Killarney’s iconic buildings open for architecture weekend

By Sean Moriarty

Several of Killarney’s best loved building will be open to the public this weekend as the county celebrates  Architecture Kerry Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

A wide range of free events including talks, free guided tours, exhibitions, workshops and family events will take this weekend.

The aim of the festival, which is part of the Creative Ireland Kerry Programme, is to highlight the wide diversity of the architectural landscape in Kerry and to make some of the best-known sites of architectural significance in the county accessible to all ages.

Dozens of public and private buildings across the county will open their doors for free guided tours.

“Following the success of the event last year, we decided to arrange a series of events again this year to promote and highlight some of our unique and attractive architectural heritage in the county.” said Kerry County Council’s Architectural Conservation Officer, Victoria McCarthy, “Throughout Saturday and Sunday, 30 different buildings and sites, more than double the number last year, will be opening their doors for free guided tours. Bookings should be made with each venue as numbers are limited in many cases.”



Please book in advance and mention Architecture Kerry.

Killarney House and Gardens

Saturday and Sunday  9.00am – 6.30pm

A guided tour of restored historical rooms

To book contact: Bríd Colhoun ON085 801 7973

Ross Castle

Sunday 230pm

The guide will provide an outline of life in a medieval tower house

To Book contact: Victoria McCarthyon

Muckross House

Sunday 3.00pm

The Victorian mansion is one of Ireland’s leading stately homes

To book Contact: 064 667 0144

Government Offices

Saturday 11.00am and 12.30pm

Enjoy a tour of this iconic building and its impressive civic space

To book contact: Diarmuid Maguire  on 087 234 1800


Cahernane House Hotel

Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Built in 1877 by Henry Herbert, Cahernane House was the Herbert’s  residence until 1901

To book contact: Emer Corridan on 064 663 1895