countryside, charming little villages and ancient abbeys and castles. There is a wealth of things to do and see during your visit...... The below attractions are just a small selection that are within a few minutes from the Killeen.
The attractions in the South West section are also very close to the Killeen house so please check that out here .

Please note this is just a small selection of sights and things to do in this area. For a more comprehensive guide to what to do in this area please see related links below.

Muckross House

Within Killarney National Park is Muckross House, A magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Irelands leading stately homes. The elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyles of the landed gentry, while downstairs in the basement one can experience the working conditions of the servants employed in the House. The Gardens at Muckross House are renowned world-wide for their beauty. In particular they are noted for their fine collections of azaleas and rhododendrons, an extensive water garden, and an outstanding rock garden hewn out of natural limestone. Muckross House is also home to a number of skilled craft workers who can be viewed using traditional skills in the crafts of weaving, bookbinding and pottery.
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Blennerville Windmill

Blennerville is Ireland´s only commercially operated windmill. It is also the tallest of its kind in Europe: 21.3 metres high. This 18th century windmill is now open to the public. There are many fascinating workings to be seen as the giant sails turn. Visitors are guided by the miller through each element of the four making process. Within the Windmill Visitor Centre there is a new exhibition and audio-visual presentation on Blennerville’s colourful history. During the Great Famine (1845-50) Blennerville was the main port of emigration from County Kerry. The Windmill Courtyard has a craft shop, traditional pottery, enamel and metalwork craft units.
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Crag Caves

A unique, all weather visitor attraction at the gateway to County Kerry.Crag Cave is formed of limestone, it is a colourful wonderland of stalagmites and stalactites. Discovered in 1983 and thought to be over one million years old, this natural attraction has dramatic sound and lighting effects. A visit to Crag Cave will delight and enthrall all ages and our friendly guides will be pleased to explain the origins of the Cave, describe its many beautiful formations and introduce visitors to a world older than mankind.
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Derrynane House

Derrynane House was the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, the Irish statesman who played an important role in gaining Catholic Emancipation in 1829.
Today some 120 hectares of the lands of Derrynane, together with Derrynane House, make up Derrynane National Historic Park. Plantations and garden walks were laid out in the 18th and 19th centuries, principally north and west of the house.
Some features of the demesne are strongly associated with Daniel O'Connell, including the old Summer House. The main area of the gardens, set inland and to the north of the house, can be reached through a tunnel under the road.
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Muckross Farm

Muckross Traditional Farm preserves in real life the farming traditions of rural Ireland in the past. Three separate working farms, with a range of farm animals including traditional Kerry cows and farm machinery will help you relive the past. Muckross Traditional Farms takes you back to a time before the advent of electricity when all work was carried out using traditional methods. Meet and chat with the farmers and their wives as they go about their daily work in the houses, on the land, and with the animals. A complimentary vintage coach operates around the Traditional Farms for the benefit of elderly and physically challenged visitors.
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Dingle Ocean World

Dingle Aquarium is situated in Dingle town opposite the Marina. Exciting new displays for 2005: Amazon display including piranha, poisonous frogs and catfish. Jellyfish and seahorse display. Feel the fish life in the touch pool, walk through the underwater tunnel, come face to face with the sharks and Molly the turtle.
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The Blasket Centre

The Great Blasket Centre on the mainland in Dún Chaoin (Dunquin), on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, is an interpretative centre/museum honouring the unique community who once lived on the Great Blasket Island. This community produced an extraordinary amount of literature, referred to as The Blasket Library, which includes classics such as The Islandman, Twenty Years A Growing and Peig.
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Seanchaí – Kerry Literary & Cultural Centre

Located in a beautifully restored 19th century Georgian Residence next to Listowel Castle, in Listowel’s magnificent Square, Seanchaí – Kerry Literary & Cultural Centre portrays the lives of North Kerry’s famous writers in a unique audio-visual experience. Writers featured include John B. Keane, Bryan MacMahon, Brendan Kennelly, George Fitzmaurice & Maurice Walsh.
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Ring Of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is part of the mystical & unspoilt Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. It's spectacular beauty is beyond question and it is a natural centre for outdoor pursuits including golf, watersports , cycling, walking, riding and the very best fisdhing for salmon & trout. The Ring of Kerry has some of the finest beaches in Europe that provide all the facilities for a traditional seaside holiday. Above all the Ring of Kerry provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland - see the Iron Age Forts & Ogham Stones, Old Monasteries and a landscape carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago. Visitors to Ireland should not miss a trip to the beautiful Ring of Kerry.
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Dingle Peninsula

There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as the Dingle Peninsula. This mountainous finger of land which juts into the Atlantic Ocean has supported various tribes and populations for almost 6,000 years. Because of the peninsula's remote location, and lack of specialised agriculture, there is a remarkable preservation of over 2,000 monuments. It is impossible to visit the Dingle Peninsula and not be impressed by its archaeological heritage. When one combines each site's folklore and mythology, which have been passed orally from generation to generation through the Irish language, one can begin to understand how unique and complex is the history of this peninsula.
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Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park is located beside the town of Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. It was the first national park established in Ireland, created when Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish state in 1932. The park has since been substantially expanded and encompasses over 102.89 km2 (25,425 acres) of diverse ecology, including the Lakes of Killarney, Oak and Yew woodlands of international importance, and mountain peaks. It has Ireland’s only native herd of Red Deer and the most extensive covering of native forest remaining in Ireland. The park is of high ecological value because of the quality, diversity, and extensiveness of many of its habitats and the wide variety of species that they accommodate, some of which are rare. The park was designated an UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1981. The park is also known for its beautiful scenery.
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Related Links

www.killarney.ie
www.corkkerry.ie
www.irelandwest.ie

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