Muckross House is a Victorian Mansion set against the panoramic beauty of Killarney National Park. The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney's three famous lakes.

The Mansion was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the artist Mary Balfour Herbert.  Many of her lovely water colours are on display in the house. This was the fourth house that successive generations of the Herberts had occupied at Muckross over a period of nearly two centuries. The well-known Scottish architect, William Burn, was responsible for the design of the building. Construction commenced in 1839 and was completed six years later.  Originally it was intended that Muckross House should be a bigger, more ornate building. The drawings for a bigger servants' quarters, stables, orangery and summer house are believed to have been altered at Mary's request. Today the main rooms are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the nineteenth century wealthy. In the basement one can imagine the hustle and bustle of servants and housekeepers as they went about their daily tasks.  Many visitors draw parallels and similarities between Muckross House and Downton Abbey

The house is surrounded by extensive and beautiful gardens which were undertaken in preparation for Queen Victoria's visit in 1861. The Sunken Garden, Rock Garden and the Stream Garden were developed later on.

"I called Jim at Ireland West Tours looking specifically for a day touring around Galway to do photography. The minute I mentioned this to Jim, he started talking about light and times of day and I knew I was on to the right person! I trusted Jim with the places he recommended and he did not let me down!"

Jan M., Drogheda, Ireland

 

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Over the years we have had several compliments on our drivers from many of our satisfied customers. Click on the link to "Tripadvisor" below to read, in full, the reviews of some of our many happy customers.

"Once you experience a private guided tour, you will never consider a coach tour again! Jim is personable, knowledgeable, and an excellent driver. After 7 days in Ireland, I can say my favorite memories are those spent on our private tour. Best money spent was with Ireland West Tours."

Miss Wanderlust, South Carolina, USA

 

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