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Ross Castle

A lakeside citadel steeped in legend

09:30 – 17:45

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Ross Castle

A lakeside citadel steeped in legend

09:30 – 17:45

See all opening times

Limited Access

Admission by guided tour only
Maximum number: 6
Tours hourly 10:00 -17:00
No pre-booking: first come, first served basis
Free Admission

Admission

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Getting here

Ross Castle,
Ross Road,
Killarney,
Co. Kerry
V93 V304

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Trip Advisor

4.5

Ross Castle

Ross Castle perches in an inlet of Lough Leane. It is likely that the Irish chieftain O’Donoghue Mór built it in the fifteenth century.

Legend has it that O’Donoghue still slumbers under the waters of the lake. Every seven years, on the first morning of May, he rises on his magnificent white horse. If you manage to catch a glimpse of him you will enjoy good fortune for the rest of your life.

Ross Castle was the last place in Munster to hold out against Cromwell. Its defenders, then led by Lord Muskerry, took confidence from a prophecy holding that the castle could only be taken by a ship. Knowing of the prophecy, the Cromwellian commander, General Ludlow, launched a large boat on the lake. When the defenders saw it, this hastened the surrender – and the prophecy was fulfilled.

Opening Times

28 February – 01 November

Daily 09:30 – 17:45

Average length of visit: 1 hour

Last admission 1 hour before closing

Notice

Challenging access for visitors with mobility issues — very steep incline.

Please note that this site is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months.

All groups of 10 people or more must be pre-booked.

Contact

Ross Castle,
Ross Road,
Killarney,
Co. Kerry
V93 V304

064 663 5851

Getting Here

2km from Killarney, off N71 (Kenmare Road)

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Facilities

  • Brochure
  • Car park
  • Exhibition
  • Gift Shop
  • Guided tours
  • Interpretive exhibit
  • Museum
  • Walking trails
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Restrictions

  • Hold hand rail
  • Uneven walkways

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