Muckross House and Gardens, a brief history – Part 2

The royal party of Queen Victoria first stayed at the Earl of Kenmare’s home, Killarney House, before arriving at Muckross on August 27th, 1861 for a two-night stay.The Killarney visit was treated as an official engagement, but Muckross was to host a much more private occasion. The party arrived in Killarney on the royal train and after a banquet toured Ross Castle and the Lakes of Killarney, just as many tourists do today on family holidays.No expense had been spared for their visit. New furniture and fittings – mirrors, tapestries, silver, musical instruments, Persian carpets, china and linen – were ordered throughout the house for the occasion. The servants were given new uniforms and the curtains in the dining room were ordered from Paris, they are still the ... more
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Muckross House and Gardens, a brief history – Part 1

Muckross House is a Victorian mansion in an unrivalled setting that is a world-class attraction in its own right. Built for the Herbert family, who nearly bankrupted themselves to prepare a home fit for Queen Victoria to visit in 1861, it is now a celebration not just of its own history, but also of the wider Kerry region.Muckross House sits on the shores of Muckross Lake, the middle of the three Lakes of Killarney and makes for an ideal destination for a family break. Much of the estate was donated to the nation and formed the basis of Killarney National Park, the first landscape in the country to receive such a designation and now home to some of Ireland’s most endangered and beguiling inhabitants.The Herbert family have Kerry roots much older than the great house they be ... more
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