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.

"After debating whether to drive or take a bus tour of Connemara -we found Ireland West Tours. We ended up with one of the best days we had in all of our trip to Ireland. The final treat was a link to the photos he had taken of us, you'll never get that on a bus tour!"

ABCFOX, Minnesota, USA

 

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Satisfying the customer 

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.

"Paul seemed to know just the right amount of time to stop and see things and was very knowledgable and interesting. Even though we had a long day, we wish it lasted longer and felt like we were saying goodbye to a friend when he dropped us off."

Beanie, New York, USA

 

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