TRALEE is home to Siamsa Tire, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. Siamsa perform a choice of four superb shows six nights a week during peak summer months. It also hosts concerts, opera, and other theatrical events and international exhibitions in the round gallery.
The award winning Kerry County Museum and Medieval Experience is a ‘must see’. The museum explores the history and archaeology of Kerry and Ireland over 7000 years. You can travel back in time to the Medieval Ages and stroll through the recreated streets and houses of Tralee in 1450. The Blennerville Windmill is Ireland’s largest working windmill. In the Visitor Centre you will find an audio-visual presentation, exhibition gallery, Kerry Model Railway, small craft shop and coffee shop. It includes an Emigration Display and a Bird watching area. Tralee’s other attraction – the Tralee Bay Wetlands offers an nature and activity zone, including guided Nature boat tours and light watersports.
Tralee has gained international fame for its annual Rose of Tralee Festival held each August. This is the one of the largest and longest running festivals in the country. Tralee also hosts the Easter in Tralee, the Feile na mBlath – Park Family Festival and Christy Hennessy Music Festival.
Visitors can avail of the Arnold Palmer designed Tralee Golf Course, Tralee Equestrian Centre, the Kingdom Greyhound Racing Stadium, pitch and putt and many signposted walks. The younger visitor has a broad variety of all weather attractions such as the Aqua Dome Waterworld, Playdium a children’s play area, Bowling and an 8 screen cinema.
Tralee is a great shopping town with a variety of restaurants. In the 30 acre Tralee town Park, there is a spectacular Rose Garden with fantastic varieties of colourful roses, manicured lawns and sculptures. A life-size bronze sculpture by Jeanne Rynhart commemorates the original Rose of Tralee, Mary O’Connor, and her loved one, William Pembroke Mulchinock, who penned the famous ballad in her honour. Situated in the heart of County Kerry, Tralee is the ideal base from which to explore the sandy beaches, the coastal towns of North Kerry, Killarney, the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry.
Places of Interest around Tralee
Facing the broad Atlantic ocean, majestic Kerry is a place of breathtaking scenery where you’ll be enchanted by the wealth of nature’s treasures; from heritage centres to Ireland’s two highest mountains ‘Carrauntoohill’ and ‘Mount Brandon’ and Irelands highest pass ‘The Conor Pass’. Kerry is a place for lovers of all good things in life, from the lake district surrounding Killarney National Park, to the spectacular scenic drives on the Dingle and Ring of Kerry peninsulas. North Kerry, genius in literature, theatre, music, art and storytelling is also the proud home to Ireland’s National Folk Theatre, Siamsa Tíre. And of course, the true Irish culture is alive in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas of Kerry, where traditional Irish music, dance and song come to life. From championship golf courses and world class equestrian centres, to stunning cycling and walking routes, angling, sailing and watersports, Kerry is indeed a haven for activity based holidays.
Kerry The Kingdom
Where History Comes Alive! – 3 Superb Attractions in One: Kerry County Museum is a new departure for Irish Museums. Priceless archaeological treasures stand side-by-side with the latest audiovisual technology. The museum tells the story of Kerry and Ireland from the Stone Age to the Present Day. Visitors are first taken on a visual tour of County Kerry – its scenery, historic monuments, people and traditions – in the audiovisual theatre. Then they are guided through the museum gallery where the history of Ireland is divided into 11 time frames, beginning with the first human settlements and culminating with the achievements of the 20th century. The story is told using life-size figures, graphic panels, scale models, audio and video presentations. The final surprise is Geraldine Tralee – not to be missed! T. 066 712 7777
This small museum, run by the Bantry Historical Society, contains many artifacts of life in Bantry in the past. Open times: Tue-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, closed for lunch: 1-2pm. Exhibits include many local artefacts
phone: 027 55564
Blennerville Windmill & Craft Centre
Blennerville, the 5 storey fully restored windmill, is the focal point of a major visitor complex including a detailed display on Irish Emigration. Tel: 066 7121064
Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre
Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre -contains 3 different elements.
- Activity Zone – A light Water Sports and Activity Lake offering Padelo Boats, Rowing Boats , Water Walker Zorbs for hire and a climbing Wall!
- Nature Zone – Interactive Wildlife Exhibition (multilingual), Guided
Nature Boat Tour (wheelchair friendly), 20 meter Viewing and
Observation Tower (elevator and stair access), Nature Board Walk and Bird Hides!
- Wetlands Visitor Centre – Lakeside Café and Bistro, Gift Shop area, Restrooms, Reception and Information Area.
Activities To Enjoy
Theatre and Concert Venues
Please contact venue in advance for updates on opening days/show times Siamsa Tire – www.siamsatire.com
The National Folk Theatre of Ireland
Tralee (during summer season) Various Productions Tel 066 7123055
Kingdom Greyhound Stadium
Tralee Every Friday and Saturday at 7.50pm and also every Tuesday during the summer season. www.igb.ie/stadia.tri.aspx.
Your family will delight in visiting Kerry’s numerous castles, parks, all weather activity centres and visitor attractions. Be at one with nature, visit a pet farm, enjoy a splash at Aqua Dome Ireland’s largest waterworld and includes a range of exciting features for children and adults alike. The Aqua Dome is Ireland’s largest waterworld and includes a range of exciting features for children and adults alike. Tel: 066 7128899. The Aqua Dome’s unique design features a castle, complete with whirlpool spa and water canons, as well as an area designed exclusively for small children. Each area is patrolled by qualified lifeguards but we do ask customers to be fully aware of the Aqua Dome Customer Safety Policy. The Aqua Dome also features an “adults only” health suite. Telephone: 066-7129150. Visit also Tralee Regional Sports Centre centrally located in the heart of the town close to the train station. Catering for all sporting interests.
Many of the County’s pubs also have live music entertainment through-out the year. Please ask at your local tourist office for further details
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