Muckross House, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Muckross HouseThe world renowned Muckross House is situated amidst the spectacular scenary of Killarney National Park - Ireland's premier National Park, comprising 10,000 hectares of mountains, woods and lakeland.

Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the house, visit the traditional farms, the craft shop or the garden restaurant.

Phone: +353 64 6631440 or visit our website:

Thursday 30 August 2012

Muckross Bookbindery - Original Kerry Crafts

Mucros Bookbindery and Paper Conservation Workshop

At our workshop, in Killarney National Park, we employ traditional bookbinding skills, with modern conservation methods, to provide the very best, all-round, care for items on paper.

We undertake rare book and paper repairs on early printed books, manuscripts and maps, as well as on leather bindings and vellum documents. The only materials that we use are of archival quality and are acid free.

Completed project in presentation box

Over the past thirty years, we have worked closely with many clients throughout the country, from libraries, colleges and museums, to the antiquarian and book publishing trades. Our reputation for a high quality service has largely grown by word of mouth. We are happy to advise you on how to protect your collections for the future.
We enjoy the variety and challenges of our work, from the rebinding and repair of books, to disaster response for those collections damaged by floodwaters or fire. For more see our Website.

If you would like to discuss a particular project,
Please contact Paul Curtis at:
Tel. No. 00 353 (0) 64 6670151

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Tuesday 28 August 2012

Mucros Weavers


For over thirty years Mucros Weavers have produced quality woven accessories, under the expert eye of master weaver John Cahill. Our colourful scarves,stoles, capes, caps, bags and rugs are made from
materials such as wool, mohair, viscose and alpaca.

Visitors to Muckross House can still see spinning and weaving carried out the traditional way, in our craft workshop.From small beginnings, Mucros Weavers have grown to supply over one hundred shops world wide, in countries such as the USA, Canada, France, Germany and Japan.

These beautiful scarves are hand woven from the finest materials at the Mucros Weaving Workshop situated in the grounds of Muckross House near the picturesque town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

             Our headwear and scarf collection add elegance and style to any outfit.

A view of Muckross Lake as seen from Muckross
House, where our workshop is located.
A Weaver at work.


Our range includes a wide array of quality products,
including caps, scarves,shawls, rugs and handbags,
as can be seen below.

More of our range can be seen on our website,


Sinéad Bag and matching Newsboy Cap

At Ireland's Creative Expo, Showcase Ireland, Mucros Weavers were voted Supplier of the Year for 2012, for Textiles, Apparel and Accessories. This is the third successive year that Mucros Weavers have won this prestigious award.


Contact John Cahill at:                      
Tel No. 00 353 (0) 64 6670156 

         or 00 353 (0) 64 6634526
Fax No. 00 353 (0) 64 6634605



Monday 27 August 2012

151 years today since Queen Victoria's visit to Muckross House!

The Herbert Family of Muckross enjoyed a high social standing, which reached its climax in 1861, with the visit of Queen Victoria to Killarney. Although the Queen had visited Ireland on two previous occasions, in 1849 and 1853, this was the first time that Kerry was included in her itinerary.

The Queen was accompanied by Albert, the Prince Consort, the Prince of Wales, Prince Alfred, Princess Alice and Princess Helena.


Queen Victoria (1819-1901) of the United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India,
ascended the throne in 1837
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
was born in 1819 and
married Queen Victoria in 1840.
He died of typhoid in December 1861

The Royal party stayed the night of Monday, 26 August, at Killarney House, home of the Earl of Kenmare. They then travelled on to Muckross, where they spent the following two nights. The Queen's visit to Killarney House was very much a state occasion. However, her stay at Muckross was a much more private affair. The local press reported that Her Majesty 'had declared her intention of being "very quiet" while at Muckross.' (Kerry Evening Post, Wednesday 28 August 1861).


Albert Edward (1841-1910), Prince of Wales.
Ascended the throne as Edward VII in January
 1901 following the death of his mother Queen Victoria

At 6.30 pm on the evening of Monday, 26 August, the Royal train arrived in Killarney from Dublin. The Royal party were then escorted to Killarney House, where a large dinner was held that evening. The next day the Queen embarked at Ross Castle for a day on the Lakes. Lunch was served at Glena Cottage. In the evening the party returned to Ross Quay, from where they were escorted back to Killarney House.

Queen Victoria spent the night of Monday 26 August,
in this house, known as Killarney House.
It was demolished during the 1870s
At about 6.30pm that same evening, Tuesday 27 August, the Queen and her family set out for Muckross. They were accompanied by The Right Hon. Henry Arthur Herbert, Viscount Castlerosse (of the Kenmare family) and a troop of the Royal Dragoons. The Times described how Mr and Mrs Herbert received the Queen on the lawn at the door of Muckross House. A host of other ladies and gentlemen were also present and greeted the Queen enthusiastically.
(The Times, Friday 30 August 1861).

Queen Victoria spent the night of Monday 26
August,in this house, known as Killarney House.
It was demolished during the 1870s
Elaborate preparations had been carried out at Muckross for the Royal visit. Tapestries, mirrors, Persian carpets, silverware, musical instruments, linen, china and servants uniforms, are all said to have been specially commissioned for the occasion. The curtains, which still hang in the Dining Room of Muckross House, were specially woven, probably in Paris, for the occasion.

Queen's Bedroom, Muckross House

 Window Upholstery installed in
 the Diningroom 
of Muckross House for the visit of
Queen Victoria in August 1861
The Queen's apartments at Muckross were described in the local press as follows:
'An entire section of the mansion has been set apart for the royal family, so that all their apartments communicate without the necessity of passing into the corridors to be used by other occupants of the house. The Queen will live here in privacy, and from the windows of her rooms she can walk into delightful grounds, which will be kept private during her stay at Muckross. In her sitting room - which, like all the others, is a splendid apartment furnished richly and tastefully, there is a series of views of the Lakes of Killarney, painted by Mrs Herbert. They are works of the highest artistic excellence.'
(Kerry Evening Post, Wednesday 28 August 1861).

Torc Waterfall, Killarney

The following day the Queen, accompanied in her carriage by Mrs Herbert, drove around the Muckross Demesne, visiting Dinis Island, Mangerton and Torc waterfall.

Mr Herbert's Staghunt, Killarney, Upper Lake,
 1878, by W.A. Nesfield

Following lunch at Muckross House, the party then embarked at Muckross boathouse for Tomies to view a stag hunt upon the Lake.
(Kerry Evening Post, Saturday 31 August 1861).

On Thursday 29th August, the morning of her departure, Queen Victoria visited Muckross Abbey, a fifteenth century Franciscan friary within the Muckross demesne. Eleanor, the eldest Herbert daughter described this visit as having been, 'very quiet, hardly any of the suite with us, they were all enchanted and wandered over it gathering ferns and leaves as recollections. She is to have ivy from the Abbey and ferns from various places sent to Osborne as recollections of this place.'

Watercolour of Muckross Abbey, 1861, by Mary Balfour Herbert.
Queen's Bedroom, Muckross House

Before departing from Muckross, the Queen sent for Mrs Mary Herbert and presented her with a bracelet of gold, pearls and diamonds. Her daughters, Eleanor and Blanche, also each received a piece of jewellery. The Royal Collection at Windsor Castle contains three water-colours by Mary Herbert. Presumably Mary presented these to the Queen on her departure.

At noon the Royal party left Muckross House for Killarney Railway station. There they boarded their train for Dublin, which they reached in just a little over five hours. Mr Miller, Chief engineer of the Great Southern and Western Railway drove the train both to and from Killarney. (Kerry Evening Post, Saturday 31 August 1861). The unstable financial situation of the Herberts in the late nineteenth century may have stemmed from the outlay involved in preparations for this Royal visit.

Thursday 23 August 2012

Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, one of Killarneys Top 3 attractions!

Image courtesy of Tripadvisor

Did you know that Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms is rated as one of the 3 best visitor attractions in Killarney on Tripadvisor? Almost 94% of reviewers rated it at 4 or 5 stars, describing it as excellent or very good, the highest ratings possible on Tripadvisor!
Image courtesy of Tripadvisor
We are delighted to hear that our visitors are enjoying their visits so much! Why not add your reviews if you have visited us, we would love to hear about your experience! And if you haven’t had the chance to visit us yet, then don't just take our word for it, hear what visitors themselves have to say and pay us a visit!

Sunday 19 August 2012

A short history of Muckross House.

Muckross House
This nineteenth century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park. The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney's three lakes, famed worldwide for their splendour and beauty. As a focal point within Killarney National Park, Muckross House is the ideal base from which to explore this landscape.

A still morning on Muckross Lake

Muckross House was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the water-colourist Mary Balfour Herbert. This was actually the fourth house that successive generations of the Herbert family had occupied at Muckross over a period of almost two hundred years. William Burn, the well-known Scottish architect, was responsible for its design. Building commenced in 1839 and was completed in 1843.

Muckross House, probably mid 1860s
Rhododendrons in bloom during the month of May, Muckross Gardens.
 Originally it was intended that Muckross House should be a larger, more ornate, structure. The plans for a bigger servants' wing, stable block, orangery and summer-house, are believed to have been altered at Mary's request. Today the principal rooms are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the nineteenth century landowning class. In the basement, one can imagine the busy bustle of the servants as they went about their daily chores.

Autumn colours, Muckross Gardens
During the 1850s, the Herberts undertook extensive garden works in preparation for Queen Victoria's visit in 1861. Later, the Bourn Vincent family continued this gardening tradition. They purchased the estate from Lord and Lady Ardilaun early in the twentieth century. It was at this time that the Sunken Garden, Rock Garden and the Stream Garden were developed.

For more information about Muckross House, the estate and its history see our website here.

A step back into the 1920's!

As part of Heritage Week, members of Dóchas Drama Group have been performing as members of the Herbert family, the one time owners of the Muckross estate and as various other characters that were part of Muckross House at the time, including Butlers, Maid's and more!

Their presence throughout the tour of the House is very entertaining as they go about their day as they would have almost 100 years ago! But don't just take our word for it, experience it for yourself! Dóchas cast members will be performing again next weekend, Saturday 25th August and Sunday 26th August, during regular tours of the house from 2pm onwards, all as part of Heritage Week here at Muckross.

Saturday 18 August 2012

Heritage Week is finally here!

Today marks the beginning of Heritage Week 2012 here in Muckross, with a packed week of events taking place. We have a whole host of free events taking place in the Gardens, including Céilí workshops and ancient music workshops, plus the regular House tours will have the added fun of meeting characters from our past that lived in, owned, visited or worked in the House during the 1920's, on selected days,  with members of Dóchas Drama Group playing the parts!
Life in the House had its ups and downs for the servants!

The Craft Shop is celebrating Heritage Week by offering a 10% discount to any customers who have purchased a Joint ticket to the House and Traditional Farms from Monday 20th to Friday 24th, but we will save the best for last!

This Sunday, August 19th and Sunday August 26th admission to Muckross House or Traditional Farms is just €1 per Adult, Child or O.A.P or just €3 for a Famliy ticket! So join us this Heritage Week for family days out that you can't afford to miss out on! See Facebook and our Blog for more!

Thursday 16 August 2012

Muckross Traditional Farms - A step into the past.

Take a step back to the Ireland of the 1920's and 1930's..

Take a virtual Tour of the Traditional Farms and see what we have to offer! This video can only provide a brief glimpse into the fantastic Traditional Farms, it really is something that you must experience for yourself to appreciate, why not plan a visit?

Wednesday 15 August 2012

The Craft Centre celebrates Heritage Week 2012!

To celebrate Heritage Week 2012, Muckross Craft Shop is offering a 10% discount to all customers that purchase a joint ticket to Muckross House and the Traditional Farms, from 20/08/12 to 24/08/12! To avail of this offer simply present your ticket at the Register when you are making your next purchase!*

For more see our Facebook page:!/media/set/?set=a.381103615290734.88334.115299308537834&type=1

*One ticket entitles the customer to a once off 10% discount on any goods purchased in the Craft Shop, including sale items, from 18/08/12 to 26/08/12. This discount does not apply in the Traditional Farms Shop or Garden Restaurant

Wednesday 8 August 2012

August sunshine at Muckross

A friend of ours on our Facebook page, Carlotta Coerini, took this incredible shot of the view of Muckross Lake as seen from the House. The weather is amazing here in Killarney at the moment, why not plan a visit?

Muckross Lake. (Picture: Carlotta Coerini)

We offer a great value joint ticket which offers admission to the Muckross House itself and the Traditional Farms! As the great reviews that we recieve on Tripadvisor will telll you, its well worth a visit! Theres something for all the family here too, with walks through the 26,000 acre National Park that is home to Muckross, great shopping in the Craft Shop, Pottery, Weaving and Bookbindry workshops, great food in our Garden Restuarant, family fun on the Traditional Farms and of course the beautiful Muckross House itself. See the Muckross website for more info!

Tuesday 7 August 2012

Mucros Pottery

Did you know that for almost thirty years a unique range of hand-thrown pottery has been skilfully crafted by Margaret Phelan right here in Muckross? The designs of this pottery are inspired by the scenic beauty, rich history and culture of Ireland and the beautiful National Park which is home to Muckross. This pottery proudly carries the name 'Mucros', the Irish name for Muckross.

Every piece of our pottery is hand made in the Craft Centre; we even have a viewing gallery in our Craft Shop where you can watch as the pottery is made, from beginning to completion! The entire range of pottery is available in our Craft Shop, just upstairs from where its produced.

The distinctive honey and blue glazes have been the hallmark of our quality pottery for over ten years, and now a new range has been introduced for this year, the Sandstorm range. We will have pictures of this beautiful new range shortly; in the meantime here is some information on the classic blue and honey range which we still produce.

Monday 6 August 2012

Craft Shop Deal of the week!

As you may know, our Craft Shop offers a fantastic selection of Giftware, Clothing, Crafts and Souvenirs, all at unbeatable prices! We are now offering a Deal of the Week every week instore, with great gifts at amazing prices.

This week’s offer is a set of 3 beautiful Irish designed Newgrange Glassware candleholders, R.R.P €30.00, which are amazing value at just €19.00!

Call instore to avail of this incredible offer, just one of the many great gifts at excellent value here in Muckross Craft Centre! Why not subscribe to our Blog and sign up to our mailing list on our Facebook page to be the first to hear about Muckross events, promotions, deals and news!

Thursday 2 August 2012

Muckross Heritage Week 2012

Muckross Heritage Week 2012

Taking place from Saturday August 18th to Sunday August 26th, Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms present a range of events that are ideal for all the Family.
Admission prices to the House or Farms are just €1 per person or €3 for a Family for each attraction on Sunday August 19th and Sunday August 26th.

August 18th to Sunday August 26th

Events at Muckross House 

Date: August Saturday 18th Heritage Week 2012

Title: Ancient Music of Ireland
This entertaining performance will include a demonstration of instruments from Ireland’s Stone Age, Bronze Age and Medieval Times. Join us on the lawn area beside Muckross House (between the Restaurant and the House) for this unique experience.

Time: 14.00 - 1600
Admission: Free

Date: August Saturday 18th Heritage Week 2012

Title: A Glimpse of Muckross House during the 1920s.
Cast members of Dóchas Drama Group, Killarney, will portray some of the characters
who owned, visited and worked at Muckross House, during the 1920s. These re-enactments will take place during some of the normal guided tours of the House.

Time: 14.00 – 18.00
Admission: Family €17.50 Adult €7.00 Child/Student €3.00