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Ever been to County Kerry? When visiting The Kingdom, you can’t miss out on seeing the historic houses and castles. Many historic Irish houses and castles are open to the public and are popular destinations for daily visitors. Some of Kerry’s houses, such as the 19th century Muckross House Mansion, which has the Killarney National Park as the backdrop, are owned by the state. As our house draw is in the beautiful town of Killarney, we’ve put together a list of the historic houses and castles in the area for you to visit.
Ross Castle, Killarney, Kerry: Ross Castle is situated on the edge of Killarney’s lower lake and was built in the 15th century. It is a prime example of the stronghold of an Irish chieftain in the Middle Ages that eventually came into the hands of the Brownes. The Brownes became the Earls of Kenmare and owned a large portion of the land that is now known as Killarney National Park. It has since been fully restored and furnished with oak furniture.
Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, Killarney, Kerry: Muckross House, is located on the shores of Muckross Lake with Killarney National Park as the backdrop. As a focal point within the park, the house is a great base to explore the wider landscape. The house was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, Mary Balfour Herbert. The house is only located 3.6km from Killarney town in County Kerry, making it the perfect location for a family day out.
Muckross Friary, Killarney, Kerry: Muckross Friary is located in Killarney National Park, on the shores of Lough Leane. It was founded in the 15th century and is an extraordinary work of preservation. The tower was added after the church was constructed and is the only Franciscan tower in Ireland which is as wide as the church itself. It was established under the patronage of Donal MacCarthey in around 1140, and still stands today.
Parkavonear Castle, Killarney, Kerry: Just a short walk from Aghadoe Church and Round tower, this 13th Century castle ruin can be found. The two storeys which are still standing are joined by a staircase within the wall, and a fireplace is situated on the first floor.
For €100 you could win a stunning new build A-rated 3-bedroom house superbly located in Killarney. The house is just a short walk from the town, which has an abundance of shops, bars, and restaurants. You can also explore the scenic beauty of Killarney National Park, which is home to these historic houses and castles. We will also be running 5 more bonus draws up until the final draw at the end of July, so get your ticket to enter the draw now to be included in the next one. You could win €1000, so what are you waiting for?