The Brandon Hotel, Leisure Centre and Spa on Prince's Street is one of Kerry's top hotel.

Attractions in Tralee

Home of the internationally acclaimed Rose of Tralee festival, the town of Tralee is located on the coast of Tralee Bay in the heart of Kerry. The capital of the county, it is a vibrant, bustling town packed with great theatres, pubs and restaurants. The Brandon Hotel is the perfect accommodation with a variety of Kerry Things To Do.

Tralee offers visitors a wide range of tourist attractions. Experience the town’s medieval past at the Geraldine Experience Museum, take in a show at the famous National Folk Theatre – Siamsa Tire, explore the recently restored Blennerville Windmill or Fancy a night out with a difference, then why not not try the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium it is conviently located within walking distance of Tralee town so is ideal for visitors or even locals within the Tralee area.

Tralee has beautiful parks to explore, Woodland walks through the forest at Ballyseedy wood or Scotia’s Glen, offers walking and cycle routes of all distances and difficulty which should suit everyone. If its a spot of shopping that takes your fancy then look no further than Manor West retail park.

Then at the end of each day, relax in the comfort and warmth of the Brandon three star Hotel in Tralee.

Just 10 miles from Kerry International Airport and close to the Ring of Kerry, The Brandon Hotel Tralee also offers visitors the perfect base for exploring Kerry and it’s diverse menu of scenic beauty, historical sites and world class golf courses . Located on the Atlantic seaboard, there are miles of beautiful golden beaches and spectacular scenery just waiting to be discovered.

Things to Do in Tralee

The “Wild Atlantic Way” in County Kerry

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Website: http://www.wildatlanticway.com/home/

The “Wild Atlantic Way” is Ireland’s first long-distance driving route, stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork, offering visitors an opportunity to truly discover the west coast of Ireland.

Places to Discover along the Route include, Tralee Bay Area, Inch Beach, Dingle Peninsula, Valentia Island & the World Famous Kerry Way route amongst many other beautiful places in Kerry.

 

Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre

Website: http://www.traleebaywetlands.org/

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Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre & Nature Reserve is a wonderful spot to visit while out and about in Tralee Town. The Centre has a wide range of activities that are suitable for all ages and fun for all who visit.

The Centre is adjacent to the greater Tralee Bay which is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), and is a designated Natura 2000 site. Tralee Bay was one of the first sites to be accredited by Ramsar as a wetlands of international importance in Ireland.

 

Kerry County Museum

Website: http://kerrymuseum.ie/

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The museum is located in the Ashe Memorial Hall on Denny Street, a fine example of public architecture in the centre of Tralee. The building is named after Thomas Ashe, a Kerryman who was a member of the Irish Volunteers and who died on hunger strike while imprisoned in Mountjoy in 1917.

The Museum aims to give people a sense of place by collecting, caring, researching, interpreting and displaying the material culture and heritage of Co Kerry in a manner that is accessible, inspiring, enjoyable, and contributes to life-long learning.

TIP: Visit the Medieval Experience Exhibition and find out what it would have been like to live in 15th century Tralee or the Tom Crean expedition and find out about one of Kerry’s most famous sons.

 

 The Aqua Dome

Website:  http://aquadome.ie/

AQUA-DOME

 

The Aqua Dome is one of Irelands Largest Indoor Waterworlds & Premier Tourist Attractions. The Aqua Dome offers tropical temperatures all year round and is a Great Day Out for all the family whatever the weather!
It is brimming with exciting features that captures the imagination of both child and adult alike. The Aqua Dome is fun for swimmers & non-swimmers. Just Let Yourself Go…..
You name it the Aqua Dome has it!

  • Swim with the current
  • Surf the Waves
  • Wrestle the River Rapids
  • Relax in the Lazy River
  • Ride the Sky High Flume
  • Plunge down the Outdoor Falling Rapids
  • Enjoy the Whirlpool spas, Bubble seat, Sprays, Cannons, Gushers, Geysers, Children’s pools, Spa pools
  • Enjoy a round of Aqua Golf on the 18 hole course

Siamsa Tíre, National Folk Theatre & Arts Centre

Website: www.siamsatire.com

The home of the National Folk Theatre, rooted in the rich musical and dance traditions of Ireland who present their Summer Season of performances from May to September.Siamsa Tíre in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland is the home of the National Folk Theatre of Ireland.

Bringing together the people of Kerry and visitors from all over the world to enjoy the best of Irish culture – music, song and dance. Thousands of visitors to Kerry have enjoyed performances in our theatre as a highlight of their trip to Ireland. There is an energy, a wildness, a passion about these performances, using the best of traditional arts, which come together to create a memorable and emotional experience for  visitors.

 

Blennerville Windmill

Website: http://goo.gl/HcTIyq

Blennerville is Ireland´s only commercially operated windmill. It is also the tallest of its kind in Europe: 21.3 metres high. This 18th century windmill is now open to the public. There are many fascinating workings to be seen as the giant sails turn. The adjoining building houses interesting exhibitions on emigration and The History of Milling.

 

Tralee Golf Course

Website: http://www.traleegolfclub.com/

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When Arnold Palmer came to Barrow he thought he had never seen a piece of land so ideally suited to golf. The Tralee area is lucky to have a choice of world class golf courses from the Tralee golf course at Barrow, to Ballybunion’s famous links. The settings of these courses are so spectacular that it is easy to be distracted by the splendor of your surroundings.

Golf Courses in Kerry

Here in Kerry you’ll be spoiled for choice as we have 18 golf stunning golf courses from which to choose;

  • Ardfert Golf Club – Tralee –  Parkland
  • Ballybeggan Park Golf Club – Tralee  – Parkland
  • Ballybunion Golf Club – Ballybunion  – links
  • Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club – Tralee – Parkland
  • Beaufort Golf Club – Killarney  – Parkland
  • Castlegregory Golf Club – Castlegregory  – Links
  • Dingle Golf Links / Ceann Sibeal – Ballyferriter  – Links
  • Dooks Golf Club – Glenbeigh  – Links
  • Kenmare Golf Club – Kenmare  – Parkland
  • Kerries Golf Club – Tralee  – Parkland
  • Killarney Golf Club – Killarney  – Parkland
  • Killorglin Golf Club – Killorglin  – Parkland
  • Listowel Golf Club – Listowel  – Parkland
  • Parknasilla Golf Club – Sneem – Parkland
  • Ring Of Kerry Golf Club – Kenmare  – Parkland
  • Ross Golf Club – Killarney  – Parkland
  • Tralee Golf Club – Ardfert  – Links
  • Waterville Golf Club – Waterville  – Links

 

Around Kerry…

 

Glentenassig Woods

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YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ZesXn168Np4

This hidden gem of west Kerry can be found a few kilometres outside of Castlegregory Town just off the R560, tucked away deep in the hills. After driving down a long backroad that seems like it’s going nowhere uphill, eventually you will be greeted by the tranquil views of the upper lake. The lake has a safe walkway all around it so as to enjoy this beautiful place at little easier.

Tip: The Lake is a great place to do a spot of fishing or just to relax.

Crag Cave

Website: http://www.cragcave.com/

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Crag Cave is formed of limestone, it is a colorful wonderland of stalagmites and stalactites. Discovered in 1983 and thought to be over one million years old, this natural attraction has dramatic sound and lighting effects.

Muckross House & Gardens

Website: http://www.muckross-house.ie/

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Muckross House & Gardens is situated close to the shores of Muckross Lake, amidst the beautiful scenery of Killarney National Park. The house is a focal point within the Park and is the ideal base from which to explore its terrain.

 

Dingle Peninsula

Website: http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie/

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There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments. This mountainous finger of land which juts into the Atlantic Ocean has supported various tribes and populations for almost 6,000 years. Because of the peninsula’s remote location, and lack of specialised agriculture, there is a remarkable preservation of over 2,000 monuments. It is impossible to visit the Dingle Peninsula and not be impressed by its archaeological heritage. When one combines each site’s folklore and mythology, which have been passed orally from generation to generation through the Irish language, one can begin to understand how unique and complex is the history of this peninsula.

Fungi the Dolphin

YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m29APiGLcwo

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Fungi the Bottlenose Dolphin resident of Dingle Harbour has, over the past 15 years of his residency warmed the hearts of the thousands of people that have traveled from near and far to see and swim with him. The fact that he is absolutely wild and free , yet remains here in Dingle (now with celebrity status) being vested by thousands, is something which has baffled scientists and laymen alike. One thing is sure though – he loves all the attention!

 

Skellig Islands

Website: http://www.skelligsrock.com/history/

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No trip to Ireland is complete without a visit to this awesome, 6th century, monastic site. Hardy monks lived in beehive huts on this island. Today it’s inhabited by Puffins and Gannets. Charter boats take you on the 8 mile trip to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
UPDATE: In mid to late 2015 the islands were used as one of the locations for filming of the upcoming instalment of the Star Wars Franchise.

The Ring of Kerry

Website: http://www.ringofkerrytourism.com/#vhome

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The World famous Ring of Kerry is part of the mystical & unspoilt Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. It’s spectacular beauty is beyond question and it is a natural centre for outdoor pursuits including golf, watersports , cycling, walking, riding and the very best fishing for salmon & trout. The Ring of Kerry has some of the finest beaches in Europe that provide all the facilities for a traditional seaside holiday.
 

The Gap of Dunloe

Tour Website: http://gapofdunloetours.com/

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The Gap of Dunloe is a wild and rugged gap excavated by forging ice flows during the last ice age. It has a natural beauty to it that can only be appreciated when there in person. The Gap is a great place for a nice walk on a sunny day or if you feel like relaxing, take a horse and carriage trip into the valley, available from the World famous

Kate Kearney’s Cottage which is nestled at the entrance to the Gap of Dunloe.

 

Carrantuohill

Website: http://www.kerrymountainrescue.ie/routes/

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County Kerry is a beautiful place to visit and it has the honour of having not one, but two of the countries highest peaks the tallest of these is Carrantuohill (1004 m), guarded by steep and treacherous crags, its a challenge for those who love the outdoors  and a great day out for all.

 

Ross Castle (Irish: Caisleán an Rois)

Website: http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-west/rosscastle/

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Ross Castle is the ancestral home of the O’Donoghue clan though it is better known for its association with the Brownes of Killarney who owned it until recently. It is located on the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland.