The focal point of the National Park and a major tourist attraction in the area is Muckross House, gardens and farms. This 19th century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park. The house was designed by Scottish architect William Burn and built for Henry Arthur Herbert. Building commenced in 1839 and was completed in 1843. Today, the principal rooms are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the 19th century landowning class. In the 1850s, the Herbert family undertook extensive garden works in preparation for the visit of Queen Victoria in 1861.
At Muckross Traditional Farms you are invited to take a stroll down memory lane, to a time before the advent of electricity when all work was carried out using traditional methods. Visit the traditional cottages and meet and chat with the farmers and their wives as they go about their daily work in the houses, on the land, and with the animals. Visitors can also enjoy a complimentary trip aboard the Muckross Vintage Coach which circulates the farms.