Muckross Abbey (Irish: Mainistir Locha Léin and Mainistir Mhucrois) is one of the major ecclesiastical sites, found in the Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland. It was founded in 1448 as a Franciscan friary for the Observantine Franciscans by Donal McCarthy Mor.
It has had a violent history and has been damaged and reconstructed many times. The friars were often subjected to raids by marauding groups and were persecuted by Cromwellian forces under Lord Ludlow. Today the abbey is largely roofless although, apart from this, is generally quite well preserved. Its most striking feature is a central courtyard, which contains a large yew tree and is surrounded by a vaulted cloister.
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Kevin Gallaher | May 28, 2018
Great place to visit the past. Be respectful when there as it is a final resting place indoors and out for those who have departed. Keep the kids in check! Take your time and visit and enjoy the ancient architecture. Would be nice if there were more signage about the history. Self guided tour.
Alix Carman | Jun 6, 2018
One of the best abbeys I've been to, and it's free! If you park in the Muckross estate it's about a 10 minute walk down to the abbey. There is a lower parking level if you drive down the main road a bit further that's closer to just the abbey. It's one of the few abbeys I've found where you can still go upstairs, and the grounds surrounding the abbey are gorgeous.
Magen Schaeffler | May 29, 2018
The ruins of this castle are an absolute joy to visit. First of all, entrance is FREE and who doesn’t love that? Second, there is no restrictions like some tourist sites. The entire castle is free to explore and it is simply wonderful! The cemetery outside is also cold to explore with very old graves as well as new. We loved our visit to the abbey and just wish we had more time to explore!
Matt Houtsma | Jun 9, 2018
So cool! You can climb the old stairs and explore at your leisure. The yew tree in the middle is awesome too. Much better than the house in my opinion.
Kai K | Apr 21, 2018
A beautifully serene spot with the history oozing out of the old stones. Best to get here early or late in the day to enjoy the view over the lake. Also, it's easy to miss the upper levels which are accessible as well.
Killian Mullen | Jul 19, 2018
Beautiful gardens and old buildings which are kept very well. Plenty of areas to explore. Long looking trails for a casual relaxing walk or a run, surfaces are very good. Plenty of parking either in the paved area or in specific cordoned off areas on grass. Open all year round.
Noble Paul | Jul 8, 2018
Great place. Great textured building. I enjoyed walking around the area. It's open for public. Free to walk in be out. There is a cemetery. And big tree inside the building. Some people say, if you touch the tree, you will die. I am not sure, how real the fact is. Overall it was great experience walking around the place.
Peter Lilley | Jun 17, 2018
Great part of Irish history, magnificent grounds, amazing walks, great canteen on site serves cost friendly lunch, which you will need!. Could easily spend a day and not get all the activities done. Many people hired bikes and rode the walks... a great Irish experience.
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