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Take a tour of the Muckross mansion and gardens

April 26, 2011 - 2:27am
Muckross Gardens
There are plenty of historical attractions to see in Ireland, many of which are famous for their impressive architectural qualities. Those who are heading to Killarney should consider checking out the Muckross House, a 19th-century structure that is quite a popular sight in County Kerry.

The House is located between the two of the three Lakes of Killarney - Muckross Lake and Lough Leane. The property spans about four miles and features a beautiful mansion built in 1843 by Scottish archirect William Burn, specially commissioned by Irish politician Henry Arthur Herbert and his artist wife Mary Balfour.

Built in a Tudor-style fashion, there are 65 rooms in the massive residence, which was often visited by Queen Victoria in the 1860s. Following financial troubles of the Herbert family, the property was sold to Arthur Guinness, who turned it into a public space within Killarney National Park.

Visitors will enjoy taking a stroll through the gardens, as its open air and colorful plant life provide a wonderful backdrop to a relaxing day exploring the historical gems of Ireland. Admission to the gardens is free and tours of the mansion are offered for a small charge.