Muckross House

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Make sure you find the time to see this amazing House. The house is restored beautifully and the guides give so much information.


Muckross House “Theach Mhucroisis located on the small Muckross Peninsula between Muckross Lake and Lough Leane, two of the most beautifull Lakes of Killarney, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the town of Killarney.

Make sure you find the time to see this amazing House. The house is restored beautifully and the guides give so much information. There is also a great visitor centre and shop filled with Muckross merchandise.

Touring the house is like stepping back in time. The bells to summon the servants to various rooms are still in hall in the basement, and the furnishings are well done.

The well cared for gardens are a sight to see. Relaxing tea rooms and beautiful views. The park is a joy to explore specially on a good day. One can spend an entire day at this place as there is so much to see.

Take the guided tour of the house which is led by a very well informed lady guide. The house is really impressive. An ideal and safe place for all the family. Exceptional views and you can walk for hours. The whole area is immaculately kept, and no parking problems. Bring the kids they will enjoy it.

In 1932 it was presented by William Bowers Bourn and Arthur Rose Vincent to the Irish nation. It thus became the first National Park in the Republic of Ireland and formed the basis of the present day Killarney National Park.

Muckross House is a mansion designed by the Scottish architect, William Burn, built in 1843 for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the water colourist Mary Balflour Herbert.

With sixty-five rooms, it was built in the Tudor style. Extensive improvements were undertaken in the 1850s in preparation for the visit of Queen Victoria in 1861. It is said that these improvements for the Queen's visit were a contributory factor in the financial difficulties suffered by the Herbert family which resulted in the sale of the estate. In 1899 it was bought by Arthur Guinness, 1st Baron Ardilaun who wanted to preserve the dramatic landscape.

In August 1911, not long before the First World War, Muckross House and all the surrounding land were again sold to William Bowers Bourn, a wealthy Californian mining magnate. He and his wife passed it to their daughter Maud and her husband Arthur Rose Vincent as a wedding present. The couple lived there until Maud's death in 1929.

In 1932 her parents Mr. and Mrs. Bournes and their Son-in-law Arthur Vincent decided to present Muckross House and its 11,000 acres estate to the Irish nation. Being called the ″Bourne-Vincent Memorial Park″. In later years the park was substantially expanded by the acquisition of land from the former Earl of Kenmare's estate.

Muckross House provides a window into another age. If you like woodwork, go to see the carved items in the house. Do give the farms a visit also and try the fire-baked soda bread with lashings of country butter - delicious.


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